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With this issue, the writer firmly establishes the tone of the series. It's basically a PATSY WALKER AND HER PALS kind of comic, which I'm okay with because it's something different. It's all about Patsy, Angelica, Monica and Felicia, not Hellcat, Firestar, Photon and Black Cat.
While Angelica deals with her cancer problem, which is happening because she stopped wearing that mesh suit Pym gave her back during Busiek's AVENGERS run, the Son of Satan approaches Patsy Walker with an offer -- he will cure Angelica of her cancer if Patsy gives up her soul to him. Jeepers. Patsy blows him off at first, but she begins to change her mind when she sees an image of a cancer-ridden Angelica Jones limping towards her in the hospital.
Meanwhile, Monica Rambeau continues to be tormented by her fling with Brother Voodoo, who's been sending zombies to her apartment to woo her with flowers. When the two meet up again, Voodoo asks Monica for her help in acquiring a powerful mystical object, a monkey's paw, after which she ends up ironing out the details of their "team up" with some hot sex.
As this happens, Felicia gripes about being turned down for a bank loan (Which she wants to re-start her PI business) for the fifth time and starts getting naughty ideas when she notices an Egyptian exhibit will be opening soon at a nearby museum.
Like I said, this is sort of a soap opera-eqsue comic similar in vein to the old PATSY WALKER comics, so there's not much action. It's more about the gals behind the masks and their newfound friendship and about Angelica's serious fight with cancer. It's a nice change of pace to the usual thing. MODELS INC. will likely be more like this, but with a muder mystery added.
Monica is still NEXTWAVE Monica, having had her personality altered by HATE (or whoever she was working for in that title), so those who hate this Monica will still hate her now. And it's understandable. But otherwise, I think this is a nice enjoyable comic, with Patsy Walker as the lead.
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