If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Marvel’s Spider-Woman!
Now the first question a lot of people might ask is “Isn’t this part of that Spiderverse thing? Ugh, do I need to pick up all of them to get what’s going on?” Yes, this is part of the Spiderverse event, but in my opinion you do not need to keep up with the rest of the event to get this book. This follows Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, on a solo adventure that is supplemental to Spiderverse, but can also be enjoyed on its own.
The series starts as Spider-Woman has been tasked with watching over Silk, a girl bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker! She has all the same abilities as Pete, but some are stronger and/or manifest in a different way. She is an important Spider Totem referred to as ‘The Bride’ and is heavily sought after by the Inheritors. (Psychic Vampires that feed on the Spider People of the multiverse). Spider-Woman and Silk jump around the multiverse trying to keep one step ahead of the Inheritors.
During the first issue, Spider-Man (616 mainstream Peter Parker) shows up with Spider-Girl and Spider-Gwen (New Character of the year in a lot of people’s opinion), and tell Jessica that she’s needed for another even more important mission that ONLY she can take on. Spider-Gwen and Spider-Girl are left to guard Silk, only to find she’s taken off to prove she can handle herself. It doesn’t take long for us to find out why only Jessica Jones is suited for her job and that Silk is obviously in over her head on her own.
This book is in a precarious spot at its release because the series is starting off as a spin-off from a major event. That being said, after the first issue establishes where things are at, this book takes on its own feel and tone very quickly. A few years ago, Spider-Woman had a limited series after Secret Invasion where she was an agent of S.W.O.R.D. and tracked down Skrulls to help clear her name. This book is picking up with the secret agent/spy vibe that series and recent Avengers books created for Spider-Woman. I’m actually really excited to see where this goes.
The main reason for that is Dennis Hopeless who writes the book. He’s coming off of two amazing runs on Avengers Arena and Avengers Undercover, where he did some really awesome and fresh things with some lesser known characters. If he puts even half as much into this book, which judging by the second issue he is, this is going to be a fun really cool story! On art duty is Greg Land. A lot of people like to dog him for re-using poses and referencing pictures of models like Pamela Anderson for his art, but the guy does draw some of the best looking women in comics. His art fits this book, and I for one, do not have a problem with it.
If you like strong female characters, are reading Spiderverse, or are a fan of Black Widow or Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), I recommend this book. I think its got a lot of potential to give a great character with a rich history a great monthly title, but you know what? Judge for yourself! If you don’t feel like picking up issue one and two, I’d say you can probably jump in right at two and be fine. Here is some of my favorite Spider-Woman art from the last few years!
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