Great re­spon­si­bil­ity

SFX - - Reviews - Sam Ashurst

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.

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