I only just spotted this! A '2012 review in Panels' on the Comics Bulletin site - and they included a Spandex panel, which is cool!
I also just spotted on there a review of Spandex 7! I've been
badgering the reviewer Kelvin to let me know when the review went up -
and didn't realise it was already there, a bit buried away! It's here
(down a bit):
I've known the reviewer for a long time now! He's reviewed my O Men
comics pretty much from the start, and I can pretty much always
guaranteed getting a fairly positive review from him when I send him
The review confused me a bit, as the majority of it seems fairly negative, but the issue still gets a 4 out of 5!
I can see where Kelvin is coming from in some ways, and I was very aware
that issue 7 would not go in a direction that people were expecting.
Instead of going down a 'dark Phoenix' route, I went in a more
character-based route. I felt like Spandex 6 was the climax and issue 7
was the fall-out - almost the epilogue/wrap-up.
I think when you go in the direction that I went in with Diva, you have
to ask yourself 'where do I take this from here?' and of course, there
aren't many places you can take it! Which is partly why I decided to end
But I do think Spandex is a series where you pick up a lot from reading between the lines. There are some little side comments which hint at what Diva's up to when she's not centre-stage.
I also say quite a few things about Diva and what she's become. You
see, really, she's no different.
Personally, I do feel that even though
it's a 'quiet' issue, it has some very powerful moments - Alicia v Ms
Fantastic, the discussion about homosexuality & religion at the HQ,
Isabelle's appearance, and maybe most powerful of all (in my mind), the
scene between the priest and God.
I wanted Spandex 7 to be an under-stated issue, and I wanted to subvert
people's expecatations, but I do hope people still find it powerful in
its own way. Hopefully, Spandex is a series you can re-read and pick up
different things with.
And don't forget, there's still one issue left, and the story of Diva (and Isabelle) is far from over...