JD reviews Spider-Girl #1!

Title: Spider-Girl #1
Writer: Paul Tobin
Art: ClaytonHenry
Colorist: Chris Sotomayer
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

We’re gonna have to get over two things pretty early in this review: this powerless Spider-Girl is swinging around New York City on synthetic webs and kicking ass like a super-powered hero. Nevermind the countless hours of training and vast resources it takes millionaire Bruce Wayne to do it, this 15 year old girl is just as effective at crime fighting. It just seems a little backwards. Let’s take her powers away and THEN give her a new title! Granted, for most of the issue, she’s fighting regular de-powered criminals, but is seen having very little trouble actually taking them down. Suffice it to say, this series isn’t trying to be grounded in any real world situations.

Also, yes, I know some of you are angry about the cancellation of the previous Spider-Girl series, detailing the exploits of Peter Parker’s daughter’s futurist shenanigans, but…well….get over it. I used to love that series as well, but I must admit, it lost steam for me some time ago. Take some time, mourn, then wipe your tears and get on with it.

With that out of the way, the series is off to a great start! Anya Corazon’s new costume is muucch snazzier then her last one, though you’d think a ponytail would be a bad idea. Her threads are very reminiscent of the black Spidey costume, which was always one of my faves. Paul Tobin takes a bit of a gamble, displaying most of Anya’s inner dialogue as tweets (which you can actually follow in real time at www.twitter.com/the_spider_girl), but it actually works well, though for how long, I’m not sure. It’ll also certainly date the book once Twitter stops being a “thing”. It’s cute that she’s a bit of an introvert at school and is basically best friends with her dad (who also happens to be an interesting character in his own right, as the exclusive interviewer of the Fantastic Four). We also get a visit from positive female role model Sue Storm to hang out for a couple pages to give us some motherly advice on meeting people and making friends. Awwww! Adorable! A crimson-hued baddy makes a guest appearance towards the end and I’m curious to see how our powerless protagonist parries on, but I’ll have to wait till next ish.

Another aspect that I’m digging is that apparently this title will be side-by-side with the Amazing Spidey series. It gave me a mild tingle to see her mention the Octobots from last week’s ASM. Cause I’m a geek like that.

The art by Clayton Henry is top-notch stuff! Take Ron Garney, Olivier Coipel and Stuart Immonen, blend their styles and you get Henry’s snazzy inks.

There’s also a really nice back-up story about Anya’s first meet with the Fantastic Four, drawn by Dean Haspiel! All this for $3.99! Not too shabby, eh?

This is an a great read for any age, with something for everyone! It didn’t exactly shatter my synapses, like the cover claimed, but hell, it’s still highly recommended!

JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, JD’s Weekly Video Blargh, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, and Booking his Face off over here.

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  1. Mark Mackner says:

    Yeah, I agree that it’s kinda backwards to take her powers away and then give her a solo series, but I’d be shocked if her powers weren’t restored at some point.

    I also agree about MayDay Parker. Yeah, it was fun for a little while, but that whole M2, “alterniverse” thing is way past it’s due date.

    I’m surprised too, at how I actually dig the Twitter thing. Sounds like I’d hate it, but it totally works here. As far as it “dating” the comic, well, all comics end up being dated in some way. Even if they avoid using modern slang, pop culture references, and trendy tech, comics can usually be placed into a time period based simply on artwork.

  2. JayDee says:

    you’re absolutely right! hell, even the clothes artists draw on their characters will date a book, or the mobile devises they use..

    i think i already like this series way better than the MayDay Parker one..for a book that took place in the future, it sure was too much like 70’s comics..though I’m sure that was the point: to give old Spidey fans a taste of the olden days.. but it was just a little too campy and cutesy for me.

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