I'm a bit concerned that among all the prior Jessica stuff Hopeless has named as having read to prepare for this, the most recent stuff (Avengers Assemble) hasn't come up -- especially since that's the book that made me like her, and her personality there would be one I'd actually enjoy reading...
Yes, that scares me too. That was the Jessica I grew to love, as well as Bendis' New Avengers run, I hope that she won't be grim all the time, considering she's been a bubble of joy and biting sarcasm in in Marvel NOW.
Yeah, it definitely seems like it'd be a step backwards to more or less ignore the Marvel NOW approach to her, since that's undoubtedly the version many readers looking to read a new Spider-Woman book will be most familiar with (assuming the NOW initiative has actually accomplished its goal of bringing in newer readers).
It wouldn't, of course, be the first time that fans of a character read a Hopeless book and found recent history ignored and the character they loved unrecognizable, but then, hopefully that won't be the case.
@leokearon: I recognize the latter point. I'm just saying that these characters would be very different had they lived in the 616 -- nearly unrecognizable from the people they are in the show. It's just a radically different place to live in. Think, they lived through the attack by the Chitauri; it's a major formative moment for so many of these characters, learning about aliens and superheroes and whatnot. That's an event that didn't happen in 616, and it's an event that would have played out far differently in a world with X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man.
So your point that it's inspired, not an adaptation, is kind of another way of phrasing why I think it's ridiculous: a comic version of the show would make plenty of sense; trying to integrate these characters into the 616 universe without radically changing who they are, not so much.
This book would make a lot more sense if they didn't say it's 616.
This is a show that has actually denied the existence of magic, and in which mutants are not known to exist by people who live a stone's throw from Westchester in the 21st century. The show itself has so deeply made clear the line between Marvel-owned cinematic properties and those owned by Fox and Sony that the idea that those characters could possibly be 616 characters is patently absurd.
I've never really personally experienced Land's art, just heard it's the worst thing in existence (and/or that he traces porn as a reference). Combining that with Hopeless would suggest I wouldn't touch this book with a ten foot pole, but I actually might.
I'm a bit concerned that among all the prior Jessica stuff Hopeless has named as having read to prepare for this, the most recent stuff (Avengers Assemble) hasn't come up -- especially since that's the book that made me like her, and her personality there would be one I'd actually enjoy reading -- but given the grim nature of the Spider-Verse story I guess it might be okay. I still think he should have looked at how Jess & Anya worked together if he's meant to be writing a story about Jess and a newbie with spider powers in over their heads. But then maybe he did and just hasn't mentioned it.
It's tiresome for every interview with Hopeless -- for every book he writes -- to always say "I can't comment because we'll have to see who survives." I guess that's as much editorial's fault as anything else but it's still rather annoying. Especially when most of the characters in the book are ones with decent fan-bases. I'm going to follow Spider-Verse but it may well be the event that causes me to drop half my current Marvel pull, if Slott hasn't just been teasing people about the death toll.