By Andy Frisk
September 29, 2009 - 17:42
Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman is an interesting character, albeit with a bit of a convoluted origin that has admittedly been straightened out over the years. She was fun when she debuted in the late 1970’s, but over the years waned in popularity. Thanks to Secret Invasion, she’s seen a bit of resurgence, and since she’s now the Marvel Universe’s female version of the much melodramatically maligned mutant, Wolverine, giving her a staring role in a monthly again makes pretty good sense. To be honest, Jessica has a lot of potential as a character, and always has. It’ll be interesting to see where Marvel Comics’ uber-scribe Brian Michael Bendis takes her, but do we really need a female version of the “best at what he does?” Are heroes who play hunter/killer role really heroes? Is Wolverine just getting yet another series (in spirit)? Hopefully, these questions will be addressed. Bendis is the writer to do so, so Spider-Woman just might warrant following, at least for a while.
Alex Maleev is a good choice as artist for this book. His incredibly dark colored layouts create the illusion of there being a very large shadow over the entire events of the issue, and there is, both metaphorically and literally. We really don’t know what the deal with S.W.O.R.D. is, and Jessica’s state of mind is represented and reflected by the artistic atmosphere that Maleev creates. Oh yeah, he doesn’t do a bad job of showcasing her hottie qualities either…
Overall, it looks like Marvel has another potential hit on its hands with Spider-Woman. Recently launched, and re-launched hero titles such as Invincible Iron Man, War Machine, and Wolverine: Weapon X have been quite good, so hopefully Spider-Woman will follow suit. It certainly has the potential to do so with its creative team.
Rating: 8 /10