Issue(s): Spider-Woman #4, Spider-Woman #5, Spider-Woman #6
Inside the covers Spider-Woman breaks up another plot by the Brothers Grimm and then gets captured by the Punisher-type vigilante called the Hangman, who ties her up because "women are weak, frail creatures -- easy prey for the depraved minds who inhabit our cities".
The Hangman is actually a pretty brutal guy.
So he puts her in his dungeon, which turns out to be haunted. Issue #5 is a weird horror-nightmare story, which turns out to be caused by Morgan Le Fey, who has captured Magnus (what happened to the Hangman?).
Then Werewolf by Night shows up, due to the tenuous fact that he once saw the Darkhold book that Morgan is looking for.
The last time we saw the Werewolf, he had gained control of his facilities, but he's back to being wild again. This will be explained in the Werewolf's next Spider-Woman guest appearance.
Meanwhile Magnus summons SHIELD agent Jerry Hunt, who is completely ineffective against Le Fey. Jessica defeats the evil sorceress with her venom blasts, which seems unlikely...
...and then immediately starts making out with Jerry, a dude that she has basically just met and who i'd guess has about 30 years on her. The whole thing is a mess.
Bill Foster makes a cameo in issue #4, picking up Jerry Hunt at the airport. The man runs Stark West, and they've got him acting as a chauffeur?
In issue #4, Spider-Woman gets thrown off a cliff by one of the Brothers Grimm, and manages to totally reverse direction and fly back up. She is generally depicted as only being able to glide, not actually fly.
Magnus and Jessica's landlady, Mrs. Dolly, apparently has a creepy minor obsession with dolls. This will actually turn out to be relevant.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): show
The Hangman appeared twice before in Werewolf By Night and was created by (appropriately) Wolfman.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 17, 2011 5:59 PM
Does the Hangman have magic rope-controlling powers? And if not, how on earth did he get Spider-Woman tied up like that between panels, in the middle of a fire?
Posted by: Berend | January 25, 2014 8:08 PM
Hangman is just a big non-sequiter, isn't he? Shows up out of nowhere. Somehow defeats Spider-Woman despite all her strength; locks her up; and then disappears while she has a weird magical episode with Morgan le Fay.
Wolfman is just stinking it up. Too bad because the Brothers Grimm are cool looking opponents and could have been the start of a good rogues gallery for the 'dark angel of the night."
Posted by: Chris | March 22, 2014 3:26 PM
That's an awful lot of the future Night Shift showing up in in just a couple of issues. Maybe Shroud just read these issues and said, those are the guys I want.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 7, 2015 5:28 PM
Except these are not the Night Shift's Brothers Grimm nor Hangman.
NS's Grimms were real humans, and Jason Roland was NS's Hangman after they were independent from the Shroud.
But, as I am sure you know, Jessica's rogues gallery seems to indeed be used to fill up the Shift's ranks, using substitutes when needed.
Posted by: Cesar Hernandez-Meraz | September 28, 2015 8:04 PM
So, did Wolfman just forget about Hangman after #4? And for that matter the Brother(s) Grimm.
There's no resolution to those strands at all (and also, by this point, Jessica is getting beat by her rogues more than winning against them).
Posted by: AF | May 24, 2016 10:52 AM
A Marv Wolfman hero losing more often then they win? That surprises you?
Posted by: Michael | May 24, 2016 8:30 PM
What about Hangman's abrupt departure from the story?
If I remember correctly, his Marvel Universe handbook entry stated he had a bad habit of forgetting about the women he captured and they later starved to death.
Posted by: Rick | November 30, 2016 9:10 AM
You have to love Morgan LeFay's costume, joining Gamora and Mystique in Marvel's "ladies who wear skulls over their hoo-ha's" club.
Posted by: Andrew | January 9, 2017 7:51 PM
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