Review: Avenging Spider-Man #9 By Kelly Sue DeConnick and Terry Dodson

Avenging Spider-Man #9

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Art by Terry and Rachel Dodson and Edgar Delgado




The short of it:


Peter Parker is hitching a free ride to Boston on the Carol Danvers express, which, unfortunately for him, means she’s flying him in her “new” plane. Let’s call it….rustbucket, or Parker Luck. There’s chemistry between the two Avengers, with Carol opening up to Peter and him awkwardly trying to return the favor before being (thankfully) bailed out by a girl with a jetpack. This leads to a midair rescue as our web swinger has to catch someone without having ANYTHING to web on to…save for the plane Carol can’t stop flying or it will crash. Saving her leads to them getting shot at with missles, and all things go completely to hell on a bridge! I mean, completley and utterly to hell with crazy bank robber, cops, and assholes in super suits. It’s crazy and awesome!


What I liked:


  • Man, this issue made me realize just what exactly is missing in Green Lantern. Carol is a pilot, she flies. Even with her powers she buys herself a plane to fly, and that’s awesome. She has a passion that is established and worked into her character and has nothing to do with her super powers. I hate how rare that feels these days.
  • I knew Kelly Sue was writing this issue ages ago, but I had to double check after I finished. She writes a damn good Spider-Man.
  • The “Cameralistic Liberator” was absolutely hilarious. Pure comic relief on ever panel she’s in. I loved the attempts at naming herself and shooting down Spidey’s jokes at her expense. “D.B. is a terrible name.”
  • “There is no “Y” in freedom.
  • I love the dialog in the issue, if you haven’t noticed yet. Kelly Sue hits a homerun here and crafts an issue that I’ve read again and again and am impatiently awaiting the next part of. This is exactly what I want out of a comic.


What I didn’t like:


  • I understand scheduling being what it is, but I wish this had come out either the same week as Captain Marvel #1 or the week after. Sure, there’s a note in the issue about it, but it’s a pet peeve of mine. I wanted to see Carol debut her new identity in her own book first.
  • That’s it. Seriously, that’s all I didn’t like here. This issue was awesome.


Final Thoughts:


I can’t remember the last time I was as hyped up for a new Marvel book as I am for Captain Marvel. It’s about damn time that they gave that name to a new character (after what happened to Genis after the amazing Peter David run), I mean, it’s their name! It’s the same logic I’ve applied to a need for a Ms. Marvel title, so it’s really fitting that they just took out two birds with one stone and gave Carol the promotion to Captain. She’s a fantastic character that really does belong in Marvel’s top tier, and I’m not just saying that because she’s the only woman currently getting a solo book at the House of Ideas. She’s just a fantastic character that really should be the female face of the Marvel Universe.


I would never say this if not for One More Day, but I’d definitely buy up as much as I could of a Peter Parker/Carol Danvers relationship. It would be so much better than Hawkeye and Spider-Woman. Really, we don’t see nearly enough heroes hooking up. That element of soap opera is awesome and much needed.


I really do dig crazy chicks, Robyn Hood with a Y just kept me entertained the entire time. I’d be surprised if she exists past this arc, but if this is a taste of things to come I expect to love Captain Marvel even more.


This could totally be Avenging Spider-Man’s purpose. Use Spidey to help ease audiences into new ideas or characters. I have to imagine that there will be some sort of sales boost for Captain Marvel because people read this issue and want to see more.




Overall: 9/10

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