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Subj: Fails miserably as a first issue of an ongoing series
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 at 10:17:04 pm EST (Viewed 116 times)
Reply Subj: Spider-Woman #1: It is Hopelessly Land
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 at 08:36:54 am EST (Viewed 39 times)
There could be any number of excuses why the issue is bad. The biggest is that it is using the larger Spider-verse story as a launch pad, and thus has to tie in to the larger story in a specific way.
But as an establishing issue in a series it fails simply because it does nothing to really promote the titular character Spider-Woman. After reading this issue, I have no idea what the series focus is going to be, or its tone, or anything else. In fact, it seemed to spotlight more on Silk than SW, and Silk is due for her own series early next year. If I were a new reader, I spent several dollars on a Spider-Woman book and walked away with anything but her, and probably couldn't even tell you what her secret identity is - or if its even a secret.
This would have been better served as a Spider-verse tie in mini series called "Spider-Women," and then launch SW, Silk, and Spider-Gwen in solo titles once finished.
Marvel used to be better than this. They used to practically lecture readers on the proper way to write comics and tell stories in comics. This is a shocking example of what NOT TO DO for a first issue.