released OUT NOW! Publisher Marvel Comics
Writer Dennis Hopeless
Artist Javier Rodriguez
Some ideas are so perfect it’s hard to imagine why they weren’t done sooner. Saga fans may quibble over how original Spider- Woman’s pregnancy- tracking narrative is, but it’s one thing to create an indie comic centred on incoming parenthood and quite another to knock up one of your longest- running icons, as Marvel have done with ex- Avenger Jessica Drew.
Thankfully, Spider- Woman isn’t just a brilliant concept, it’s also an excellent comic. Full of warmth, humour and action, it’s a beautiful book, packed with visual imagination.
It begins with Jessica on the sidelines of battle, itching to get involved, but knowing she has to protect her baby. We’re fed key information via seamless flashbacks, before the main arc kicks in, with Jessica visiting an intergalactic maternity ward as it’s invaded by some very unwelcome visitors.
It’s a deceptively simple set- up, into which, over the course of the first four issues, Dennis Hopeless fits themes ranging from single-motherhood and female friendship to the stresses of maintaining a work- life balance. Combine that with artist Javier Rodriguez’s goosebump-inducing setpieces and you’ve got a comic with great genes.
To get his pregnancy facts right, Dennis Hopeless “sort of interviewed” his wife, as well as his mum and sister.
We wanna see the Spider Baby.