Friday, November 04, 2016

Reader's Diary #1408 - Dennis Hopeless (writer), Javier Rodriguez (artist): Spider-Woman Baby Talk Volume 1

Another Marvel character I didn't know much about, but as I've been exploring the Spider-Verse a bit this year, I knew enough that I definitely couldn't forget her. She may not have been around as long as Peter Parker's Spider-Man, but longer than Spider-Gwen, Silk, or Miles Morales's Spider-Man.

And as female Marvel character who's been around for a while, you'd be correct to assume that she's not always been treated with a lot of respect by the myriad of artists and writers who've had their turn. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see a very pregnant and respectably posed Spider-Woman, especially after the Milo Manara debacle just a few years back.

I'll also say that I was surprised that they went with 2 males for the writer/artist team, but I think the results are great. Again, this is coming from a male who's never been pregnant, so perhaps my opinion on this isn't highly prized either, but Jessica Drew's (a.k.a. Spider-Woman's) pregnancy did remind me a lot of my wife's two pregnancies, so it at least seemed accurate.

Of course, my wife didn't give birth in a Black Hole while fighting off an army of Skrull terrorists (that I'm aware of), so lest I make you think this is all about a pregnancy and not a superhero, I would like to set the record straight that even in a late stage pregnancy, Spider-Woman kicks ass. The balance between depicting a single mother, going through many physical and emotional changes, and a funny, action-filled superhero comic was just perfect.

For the most part, Rodriguez's art looked like generic superhero stuff, but I was quite impressed with his varied use of panels, whether they showed several Jessicas in one scene to capture her movements or repeated a scene several times side by side but with minor differences to slow down the pace, I found it all very purposeful and appropriate.

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