Review: Spider-Girls #1

May will do anything to protect her brother from the Inheritors, and Anya’s knowledge of the mystical Spider-Totems could save the day. But how does Annie fit in? And what chance do three girls have against ageless universal forces?!

May “Mayday” Parker, the original Spider-Girl, Anya Corazon, the Prime Universe Spider-Girl, and Annie May Parker, a.k.a. Spiderling, three kick-ass Spiders together for the first time!

Spider-Girls #1 spins out of Spider-Geddon so if you’re not reading that event, and you should, this may not completely excite you as a comic. Still, writer Jody Houser delivers a hell of a first issue that does its best to be its own story while still tie into the bigger event.

Houser delivers an action packed first issue where our heroines face numerous villains, deliver the Spider humor you’d expect. The comic just nails the tone of that fun, smart-assness of Spider-Man, and puts a family dynamic into it. And there’s a lot of mystery mixed in with Annie’s powers and what’s coming with the big event. Drama too! Did we mention the drama? Yeah, Houser adds that in with a few panels that hit you in the heart. It’s just so much packed in, it’s a lot of fun.

That’s helped by Andrés Genolet’s art with color by Tríona Farrell, and lettering by Joe Caramagna. The world, the characters, the designs of the bad guys, it all comes together for something that’s so familiar but also really stands on its own. The designs alone, especially for Annie and her family, are great with solid coloring that make them pop. There’s nothing drab here, it feels like there’s inspiration from the neon of New York City.

The comic’s a lot of fun. So much so, I want to see this trio together in a series when an event isn’t going on. There’s a certain flow to the issue and it all that just puts a smile on your face and allows you to sit back and enjoy it all.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Andrés Genolet
Ink: Andrés Genolet Color: Tríona Farrell Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review