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Review: Spider-Girl #1

Not half bad.

Arana finds some helpful mentors in the Fantastic Four (even as she tries hard to keep her resumed superheroic double-life from them.)
 

The Good

The character work in this is so strong that I actually felt like I was tagging along with some real people in a fully-realized world. It's kind of weird that this functions so well almost as a "slice of life" story in a superhero universe but, nevertheless, it was those portions that I enjoyed the most. Also, Henry's art has such great personality, I immediately thought of Kevin Maguire's work.

The Bad

The talking heads portions in the middle seemed like they ran just a touch too long and could've benefited from being a little more concise. Also, I know that part of the point of this book is to give a different angle (possibly more appealing to girls?) on web-slinging, but it still seems like some serious overkill for a superheroine to be stopping cat snatchers.

The Verdict - 3.5/5

I'll fess up to being a little resistant to this book on account of the attachment I have to Mayday Parker Spider-Girl we've know for the past ten years or so.  However, once I gave it a fair shake, I found I couldn't help but almost immediately start sympathizing and even rooting for Arana. May she do the moniker justice.
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Posted by Eyz

I already miss May Day's series and Ãrana's original name... :/
 
Anyway, looks like a decent enough read!

Posted by Theodore

lol synapse-shattering

Posted by G-Man

I too was resistant because of Mayday but I actually enjoyed this. I've liked Arana before. I'm just not crazy about her name change. This could end up being a fun series.

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Posted by sora_thekey
@G-Man said:
"I've liked Arana before. I'm just not crazy about her name change."
That is my one and only problem with this! 
I haven't read this book but I was interested from the start... I can't wait to read it!
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Posted by THALASTDRAGON

i wanted to check this out too.  it just seems like it could be a good fun read.
Posted by Thunderscream

I'm confused. Her bio says she's powerless....does her new costume give her powers?

Posted by PrinceIMC

I hope Nomad shows up in this book occasionally now that Young Allies is canceled.

Posted by VII アメリカの英雄

I have no expectations for this book because she lost her powers....

Posted by haydenclaireheroes
@Eyz: same here I just wish they never changed her name because that is Mayday's name. 
Posted by Pizawle

I have no attachment to Mayday Parker as a new reader so I very much am looking forward to enjoying this series.

Posted by Planewalker

I just read the issue I liked but I'm not to keen about the whole powerless Anya so going to give it a try, if they give her powers cool if not I'm dropping the book

Posted by InnerVenom123

I thought the twittering was actually pretty cool.  
 
I was also wondering how she could do what she does with no powers, but the book gladly answered. I thought I wasn't going to buy this, but I read the preview on Amazing and just had to, Red Hulk or not (That was the reason I was going to avoid this book).

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

I wish I could buy this, the art is great.  Maybe I'll get it later on. Clayton Henry's art is really good and solid in this comic.  I love how he draws "Spider-Girl."
Although I still don't see why they couldn't keep May Parker in her own book, and maybe just retitle it something like M2, or have her join Avengers 2 and have the title focus on her.
(Change the title like when DC's Captain Marvel had to change its name to SHAZAM!)

Posted by frogjitsu
@sora_thekey said:
" @G-Man said:
"I've liked Arana before. I'm just not crazy about her name change."
That is my one and only problem with this! I haven't read this book but I was interested from the start... I can't wait to read it! "
Same here.  I'm glad that this character is getting some love again.  I just wish they didn't have to capitalize on Spider-man's success to do it.
Posted by Violet-Eyed Dragon
@Eyz said:
" I already miss May Day's series and Ãrana's original name... :/  Anyway, looks like a decent enough read! "
why did they have to cancel the other spider-girl series to do this??
Posted by Eyz
@Violet-Eyed Dragon said:
" @Eyz said:
" I already miss May Day's series and Ãrana's original name... :/  Anyway, looks like a decent enough read! "
why did they have to cancel the other spider-girl series to do this?? "
To "not confuse readers" and I'm actually quoting what I've read in a review (over at IGN I think...)
Posted by Violet-Eyed Dragon
@Eyz said:
" @Violet-Eyed Dragon said:
" @Eyz said:
" I already miss May Day's series and Ãrana's original name... :/  Anyway, looks like a decent enough read! "
why did they have to cancel the other spider-girl series to do this?? "
To "not confuse readers" and I'm actually quoting what I've read in a review (over at IGN I think...) "
that is the stupidest thing ive ever heard.  they are dooming this new series to failure by having it compete with may's, and they are cheating us out of may's series for really dumb reasons.  its poor marketing choices like this that cause them to give characters "gritty reboots."  in the next ten years, i bet they will have arana be some sociopathic serial killer or hyper-sexualized feminut or something because they cant market her original look well.    
Posted by novakidx

I dunno,I liked this [pretty close to loving it actually]
the only thing that confused me now [new reader] is who else is in the spider-family now?

Posted by Eyz
@Violet-Eyed Dragon said:
" @Eyz said:
" @Violet-Eyed Dragon said:
" @Eyz said:
" I already miss May Day's series and Ãrana's original name... :/  Anyway, looks like a decent enough read! "
why did they have to cancel the other spider-girl series to do this?? "
To "not confuse readers" and I'm actually quoting what I've read in a review (over at IGN I think...) "
that is the stupidest thing ive ever heard.  they are dooming this new series to failure by having it compete with may's, and they are cheating us out of may's series for really dumb reasons.  its poor marketing choices like this that cause them to give characters "gritty reboots."  in the next ten years, i bet they will have arana be some sociopathic serial killer or hyper-sexualized feminut or something because they cant market her original look well.     "
It seems Joe Quesada never actually liked May/Spider-girl, since she simbolizes Peter & MJ's future, which he retconned totally.
I'm sure if he could, he would destroy every single old issue featuring those two living together. (or go back in time stop the publication of the wedding storyline) :P
Posted by BaBaBoom

 i got the first issue and i wanna know where i could buy the second and third issues, do anyone know a good online comic store that sells in New Jersey?