We’re now nearing the end of “Spider-Verse,” and with that comes another lackluster installment of Spider-Woman. Generally bland, unfunny, and stifled by “Spider-Verse,” this issue doesn’t just feel like filler, it feels pointless. What’s even worse is that this comic mostly deals with plot points we’ve already seen unfold in Amazing Spider-Man #12 and #13. By the end of Spider-Woman #3, there’s little to take away from it and no cohesive story to recall, making it one of the weakest comics to come out during this event.
After issue #2 was thankfully more focused on Jessica Drew, we begin #3 with Silk and her drive to explore Earth-314. Not only is this a location that’s already been explained and abandoned by the end of Amazing Spider-Man #13, the scenes we see here are just frames of Silk traversing the area on her own. Spider-Woman isn’t with her and hasn’t even been to Earth-314, so I have no idea why these scenes are necessary to this comic. We don’t learn anything new about the land through Silk’s eyes, so it’s odd to dedicate several pages to her journey. The focus on Silk in this book makes me wonder if Marvel shouldn’t have just launched her solo series alongside Spider-Verse instead of waiting until February. The pages that are spent with Silk could be spent fleshing out Jessica’s situation and adding more depth to the supposed star of this story. Instead, it just drags the entire narrative down, which is something this already shaky issue can’t handle.
Even overlooking Silk’s presence in this book, Jessica actions are also baffling throughout issue #3. We already know that she’s supposed to be learning about Loomworld and gathering intel, yet she is persistently rude to Morlun and does nothing to try and blend in. For a girl who is known for her detective skills, her bumbling around seems out of character. It’s as if she’s trying to make her job harder or attempting to blow her cover before she actually learns anything of use. The headway she does make while there has little to do with her and more to do with the Master Weaver. With so little development and individualism, Spider-Woman could easily be interchanged with any of the other Spiders with little to no effect of the plot.
Another general concern that has occurred in all three issues of Spider-Woman is the timing in relation to the whole of “Spider-Verse.” While timing has been a bit off in the first two issues of this new series, Spider-Woman #3 is the most problematic. This issue ends with the words “Continues in Amazing Spider-Man #13,” but readers should have already finished #13 before reading Spider-Woman. There may be a few readers out there who aren’t reading Amazing Spider-Man, but for the most part, Jessica’s story is currently a continuation of what we’ve seen happen in Spider-Man’s. With the ending we get in #3, there’s nothing to look forward to and little to make people come back for #4. It just adds another confusing layer to an issue that already feels wrong.
There’s only so long decent art and good coloring can carry a book, and Spider-Woman has reached its limit. After this installment, we know nothing new about “Spider-Verse,” Jessica Drew, or even Silk. The comic is also largely dull with a lot of fluff and a handful of bathroom jokes that I could have done without. At this point, I’m ambivalent about this whole series and can only hope it will get better when “Spider-Verse” is over and the focus is finally on Jessica Drew and her experience as the original Spider-Woman.