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Review: Spider-Woman #1

The controversy surrounding the variant cover of the first issue of Spider-Woman had one positive: it put this new series on my radar. And despite the fact that Spider-Woman looks like a double-amputee below the knees, I think this cover is gorgeous.

Spider-Woman #1 Cover

The Inheritors are an evil family who travel the multiverse hunting down Spider-Totems to feed off of their life force. Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) and other Spiders race through space and time to fight them. Silk, another Spider, attracts the Inheritors (no one is yet sure why) so she stays on the run, hoping to lure them away from others. Jessica travels with Silk as her protector, and they’re accompanied by a Spider-Man from the 1930s.

There was no way I wasn’t going to love this. Superheroes and time travel? I’m so in.

Jessica and Silk

Silk is young and impetuous so she ends up getting into a fight while Jessica is off trying to find food. While she and Spidey fight a few thugs who were robbing an elderly woman, they attract two Inheritor siblings.

Inheritors Fight

They get away, but not before Speakeasy Spider-Man takes some damage so they head to Earth 90124 so he can get medical attention in the back of a speakeasy.

Present day Spider-Man (I’m not sure if this is supposed to be Miles or Peter – he never takes off his mask, but I’m going with Peter) arrives with Gwen and Anya, also Spiders. He needs to pull Jessica off Silk duty so she can embark on a new mission. He believes it will help turn the tide in the war they’re fighting against the Inheritors.

Spider Crouch

Silk is left in the care of Gwen and Anya, who quickly lose her after Silk goes off to pout. She doesn’t appreciate being called careless by Jessica. Of course, she runs into trouble in the form of a giant creature with sharp teeth. While she’s running from it, the Inheritor siblings prepare to follow.

Gwen and Anya

Score | 10/10Thoughts & Questions:
  • Is Gwen Peter’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy? I love diving into new series, but they almost always require SOME prior knowledge of old storylines.
  • The artwork throughout this issue is fantastic. I love the different looks among the many Spiders. I’m also intrigued by this 1930s Spider-Man and really looking forward to meeting new Spiders from different times and universes.
  • The Inheritors are wonderfully scary.
  • “Pretty sure it looks weird for all three of us to be spider-crouching at the same time.” Favorite line of the issue.
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Nina Perez is the founder of Project Fandom. She is also the author of a YA series of books, "The Twin Prophecies," and a collection of essays titled, "Blog It Out, B*tch." Her latest books, a contemporary romance 6-book series titled Sharing Space, are now available on for Kindle download. She has a degree in journalism, works in social media, lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves Idris Elba. When not watching massive amounts of British television or writing, she is sketching plans to build her very own TARDIS. She watches more television than anyone you know and she's totally fine with that.

3 Comments on Review: Spider-Woman #1

  1. Notes on Spider-Verse: The spiders are the totems from different dimensions, not different times.
    Speakeasy Spider-Man is Spider-Man Noir (and it’s Peter).
    Modern Spidey is Peter. (Standard Marvel Universe Earth is Earth-616. Miles is from Earth-1610, the Marvel Ultimate universe)
    Gwen in this instance is the spider-totem from another dimension, and yes it’s Gwen Stacy.

  2. I was mesmerized by the art in this comic! Usually I get a little lost during battle panels but this time I was only confused about characters, which I can only assume will get much easier by a 2nd or 3rd issue. Also, thanks to Chanse for that bit of info!

  3. I imagine trying to read just one series amongst all the Spider-Verse arcs is going to get pretty confusing. I recommend starting at least with Amazing Spider-Man #9 (if not with Superior Spider-Man #32 for all the “Edge of Spider-Verse” stuff), and getting the whole story.

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