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Preview: Spider-Woman #1

Spider-Woman #1

(W) Karla Pacheco (A) Pere Perez (CA) Jung-Geun Yoon
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $4.99

SPIDER-WOMAN IS BACK, AND PULLING NO PUNCHES!

Jessica Drew hasn’t been feeling like herself lately (she’s not a Skrull, we promise). When the angry, irritable, and unwell Spider-Woman takes a simple security gig to help get back on her feet, she finds herself besieged by unknown forces out to destroy everything around her. What’s wrong with Jessica? Just how DID she get this job? And who are these violent lunatics who keep trying to blow her up? WHO CARES? Does Spider-Woman have someone to punch? THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS.

An explosive new series that pushes Spider-Woman into new heights of action and adventure from the mad minds of Karla Pacheco and Pere Pérez, this is the Spider-Woman book you’ve been waiting for!

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Spider-Woman #1 Gets an Artgerm Variant Cover

The Spider-Woman book fans have been waiting for is almost here, and Jessica Drew is beyond ready for her new adventure…but are you? In this explosive new series by writer Karla Pacheco and artist Pere Pérez, Marvel’s beloved hero will face off against her greatest enemies all while discovering dark secrets from her past. See Jessica blast her way through her latest mission below in a gorgeous variant cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and pick up Spider-Woman #1 when it lands in comic shops on March 18th!

Spider-Woman Gets a New Look in March 2020

Spider-Woman is back and she’s not pulling any punches. This March, Jessica Drew finds tangled in a web of mystery and surrounded by enemies new and old in her brand-new solo series by Karla Pacheco and Pere Pérez. Expect shocking revelations about her origin, characters dropping in from her past, dangerously high stakes, and of course, classic super hero action only Spider-Woman can deliver!

Oh, and did we mention she has a new costume? Check out Spider-Woman’s fresh look, designed by legendary artist Dave Johnson, in Junggeun Yoon’s Spider-Woman #1 cover below. And as previously revealed, the explosive first issue will also be available with a cover depicting Spider-Woman in her classic costume! This is one adventure you won’t want to miss!

Spider-Woman Teams Up with Fellow Heroes in Action-Packed Variant Covers

Spider-Woman is back and better than ever in an explosive new series this March from creative team Karla Pacheco and Pere Pérez. Readers can hardly wait to see what adventures Jessica Drew finds herself on, and apparently, neither can Marvel’s heroes! To celebrate the launch of her new solo series, check out these awesome Spider-Woman variant covers depicting her in her classic costume, ready for action alongside her fellow heroes!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by RYAN BROWN
  • AVENGERS #32 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by MIKE McKONE with colors by ANDRES MOSSA
  • AVENGERS #33 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by KHOI PHAM with colors by MORRY HOLLOWELL
  • DEADPOOL #5 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by MIRKA ANDOLFO
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by DECLAN SHALVEY
  • GHOST RIDER #6 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by JUNGGEUN YOON
  • IMMORTAL HULK #32 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by PATCH ZIRCHER with colors by DAVE McCAIG
  • IMMORTAL HULK #33 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by CORY SMITH with colors by MAT LOPES
  • THOR #4 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by JAVIER GARRÓN with colors by DAVID CURIEL
  • VENOM #24 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by ROCK-HE KIM

Spider-Woman Gets Her Own Series in March 2020 from Karla Pacheco and Pere Perez

Whether it’s hunting Skrulls or taking down H.Y.D.R.A., Spider-Woman’s adventures have made her a favorite of readers for decades, and in March 2020, she’ll be embarking on a brand-new one in Spider-Woman #1! The enigmatic Avenger has always been as mysterious as she is fearless, and her latest series opens with her not feeling quite herself… Looking for fresh thrills, Spider-Woman takes on a job that puts her in the crosshairs of an all-new enemy! She soon finds herself caught in a web of intrigue, surrounded by unknown forces bent on her destruction. With danger on all sides and her deadly past coming to haunt her, Spider-Woman is in for an action-packed ride, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

This high-stakes mission comes courtesy of all-star creative team Karla Pacheco and Pere Perez.

What’s wrong with Jessica? Just how DID she get this job? And who are these violent lunatics who keep trying to blow her up? You’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, check out the stunning cover by Junggeun Yoon, showing Jessica doing what she does best in her iconic costume! Strap in because Spider-Woman #1 is on sale this March in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com!

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Review: Spider-Woman #17

SpiderWoman17CoverI’m going to preface this review by saying that slapstick is the type of comedy I find least funny. It can be great in small, quick doses and definitely is a good fit for the comics medium with artists having unlimited ability to draw all kinds of wacky faces and gestures. However, it doesn’t work well when one gag is the driving force of a comic’s plot, like in the case of Spider-Woman #17, which is about Jessica Drew’s son Gerry getting superpowers and reads like Boss Baby sans Alec Baldwin and plus superheroes.

But Spider-Woman #17 isn’t a total bust. Writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Veronica Fish bring out some choice cattiness in dialogue and facial expressions when Black Widow isn’t impressed by her dating the former Porcupine, Roger Gocking. Their sniping with other superheroes, like Hawkeye and Carol Danvers, playing referee are the most hilarious parts of this issue. Fish gives each hero stylish civilian clothes (Except for Spider-Man, who is still fully in costume.), which highlights the outrageousness of them arguing like middle schoolers. And then Gerry pops out of the house and kicks a lot of them in the face, including Black Widow, whose parkour moves are no match for the Super Gerry Sweeping Swan Kick. (Sadly, no one calls it that in the comic.) Colorist Rachelle Rosenberg gives his energy blasting a distinct gross, yet mysterious green color that resembles Terrigen Cloud vomit, but is visually striking.

In the background and providing the heart of Spider-Woman #17 (and the whole run arguably) is Roger, who finds solace taking care of Gerry away from the silently (Except for Natasha, who is kind of the worst in this issue.) judging superheroes. And even when he gets thrown into a Veronica Fish double page spread featuring Gerry turning into an energy blasting, human equivalent of one of those annoying bouncy balls from the dollar store, Roger is a perfect dad figure, boyfriend, and worthy of both of the monologues that Jessica spouts about him.

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The superheroes that Jessica invites to her party represent traditional superhero storytelling where villains are redeemed, but only to serve the story before it’s time to bring them back when an arc gets stale. Hopeless and Fish have subverted this in their run on Spider-Woman where Roger gets to be a friend and close confidant of Jessica Drew and her rock as she balances being a superhero and single mom. Then, after all the build-up and baby/guy in a porcupine suit bonding, he becomes Jessica’s boyfriend. Roger started out as silly villain punching bag, but Hopeless and Fish have given him a personality, sense of humor, and a great relationship with our protagonist.

Too much of Spider-Woman #17’s running time is given to repetitive slapstick shenanigans, but it is nice to see a superhero, like Jessica Drew, who has been through some fairly dark situations since her first appearance in 1977 (See Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers run.) find happiness in both her superhero and personal life as a single mom and friend. Dennis Hopeless, Veronica Fish, and Rachelle Rosenberg deserve credit for giving her and Roger fantastic, overall character arcs and also fixing her friendship with Carol Danvers even in the face of Civil War II although this issue isn’t one of the series’ better ones.

 Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Veronica Fish Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Spider-Woman #15

Spider-Woman #15

W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Veronica Fish (CA) Robbi Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

After a deadly confrontation with THE HOBGOBLIN, Jessica Drew is going to be saying R.I.P.P… (Hint: the extra P stands for PORCUPINE!)

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Preview: Spider-Woman #14

Spider-Woman #14

(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Veronica Fish (CA) Robbi Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 28, 2016
SRP: $3.99

SCARE TACTICS CONTINUES!

Jessica Drew is in the fight of her life against THE HOBGOBLIN! Jessica is pushed to the absolute brink physically, mentally and emotionally, as Hobgoblin does the unthinkable…

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Review: Power Man and Iron Fist Sweet Christmas Annual #1

power_man_and_iron_fist__sweet_chriThis is one of the best one-off holiday comics that I have read in a long time. Power Man and Iron Fist Sweet Christmas Annual #1 is like a really fun B-Movie in comic book form. The issue starts innocently enough, Uncle Iron Fist and Luke Cage taking Danielle out to wait in line for hours to grab the hottest toy coming out this Christmas. The cult of consumerism is fertile hunting grounds for this issues big baddie, who is none other than Krampus himself controlling an army of kiddie toys!

Luke Cage has to fight his way through demon infused toys to get to his daughter and Iron Fist has to do battle with Danielle on his back. Hella trim is sort of the good guy and Jessica Drew provides back up! With a very special guest showing up to deliver one hell of a snack down to Krampus! This one-off issue provides more catch phrases, sass, and action than you could hope for and all the awesome that you didn’t think you needed but, you’re hella grateful for.

David F. Walker‘s story is funny, short, sweet and to the point. It’s everything that it needs to be to tell a good story and provide some really good entertainment. Scott Hepburn‘s artwork is tight and Pretty detailed considering how much is going on in all of the frames. Overall there’s a nice mix of story and art. The story has enough human feel good moments to make the fight scenes feel balanced and less jarring. There’s a lot going on but, none of the words or panels are wasted and they all add to the richness of the story.

Sweet Christmas is a good read for what it is. It’s a diversion, nothing too heavy but, it’s not frivolous. It just a good solid read and worth your time.

Story: David F. Walker Art: Scott Hepburn
Story: 8.5 Art : 8.2 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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