At long last, the Viper is reunited with her "daughter" Jessica. Apparently, Ophelia never really shook off Morgan le Fey's influence and still thinks of Jessica as her daughter of sorts, which bothers Jessica to no end since she thinks the Viper is the most bipolar psychopathic terrorist the world has ever seen. As a swarm of Madripoor cops converge on their location, the Viper forces Jessica to get into her flying car with her, threatening to mass murder the entire police population if she didn't. Reluctantly, Jessica goes with her, and the Viper spends the rest of the issue trying to convince Jessica that Hydra is her home, her only home and the only place where she will thrive and be well. At one point, Ophelia tells her darling Jessica to sit on Mommy's lap, and Jessica appropriately tells her to $%^^& off. After an aerial battle against some police copters, the Viper takes Jessica to her headquarters, the one she frequents whenever she is in Madripoor. It is here where Ophelia offers Jessica a true enticement to rejoin her and Hydra -- she has captured a Skrull who attempted to hide out as a Hydra agent. He's a quiet one, and all attempts to make him talk have gone nowhere. And so, the Viper offers the Skrull to her "daughter", and after telling the Viper to shut the hell up, Jessica steps into the cell, with ruthless determination blazing in her eyes as she approaches one of the aliens who destroyed her life.
As usual, Bendis writes solo characters a hundred times better than he does group titles. I totally loved the relationship he has established between the Viper and Jessica, reminding us of what could have been if the matter hadn't been so carelessly retconned so long ago. Because she had never really gotten rid of Morgan le Fey's influence, and because she's os psychotic, the Viper still thinks of Jessica Drew as her daughter. Alex Maleev ups the ante by doing what he is supposed to do -- make Jessica and Ophelia look closely alike, something established by Claremont and Leialoha back in SPIDER-WOMAN I#42-44. The chance of a familial connection could still be there. Jessica claims she saw her mother's death at the hand so of her father when she was a girl, but her mind has been so messed up with so many origin scenarios, who knows what's real and what's not. Only time will tell. And I can't wait to see Jessica maul that Skrull in the next issue, like I know she will. She's out for Skrull blood, and the Viper just wants to be her friend/mother. Hell, in a nice continuity nod, the Viper even mentioned her relationship with Queen Veranke and mentions she never liked her relationship with that version of Jessica. It just hadn't been the same, but now she's got the real Jessica back -- and she aims to keep her.
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