Kaitlyn Booth

Marvel Comics Presents Spider-Women #1

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Spider-Women #1 cover by Yasmine Purtri

Marvel is becoming well known for its crossover events but this is one that features three characters that I believe don’t get enough love. Marvel Comics has pulled writers Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen), Robbie Thompson (Silk), and Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman) together to crossover the three ladies of the SPIDER-VERSE in a book that is due out next year called Spider-Women.

The summary of the book is: “After the events of SPIDER-VERSE, Jessica Drew, Cindy Moon and Gwen Stacy have been developing a unique kind of friendship from across the multiverse. But when things go awry in Gwen’s universe, Silk and Spider-Woman of the Marvel Universe find themselves stranded in Gwen’s reality while their dangerous doppelgangers run rampant in THEIR New York!”

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Spider-Woman #4 cover by Javier Rodriguez

Jessica Drew AKA Spider-Woman has been a character in the Marvel universe since February of 1977. She was created by Archie Goodwin and Marie Severin. Since 1977 she has had two solo outings (one lasting 50 issues and the other currently ongoing written by Dennis Hopeless) and a limited run written by Brian Michael Bendis. Despite being named Spider-Woman her powers are unique to that of her male counterpart. Some of her more notable powers include flight, fear inducing pheromones, and resistance to all poisons and radiations. Jessica has been a member of the Avengers, HYDRA, S.H.I.E.L.D, S.W.O.R.D., and Secret Avengers.

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Silk #1 cover by Dave Johnson

Cindy Moon AKA Silk is one of the new characters that spun out of the SPIDER-VERSE event back in 2014. Cindy was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos and got her solo title back in February of 2015. I was reviewing the book for awhile and Cindy is unique from her other superhero counterparts in that she spent her entire life locked in a bunker and instead of spending her first solo outing learning how to be a hero Cindy has to learn how to be a human. Cindy is also a woman of color and also proof that new characters can do well in the current superhero landscape. Her powers include an eidetic memory, long range precognitive spider sense, healing factor, and the ability to shoot very strong spider-web strings from her fingers.

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Edge of the Spider-Verse #2 cover by Robbi Rodriguez and Greg Land

Gwen Stacy AKA Spider-Gwen is one of those moments where sales have pushed a comics publishers to run with a character. Spider-Gwen debuted in Edge of the Spider-Verse #2 from creators Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez. Gwen is from Earth-65, an alternate Earth where Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. When the Peter in Gwen’s world dies Gwen become Spider-Woman to help protect the world. The thing that has made Spider-Gwen different from the other Marvel heroes is that she has large been kept away from the rest of the Marvel 616 universe. When Secret Wars crashed the 616 Marvel Universe and the Ultimates Gwen remained in her own world. This crossover event will be the first time Gwen has seen anyone from the larger Marvel universe since the SPIDER-VERSE event last year. Her powers are similar to that of her male counterpart and include superhuman strength, healing factor, and spider-sense.

“There’s going to be adventure, intrigue, fisticuffs, and some big twists, but I’m most excited about the personal story for each of these characters as they go through this dimension-hopping event,” explains Silk writer Robbie Thompson with var storyStack = { consumerKey: "WbARnqQ1whOvDwJ5dp1bBH", use_external_settings: true }

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