Last month’s ‘Avenging Spider-Man’ #9 saw our favorite wall-crawler teaming up with the new Captain Marvel (formerly Ms. Marvel) against a new villain and bank-robber dubbed Robyn Hood. Miss Hood was a little bit out there, claiming to want to help the poor. Even more odd, she didn’t even have a name at first until she came up with one. The strange meter went off the charts when the bank’s private security firm appeared to take Robyn down. When they fired their energy rifles at her, Robyn suddenly grew to superhuman size!
As this issue opens, it’s up to Spider-Man and Captain Marvel to defuse the situation as they try to figure out exactly what the heck is going on. Ms. Mar… er… Captain Marvel (I still can’t get used to that name change.) argues with the head of the security group while Spidey takes a swing on Robyn’s giant knee as she attempts to fly away. Using a little bit of physics knowledge, Captain Marvel blasts Robyn with her energy beams, causing her to grow again. This overloads Robyn’s jet-pack and causes the enlarged girl to come crashing back to Earth.
It doesn’t take long for Spider-Man to do some more scientific math-type stuff and figure out that Robyn’s growth has also overloaded her jet-pack and now she’s going to explode! While our heroes, the security firm, and some legal reps from a Blackbird Industries argue about the fate of Robyn, the giant girl’s creator arrives. Wait!? Creator? Yep. It seems like Robyn is some sort of robot experiment that was created to infiltrate the Occupy movement, hence her “fight the system” mentality. Now the question is… what do you do with a 100 foot tall robot that is about to explode in the middle of New York?
This two issue arc from Kelly Sue DeConnick has been a fun romp and that’s exactly what I look for in a title like this where Spidey teams up with various Avengers teammates. It had great dialogue, a new interesting villain in Robyn, some drama, and some beautiful artwork by Terry and Rachel Dodson. There’s not much more than one could ask for. Plus… Captain Marvel doesn’t have a 90s era mullet in this book. (See Jason’s review of ‘Captain Marvel’ #1 to see what I’m referring to.)
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #10
Story by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art and Cover by Teddy Dodson and Rachel Dodson