Review: Felicia Always Has Something Up Her Sleeve In ‘Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #5’

by James Ferguson

Spider-Man and Silver Sable are hot on the trail of Hammerhead, who now has a robot body and is a million times more dangerous. Fortunately, Black Cat makes a return from the dead (she wasn’t really dead) and comes in to save this unlikely duo, but will it be enough to stop this monster and save the city? Also, what does Felicia have up her sleeve?

Marvel’s adaptation of the DLC from the Spider-Man Playstation game wraps up with this issue. Not only does it wrap up the story as we saw play out in the game, but it adds some further context to it with some key moments not seen before. Marvel’s Gamerverse has a tremendous amount of potential and things like this are a perfect example of it.

While I knew where this was going since I played the game (and absolutely loved it), writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum keeps us plugged in, particularly with the final scenes featuring a great confrontation between Felicia and Mary Jane. It’s a great insight into the strange relationship between these two and an even better look into the Black Cat as a character. No matter how many times she breaks the law, you can’t help but love her. She’s incredibly charming.

The action is a little abbreviated in Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #5, compressing a few scenes into just a handful of pages, however artist Luca Maresca handles it well. It goes from zero to sixty, with Hammerhead popping up and then Silver Sable shooting him with lasers from her plane. There are so many explosions. All the while, we’re wondering what Felicia is up to as she’s clearly not done with these pawns as she sees them.

Felicia’s charm is on full display in Maresca’s artwork. I love how it contrasts with MJ’s serious nature in this world. Peter somehow found himself caught between the two most intriguing women in the Gamerverse. Letterer Travis Lanham weaves us through her scheme with some expert work.

Although we see the Black Cat at work during the day, she really excels in the evening. Colorist Rachelle Rosenberg makes her sleek costume gleam in the moonlight which goes well with her overall aesthetic. While Spider-Man operates in the day with bright lights and a multi-colored costume, when the sun sets, that’s Felicia’s time.

I loved the Spider-Man Playstation game and I also loved this comic. It added more to the story, giving us more to enjoy. That hits the right spot for both fans of the game and those coming in cold. I hope we get to see more from this world soon.

Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #5 from Marvel Comics is currently available digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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