Welcome to Cover Girl. Each month, we gather a team of WWAC contributors to analyze a new or recent and notable comic book cover featuring one or more women. This month, Andrea Ayres, Nola Pfau, and Wendy Browne discuss the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #74.
Providing a trenchant character portrait of J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man: Life Story Annual is deep and dark and beautifully written — but doesn’t feature much actual web-slinging from Peter Parker himself.
There are some blips in this fifth issue, but the lion’s share of Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow is a nervy, eerie book that may be the best horror title Marvel’s published in the last five years.
W.E.B. of Spider-Man #2 is a fun series that will likely please older kids and teenagers with its sprightly can-do attitude. Older collectors might not find it an essential pull, but it’s still a fun read.
Spider-Man: The Spider’s Shadow piles on the chilling, overwhelming visuals as Peter finally breaks away from the influence his suit holds over him. But the symbiote is not about to let go of its influence over Peter — or Manhattan — that easily.
Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #2 manages to be effective without drowning its fraught character drama in too much extra storyline frippery. It’s not a perfect jaunt, but it’s still a worthwhile continuation of an incredible first issue.
Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #1 takes a chilling, violent, and sometimes grim (but always humor-leavened) look at a possible future for Peter Parker. It’s ultimately a cautionary What If tale that asks what would have happened had Peter Parker bonded with the symbiote suit instead of Eddie Brock.
Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #3 combines fascinating story with just-okay art and uneven character development.
A good film noir has a look and a feel to it. The detective’s narrow office. The mysterious woman, entering to seek his help. Is she a victim or a villain? Can the hero trust her? Spider-Man Noir #2 opens with this question, our hero ruminating on the mysterious Huma as they cross the Atlantic….
Outlawed #1, by Ewing, Jacinto, and Grundetjern, is an ambitious one-shot, meant to disrupt the status quo of the Marvel Universe. At least, the status quo for teen superheroes: superheroes whose superpowers don’t quite translate to systemic power.
A robbery, a dead dame, and an ancient brooch set all of Spider-Man Noir’s senses tingling. To solve this mystery, our friendly neighbourhood 1930s Spider-Man is going to have to leave his comfort zone.
This week has felt like a thousand years, but it’s my first iteration of this column so that’s exciting! Let’s get into it.