Let’s move from Ant-Man to another insect-based character, Spider-Woman. This one had a little bit of false controversy to it, considering the alternative cover to the left. The crazy regressive SJWs screamed that it was sexist, but it was clearly a reference to old Spider-Man covers, drawn almost exactly the same, like the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #30. I guess people see what they want to see and that reality, to them, is colored by their personal ideologies. But we’re not here to talk about crazy people who don’t even read comics, but about this particular arc. So let’s dive in.As with Astonishing Ant-Man last week, this is another one of those comics that were doing well before Secret Wars and which picked up generally where the previous series left off, by the same creative team. However, lots of things have happened in the intervening time. Jessica Drew is pregnant and pregnancy kinks her ability to do her spandex job. Of course, there’s a lot we don’t know right away, like who the father is, but for the moment, that’s not going to be answered. Instead, we get to see how she deals with her limitations and the requirement that she deal with smaller problems, not giant world-changing events that we’re used to seeing her handle with the Avengers.
That’s a really unusual take in a superhero story. Most of them are action oriented, lots of BANG and POW, but not so much here. We get to see the brainy side of Jessica and she has to leave all of the heavy lifting to others. It’s a side she’s always had, but which usually remains in the background and that’s certainly something that could be fascinating if done right in the long term.
If you want to know what it reminds me of, it’s the She-Hulk comic from a year or two ago. Most of it wasn’t Jennifer smashing, it was her doing law. Sure, she had to smash from time to time, but that wasn’t the primary focus and I think the idea of showing that comic book women are strong in more than just the physical is a good one. Jessica Drew is more than just muscles. I want to see that for more characters, both male and female. It makes them more well-rounded, I think there are far too many 2-dimensional superheroes out there. That alone is going to keep me reading along because I do care about Jessica’s brain as much as I do her muscles.