The GeeksverseSpider-Girl #1

Spider-Girl #1
Published on Friday, November 19, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Paul Tobin
Art by: Clayton Henry
Colored by: Chris Sotomayor
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Assistant Editor: Mike Horwitz
Associate Editor: Tom Brennan
Editor: Nate Cosby
Senior Editor: Stephen Wacker
Cover: A- Barry Kitson w/ Chris Sotomayor; B- Michael Del Mundo

I never knew much about Arana/Anya Corazon/Spider-Girl. I’d only read of her in the Nomad back-up feature in Captain America and then in Young Allies. The recap page does a good job of bringing people up to speed on her character.

Tobin does a good job giving voice to Anya. She’s got a carefree, happy-go-lucky, attitude with her crimefighting. In a way she kind of mimics Spider-Man’s banter well doing the “job”, but she’s not as sarcastic. Her one liners seem more natural in a way. She’s also an interesting character. No super powers of her own, just highly skilled.

Tobin shows different sides of Anya, from super hero to high schooler, to daughter and does a good job with all of them. She’s not your typically angsty teen ager, more concerned that with her dual life the kids in her school are boring. That she feels left out when Sue Storm takes off to fight with the rest of the FF, leaving Anya behind, it makes sense and her reaction is interesting. It hightlights her unique role. She knows the FF but they don’t know she’s Spider-Girl.

The police officer’s reaction does this as well, in a different way. It helps to highlight her age and what she’s doing with no powers. This in a way helps define Anya’s character.

That she stops in the middle of crime fighting to check on her dad is a nice touch. All those help make this a non-typical super hero story and helps make Anya an interesting character.

My one complaint is the captions. It’s supposed to be Anya tweeting her thoughts and always starts with “The_Spider_Girl” and her icon. It’s a nice idea, having some of the captions be “public” and some be normal thought balloons. But after awhile the “The_Spider-Girl” got pretty annoying. Keep the same style of box and only do “The_Spider_Girl” once or twice each issue and it will be fine.

Clayton Henry’s art is excellant. He does a great job of catching Anya in motion and her athletic poses seem natural. There’s not an awkward pose in the entire issue. His panels flow smoothly with the story and his layouts are nice.

He does a good job of showing Anya’s age. Alot of artists have issues with getting age right. They either look too old or too young. Henry makes Anya look the way she should for her age. He also draws a nice Sue Storm.

Spider-Girl #1 receives
4 out of 5

I don’t think the cover hype is right, but it is a good first issue.

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