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We are given a peak at the space station upon which the Astro-Spider lived. The station holds the final survivors of Earth-3145, a planet ravaged by nuclear war. Verna attacked the station while the Astro-Spider was on Earth on a supply run and found Scarlet Spider, Spider Woman, Spider-Girl, and Spider-Kid. Astro-Spider brings the four back to the space station and finds Verna attacking, and the Astro-Spider is far more concerned about the people within than the Inheritor threat to the multiverse.
Spider-Force #2 dissects the motivations of each member of this ad hoc team. We already knew Jessica and Kaine’s priorities here, but more is given to Ashley, Charlie, and the Astro-Spider, revealed to be the John Jameson of this world.
Christopher Priest has always been skilled giving characters complex and, at times, morally grey motivations. Even with more straightforward hero books like Justice League and Black Panther, Priest knows how to play varying degrees of altruistic intentions against one another. That is more of the case here, where Kaine and Ashley are exploiting Charlie to save everything while wanting to do the heroic thing, Jessica wants to protect her child, and John wants to save his crew. Those intentions clash against one another here.
The order of events still confuses a bit. I believe I know the order in which the last two issues took place, but the jumping around and even, to a lesser degree, the title cards muddle things.
I swear, Jessica Drew and Kaine better survive this.
Paulo Siqueira, Marcelo Ferreira, and Szymon Kudranski split the art in this issue. Their styles gel quite well, each providing a very styled and impressive treatment that blend almost seamlessly. Guru-eFX colors the entire issue to great effect too, keeping things lively and well-contrasted throughout the book.
Spider-Force #2 is a slightly confusing issue that continues to muddle the order of events, but it still expands well upon its characters and provides some surprisingly emotional moments. This one is worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Spider-Force #2 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artists Paulo Siqueira, Marcelo Ferreira, and Szymon Kudranski, inkers Oren Junior, Roberto Poggi, and Szymon Kudranski, color artist Guru-eFX, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and cover artist Shane Davis with Michelle Delecki and Morry Hollowell.
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