Spider-Woman #1

Spider-Woman #1

Writer: Dennis Hopeless Artist: Greg Land Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 12
5.1Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

New Ongoing Series/Spider-Verse Tie-In!
Jessica Drew has been an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and agent of S.W.O.R.D., an Avenger and so much more. But nothing could prepare her for the multidimensional insanity that is Spider-Verse! A war is brewing, and every spider-character in the multiverse is a target! But being a target is something Jessica Drew just won't abide. She's a woman with a mission and with Silk, the newest spider-character on the block at her side, she'll have to put all her training to the test if she wants to make it out of Spider-Verse alive!
•  Dennis Hopeless (CABLE & X-FORCE, AVENGERS: ARENA) and Greg Land (UNCANNY X-MEN) bring you a universe spanning adventure starring Jessica Drew Spider-Woman and the newest spider-hero, SILK!
Rated T+

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Nov 19, 2014

    The end result is a decent issue with some fun moments and fun dialogue. It is maybe not the best start that this series could have gotten off to, but it was sort of forced into the larger story arc and forced to adapt, which it does well. At the very least, with an ongoing series featuring Spider Woman, with Silk as her ally/sidekick, this series should be interesting, and without the crossover into Spider-Verse the future looks bright for it finding its own identity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 19, 2014

    As an opening issue, it's" well, it's what I expect in a way since it's a tie-in to the Spider-Verse storyline and I'm not reading that. It's not the most accessible book in the world (I can't imagine a complete newbie thinking this is worth it) but for those who've read comics long enough, you can latch onto the basics well enough and run with it, partially thanks to the preface page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Nov 19, 2014

    That said, his art makes it impossible for me to give this book a really high mark. While the writing is a 9, I wouldnt put the art above a 5. I need expressive faces to help me feel the story, and Land just doesnt deliver that. Its my sincere hope they replace the artist with someone more suited to the subject matter. My vote is for Marcio Takara, personally, but there are plenty of others I think who could do the job well. Hopeless has a great handle on my girl Jess, I trust him with her, but comics are a visual medium. The art should tell the story as much as the words. Spider-Woman is presently leaning heavily on the latter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 21, 2014

    I don't know how a reader could enjoy this without reading all of the previous chapters in Spider-Verse. This was a poor way to start a new series and leaves me on the fence as to whether I'll pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Nov 21, 2014

    Spider-Woman #1 is an okay comic. It's not new reader friendly which is a shame since it's been a long while since we had a Spider-Woman series. If you're a fan of Spider-Verse and wondered what happened to certain groups from Amazing Spider-Man #10 then I suggest giving it a read. I'm interested to see how Silk fits into Spider-Verse as a story and it looks like I'll get more answers and multiversal fun in the next few issues of Spider-Woman. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Jaleh Najafali Nov 20, 2014

    Spider-Woman #1 is a mediocre continuation of the events that unfold in Amazing Spider-Man #10, but a poor introduction to Jessica Drew. However, the issue is filled with great humor and art that underscores its potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Latest Pull - Steve Fasone Nov 22, 2014

    As a tie-in to the current Spider-Man event, it's a solid issue and sheds some more light on what the Inheritors are after. As a debut issue of a new ongoing series, it leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully issue #2 will give us a better idea on where the series is going and give more life to the Spider-Woman character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Nov 19, 2014

    It's only issue number one so some of these character issues could smooth out over the first arc, but at the moment I don't see myself really rooting for anyone, taking away from the excitement of the story and leaving me feeling underwhelmed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Nov 20, 2014

    Great if youre keeping up with Spider-Verse and want to delve deeper into the story! If not, Id skip it! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Mar 4, 2015

    There have been a great resurgence of this more all-ages books that seem like they are being also aimed at the female audience. For the most part they've been a lot of fun but this new Spider-Woman actually did feel kind of forced at the start of this issue. However, by the end things were starting to shape up and get interesting. It's still nice to finally see a more diverse range of comics on the shelves now. It's slow progress on a long road, but it's good to know someone out there is finally listening. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Nov 20, 2014

    I'd say that Silk probably sums up my feeling towards the wasted opportunity of a first issue better pretty concisely when she says "It just sucks that I finally get to hang out with the Spider-Woman, and it turns out she's a friggin' stick-in-the-mud". Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Nov 19, 2014

    Spider-Woman #1 is an issue that starts with its hands tied behind its back. It never has an opportunity to introduce its characters or premise because it's too busy attempting to catch up with an event. However, Hopeless does an admirable job of providing a reason to care about these characters. Land's negligible contribution doesn't actively harm the story, but fails to take advantage of the ample opportunities here. Spider-Woman holds potential, but has a lot of hurdles to overcome in order to develop its own personality and appearance. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Nov 20, 2014

    Whether felled by undue expectation or confusing marketing, Spider-Woman #1 feels more like an ensemble piece than a true solo debut. Fans of the Spider-Verse event will likely find more to like, but for those excited to see Jessica Drew return to prominence, it appears we have more waiting to do yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Nov 20, 2014

    I might give the second issue a try, but I'm not particularly looking forward to it anymore. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 20, 2014

    It is unfortunate that Jessica Drew takes a backseat in the debut issue of her own title, which is split between serving as a release valve for subplots from "Spider-Verse" and a prequel tale for the upcoming "Silk" series. "Spider-Woman" #1 fails to impress, but offers glimmers that Hopeless might be able to write a Jessica Drew worth reading. She just needs to get out of "Spider-Verse" first. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 22, 2014

    Hopefully at some point this title will focus on the title character. Then it'll be worth $3.99 (maybe). Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 23, 2014

    Spider-Woman #1 does most things wrong as a debut issue. It throws you into the deep end of a major event giving the reader who hasn't been following that event barely enough to get by. It puts more focus on the supporting cast rather than the character who the book is named after. It does little to re-introduce the character and her history in order to allow new readers to create a much needed and important connection. If you've been following the Spider-Verse story than you may enjoy this as a tie-in that adds depth to the event, but if you're looking for a fresh new start for a long time Marvel character, this isn't it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Taffeta Darling Nov 24, 2014

    Overall,Spider-Woman #1 is a mediocre continuation of ongoing events that have been unfolding in The Amazing Spider-Man series. Again, its a poor introduction to Jessica Drew, and fansof the character or newcomers to the story will probably be turned off. Feeling underwhelmed is definitely not the way I want to start a new series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis Dec 3, 2014

    Everyone but Spider-Woman gets top billing.Spider-Woman #1 is a book you'll want to skip unless you are already invested in the larger Spider-Man arc and even then it does little to move things forward. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Richard Brady Nov 21, 2014

    Spider-Woman #1 didnt feel like a debut title, but rather like a Silk tie-in to Spider-Verse. Is that a good thing? Well no, not really. Just let the Spider-Woman ongoing focus on Spider-Woman. All-New Captain America isnt tied to the events in AXIS, so surely Spider-Woman doesnt have to be connected to whats currently taking place in Dan Slotts Spider-Verse either?Overall the issue felt like a forgettable disappointment. It just feels like Marvel has come into this from a completely different angle than to what everybody was expecting, and it hasnt paid off. Nick Lowe, Senior Editor at Marvel, has said this is going to be a character defining first arc for the Spider-Woman ongoing, but judging from this first issue, it doesnt feel that way at all. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Nov 19, 2014

    Spider-Woman #1 is a letdown overall. As a first issue, it fails at introducing a new audience to Spider-Woman thanks to a poor introduction and the dumping of the characters into the middle of an event story with no thought. Old fans will probably not be into her portrayal or the other characters here. The writing leaves a lot to be desired, while the artwork's is okay at best. Unless you are already reading Spider-Verse, this book is just a big misfire from Marvel and is best left alone until it improves. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 19, 2014

    Launching a brand new series in the midst of an ongoing comic event isn't the best idea. Usually new series seem to arise as a result of the end of events. New readers and those not reading Spider-Verse are thrown in the middle of a pretty crazy story. It is great that Jessica has her own series and a big amount of importance is placed upon her. It's just unfortunate there are issues with the art and too much going on to even become concerned or attached to Spider-Woman. I was looking forward to this series and hopefully things will move in a different direction once Spider-Verse is over. Jessica Drew deserved better than this. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Nov 20, 2014

    This issue doesn't feel like a #1: it feels like we've jumped into the middle of someone else's arc, and essentially, we have. The tie-in to Spider-Verse doesn't mesh well with a series launch. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Nov 19, 2014

    However, I'm going to suggest that you pass this one by, which is a shame for your local comic shop, because they've probably bought a ton of these things. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Nov 24, 2014

    There's very few positive things I can say about Spider-Woman #1. Dennis Walker writes an okay, if somewhat bland story that is a good tie-in to Spider-Verse. Unfortunately that story happens in a character's debut issue of a new series, of which she is hardly in. Greg Land's art has all his weakness and few of his strengths. Readers following Spider-Verse may want to give this a read but I can't see it being important enough to drop $3.99. I was looking forward to becoming a Spider-Woman fan but this book let me down in so many ways. Turns out the controversy surrounding the issue was more interesting than the book itself. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Nov 21, 2014

    Remember when we were all worried about that erotic cover? Spider-Woman #1 has worse problems than that. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 19, 2014

    For all the hubbub online that Spider-Woman got regarding its Milo Manara cover, at least that cover is a static image largely divorced from the contents of the story. Turns out, the story is even worse. This is about as obvious a tie-in cash-grab as it gets, and when even your lead character checks out of her mission to go elsewhere, you know you've got a waste of an issue. If you're morbidly curious about whether or not the contents of Spider-Woman match its decommissioned cover, then by all means, have at it. But don't say I didn't warn you. For everyone else, you might want to steer clear of this disappointment of a comic. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Nov 20, 2014

    Spider-Woman #1 is an example of what not to do when launching a book. It's a convoluted, confusing tie-in that will not please new readers. The spider-family has a rapidly expanding female presence, and most of them show up in this series. Spider-woman #1 wastes its potential. I cannot recommend it to anybody. If you don't want to miss anything out of Spider-verse,Just use Wikipedia instead. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    D3IM2NTEII Dec 5, 2014

    Having no real prior knowledge of Spiderwoman, I decided to pick up this issue as it did appear particularly interesting. And because I was new to Spiderwoman, I would have hoped that this issue provided me with an insight into Spiderwoman, her origins, and her life. This was not quite delivered. I felt there was too big an emphasis on Silk - Spiderwoman faded into the background. The story was somewhat interesting, delivering some fun action panels and some witty humor. A story has been established, so I'm interested to see what comes next. The artwork is vibrant and detailed. I just wished that for the first issue, we learnt more about the character it was actually written for, but ultimately this was a good read.

  • 7.0
    nightwinsbutt Nov 22, 2015

    Not as bad as I thought it would be...

  • 6.0
    Hydrahead Nov 24, 2014

    In my opinion Silk is was the stand out character and star of Spider-Woman #1. The only reason I bought it was because it is a Spider-Verse tie-in. As soon as Spider-Verse is over I will be dropping this title. Over all this book was pretty lame and jumped around too much. I am also not a fan of how Jessica talks. What is it with DC and Marvel trying to make their characters sound hip, young and trendy? I'm just not a fan of that.

  • 5.0
    mrDovydas Nov 28, 2014

    Oh my god what the hell was this. If it wasn't a Spider Verse tie-in, I wouldn't recommend this book even to my worst enemy.

  • 4.0
    Supes' soups Nov 20, 2014

    Honestly, this book felt like a product made to squeeze every penny they can out of the Spider-Verse event. Marvel has smart marketers, knowing the popularity of Spider-Man, Marvel is churning out as many titles as they feel will make them a fair amount of money. And with so many Issue #1 books coming out recently (Thor, New Cap, Superior Iron Man...), Marvel is looking to cash in big in the final quarter of 2014. Spider-Woman being one of those #1s. It was an awkward read, with Silk being that same clueless but happy to be along for the ride character we got since her intro in ASM #4. The spiders bounce around from place to place just because Silk draws the Inheritors to her just like the early bloomer draws all the boys in her 8th grade class. Speaking of boobs, I can see why people say Greg Land is the porn producer of comics. All his female characters are drawn the same way, slim waist, super busty, and gratuitous curves. And the poses he draws them in are very questionable. Regardless of what people say, there's definitely an audience for this kind of stuff and although people don't like to admit it, it's actually a pretty big audience which is why this book will sell and Greg Land is still employed. The story so far also can't really hold water (riding giant lizard creatures through the desert?), it's ironic the writer's name is Hopeless. Honestly I would skip this issue unless you really need to know every single detail involving Spider-Verse which if you are, be prepared to have a huge dent in your bank account because like all Marvel Events, there will an obscene amount of tie-ins and books tailored specifically to be a tie-in like this book we're talking about right now.

  • 3.0
    KesheR Nov 19, 2014

    Art is good and script is average, but this doesn't make any sense if you're not following Spider-Verse. Which I don't.

  • 8.5
    eVanDiesel Jan 8, 2015

  • 8.5
    Ryus Apr 9, 2015

  • 8.0
    GlenWizard May 11, 2015

  • 8.0
    iAmTru Sep 15, 2015

  • 7.0
    Sploska Jun 27, 2016

  • 6.5
    Al B. Harper Jan 26, 2015

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