REVIEW: Spider-Woman #1

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DENNIS HOPELESS (W)
GREG LAND (A/C)
Variant Cover by MILO MANARA
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
VARIANT COVER BY SIYA OYUM
ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANT BY TBA
Blank variant ALSO AVAILABLE

SOLICITATION:

New Ongoing Series/Spider-Verse Tie-In! Jessica Drew has been an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and agent of S.W.O.R.D., an Avenger and so much more. But nothing could prepare her for the multidimensional insanity that is Spider-Verse! A war is brewing, and every spider-character in the multiverse is a target! But being a target is something Jessica Drew just won’t abide. She’s a woman with a mission and with Silk, the newest spider-character on the block at her side, she’ll have to put all her training to the test if she wants to make it out of Spider-Verse alive! SPIDER-VERSE KICKS OFF A NEW ONGOING SERIES!
• Dennis Hopeless (CABLE & X-FORCE, AVENGERS: ARENA) and Greg Land (UNCANNY X-MEN) bring you a universe spanning adventure starring Jessica Drew Spider-Woman and the newest spider-hero, SILK!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

REVIEW:

I’m going to shoot straight with you guys. I’m reviewing this issue not because I really wanted to read it, but so no one can accuse me of not being fair. I’ve not been reading the Spider-Verse storyline except for the Spider-Gwen issue, so even with a first page recap, which the first issue of a series totally shouldn’t have, I was a little lost. Fortunately, by the third page, I was back on track. However by the middle of the issue I was asking questions again that weren’t being answered. How are they going between alternate realities without Silk? How are they able to track each other across alternate realities? Is this book about Jessica Drew at all or is it about Silk? Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to name it Silk or Spider-Verse? Sorry, this just looks like something written between other issues, and like some Spider-Man events I still have nightmares about, it seems I’m supposed to come away feeling like I’m supposed to read all of them, dropping about fifty bucks a month to read their story. This is not a good first issue. My only hope after reading it is that it eventually goes away and Spider-Gwen gets the Spider-Woman title.

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If she kisses her, I’m out.

Now for Greg Land. Yes, it looks like he’s lightboxing photo reference and in some places, probably porn. I’ve seen worse examples of this, and this is probably one of least offensive uses of it, but by relying so heavily on it, his likenesses are inconsistent. I also have trouble getting a sense of the general size of the characters. However, I do know that Spider-Man is not that much taller than Jessica Drew, but apparently Greg Land think’s either Peter Parker is 6’4″ and/or Jessica Drew is 5’4″, making Silk about  5’0″. Things like this take me out of the story, and while draftsmanship is Greg Land’s strong suit, doing things that take me out of the story means he’s a bad storyteller.

But I feel like I need to say at least something good about this issue. Like I said, Greg Land is a good draftsman, especially inked by Jay Leisten. I also really enjoyed Frank D’armata’s coloring in the 1920’s style Earth, it helped maintain the atmosphere of it, although it seemed less 1920s, and more 1930s, but it set a mood, which I don’t think Land and Leisten were able to completely do.

However, I’m going to suggest that you pass this one by, which is a shame for your local comic shop, because they’ve probably bought a ton of these things.