Comic Review – “Spider-Woman” #1
Writer: Karla Pacheco
Artist: Pere Perez
Cover Artist(s): Jung-Geun Yoon
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
When Jessica Drew was a child, her father rescued her from a fatal illness using a serum of irradiated spider-biomaterial. The concoction not only cured her, it granted her adhesive fingertips and toes, enhanced speed and agility, a high concentration of pheromones, and the ability to fire biokinetic “venom blasts.” She’s been an Avenger, an agent of Hydra, a superspy, and a P.I., and she recently became a mom, but you can call her… SPIDER-WOMAN!🕷️
“New Costume, Who Dis?”
When Jessica Drew was a child, her father rescued her from a fatal illness using a serum of irradiated spider-biomaterial. The concoction not only cured her, it granted her adhesive fingertips and toes, enhanced speed and agility, a high concentration of pheromones, and the ability to fire biokinetic “venom blasts.” She’s been an Avenger, an agent of Hydra, a superspy, and a P.I., and she recently became a mom, but you can call her… SPIDER-WOMAN!
Jessica Drew (aka the superheroine Spider-Woman) has been an Avenger, a S.H.I.E.L.D. spy (don’t forget Hydra agent!), a detective, and a wife and mother to boot, but lately she’s also broke! When she’s hired on as a glorified babysitter for a billionaire’s daughter’s superhero-themed “Sweet 16” party on a private yacht, she soon finds out that the crew is armed and trying to kidnap his daughter! However, something’s not quite right with Jessica (and no, the writer’s assure us, the readers, that she is NOT a Skrull, i.e. Veranke) and feels very sick. And just when she feels like she has the situation under control, another force arrives in a helicopter!
Flashback to two weeks earlier and Spider-Woman, along with her fellow Strikeforce teammates: Blade, Angela, Wiccan, the Winter Soldier, Monica Rambeau and Daimon Hellstrom, are fighting DoomBots in Central Park, New York, when she learns of a job opportunity and decides to go down and buy a new costume (which looks an awful lot like Miles Morales’ Spider-costume) and goes to her new job. But unbeknownst to Jessica, she is being watched.
Jessica Drew made her very first appearance as Spider-Woman in “Marvel Spotlight” #32 in February 1977, and since then she has had many jobs, however the role of Spider-Woman has gone on to other women. While the original Spider-Woman is the most recognizable, she even had her own short-lived animated series in 1979. Over the last 40 years, there have been four other women, including an alien and a super-villain, Julia Carpenter/Spider-Woman was a member of the Avengers throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, who later became known as Arachne and the second Madame Web. In the late 90’s Mattie Franklin appeared until she later died in the pages of “Silk” (aka Silkworm, another Spider-like-woman) and not to mention, Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Gwen/Ghost-Spider. Also Charlotte Witter, a super-villain who used the name. And who could forget Veranke, queen of the shape-shifting alien race the Skrulls, who impersonated Jessica and was a founding member of the New Avengers (also dead).
Now that Drew is back, she’s trying to make her way as a superhero again, but this time with a child (who can also stick to walls) with her husband Roger, a stay-at-home dad, and apparently no money! While this does present some real-life problems, familiar to most “Spider-Verse” fans, her situation does seem to be much more difficult since she has had such a troubled past, having been trained by HYDRA, which will undoubtedly come back to haunt her in the next few issues. Without going on about the need for more women superheroes, this latest “Spider-Woman” series starts off with a fast-paced, action-heavy story, written by Karla Pacheco (“Fearless”, “Bettie Page”) and with dynamic art by Pere Pérez (“Valkyrie”).
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