Review: SPIDER-WOMEN: OMEGA #1

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SPIDER-WOMEN: OMEGA #1
Written by Dennis Hopeless, Jason Latour & Robbie Thompson
Art by Nico Leon, Rachelle Rosenberg, Travis Lanham & Idette Winecoor
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 1, 2016

Damn, I love a good fight.

Earth-65 Cindy is as Earth-65 Cindy does, blowing up houses and throwing temper tantrums. Jess gets the jump on her as Gwen waits for her powers to kick in. Earth-65 Cindy is holding no punches, so Gwen pulls out the big guns like she was drawn by Rob Liefeld in the 90s (I’m serious, complete with pouches), and Cindy joins in the fight. Before all is said and done, Earth-65 Cindy has one more trick up her sleeve and Gwen tries her best to turn the tides. Then, the girls have brunch.

When I first started reading the crossover, I thought it would lead to something serious. It didn’t. Reading Spider-Women: Omega made me realize why that was okay. This issue is seriously a bunch of wacky antics, one-liners, and a fight that takes up most of the issue. It feels like the crossover gave the creative team a chance to tell a story and synthesize all of their ideas and talents, and that definitely comes to fruition in this issue. No, there may not be long-lasting repercussions of the developments within this story, but it caps off an exploration not of plot, but of each of the women.

In crafting a larger story, the writing team, our trio Dennis Hopeless, Jason Latour, and Robbie Thompson, gave us a view into the relationships between each of these women. Jess is the vet, and Gwen and Cindy look up to her because of that. This comes out in her fight with Earth 65-Cindy and her perspective on what it means to be a superhero. Gwen hides her insecurity underneath a wealth of pop culture references, yet manages to routinely overcome them. Cindy seems like she’s constantly processing the grief of not having her family with her while being able to move toward healing. Each of these points of characterization and development drive the story by creating foils with the antagonists and addressing real and emotional issues without losing sight of the plot.

Have I mentioned how awesome the fight scene was? Nico Leon draws with energy and fluidity, capturing action in a manner that is entertaining and engaging. There are two places Leon’s art stands out: Earth-65 launching a fireball on a page that uses curve and form for eye-popping visuals and in the extended fight between the Spiders and Earth-65 Cindy. These pages are beautifully done and shift emphasis and focus in really interesting ways. Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors make a really interesting contrast effect through much of the issue. Many panels have opposing color schemes between characters and their environment. At the climax of the issue, these colors shift to show significant warmth and activity, heightening the aggression between Gwen and Earth-65 Cindy. Rosenberg matches the energy of the story from panel to panel and from start to finish.

Damn, what a wild ride! Spider-Women: Omega was intense, fun, and completely ridiculous. If I’m being frank, we need stories like this. I’m not sure where it will lead and how it will affect Gwen, Jess, and Cindy moving forward, but it gave us a glimpse into their lives, their bond, and their love for each other. On its own, this issue is packed with action and emotional resolution, and in the context of the crossover it’s an important book-end that brings to light many of the major themes. I recommend this issue if you’ve been keeping up, and if you haven’t it’s not too late to get the rest of the cross-over!

The Verdict: 9.0/10

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