Spider-Woman has a new series again, and the premiere issue is a crossover story from “Spider-Verse.” This issue is written by Dennis Hopeless, pencils by Greg Land, inks by Jay Leisten, and colored by Frank D’Armata. As the summary goes, “…Jessica Drew fell ill with a fatal disease. To save her life, she was injected with a serum of spider blood by her scientist-father. This procedure gave her spider-like powers, hence Jessica Drew became Spider-Woman.” When we last saw Spider-Woman in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #10), she jumped through a portal with Spider-Man Noir and Silk, and this is where that story begins…
Spider-Woman, Silk, and Spider-Man Noir arrive in a strange reality where they’re seen riding lizard-like creatures on a purple sandy surface, and they’re heading into the city. Once the trio arrive, Spider-Woman goes out on her own to look for clothing that will make the three fit in with the city folk. She tells the other two to stay put and keep a low profile, but is this something Silk and Noir can manage? Let’s just say Spider-Woman has to rush back to see what’s going on. At that moment, the twins (Bora and Brix) arrive, and Noir gets hurt badly.
The team travels to Earth-90214, the time stream that Noir’s from. The Felicia Hardy of this universe is there to take care of Noir. After conversing, Spider-Woman and co. hear a crashing sound, so they go check it out. Spider-Woman, Silk, and Felicia are ready to fight the twins, but they soon discover that the travellers are The Amazing Spider-Man, Araña, and Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman of Earth-65 (also known as “Spider-Gwen”). Basically, Spider-Man tells Spider-Woman that she’s out, Araña and Spider-Gwen are taking over for her to guard Silk. Naturally, Spider-Woman doesn’t take this well, and after she rants and raves about Silk to the others, Silk is secretly listening to what Spider-Woman has to say about her. Once Spider-Man and Spider-Woman leave, It’s up to Araña and Spider-Gwen to guard Silk, but here’s the problem…after hearing what Spider-Woman said about her, Silk ran off to another reality, Earth-981, and she’s furious at Spider-Woman. Little does she know that this snowy New York has large creatures roaming around, and a set of twins waiting for her.
This is a fun book to read, but with this premiere issue being a tie-in to “Spider-Verse,” it might be hard to follow for new readers. This isn’t a book for a new Spider-Woman reader to start off with, reading about Silk, Noir, Araña, Felicia Hardy…it can be overwhelming, and there aren’t character bios to follow along. The story is solid, the artwork by Greg Land is beautiful as usual, and the coloring is done well, especially the differences from the three different realities in this story.
Overall, not bad, but for a premiere issue, having a tie-in with “Spider-Verse” doesn’t really give new and older readers the true essence of Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman. Future issues may accomplish this, and we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for this new ongoing series. I rate this issue a 3.5 out of 5 stars, worth picking up for readers following “Spider-Verse,” and for fans of Jessica Drew. Not bad, I’ll definitely be back here to read and review issue two. Spider-Woman #1 retails for $3.99, has 23 pages, and is available in print and on digital formats.