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Starting in a few weeks, Anya Corazon better known as the Marvel 616 Spider-Girl is getting her own tie in to the Spider-man event: Spider Island. The series is being written by previous series writer, Paul Tobin and it's very ironic as Anya's main series just ended after 8 issues this past week where she succeed in bringing her father's killers to justice but also gained back her spider powers and even organic webbing thanks to the experiments of the Jackal. Now, while it's pretty basic why Anya is going to be involved with the event and everything, it seems that Marvel is giving old Anya a lot more chances than they ever gave May Parker. Now, granted May had three series relaunches, was saved from cancellation a number of times but it seems that while the readers were there for May and wanted her series to continue. The fan following for Anya seems to be pretty basic.
Ever since her original series: Heart of the Spider came to an end, there didn't seem to be an opportunity missed to keep Anya around as the 616 Spider-Girl. Being cased in Ms. Marvel, being involved in the Civil War, her becoming a member of the Young Allies and killing off Mattie Franklin to put Anya in front as the inheritor to both Spider-man and the Spider-woman legacy. It seems that there is more fingers in the pie to keep Anya around than May "May Day" Parker because she is supposed to be "our Spider-Girl" and not the MC2 one.
There is nothing wrong with the character of Anya, in fact she is one of the most diverse and original super heroins to show up in a comic book near you in the last 10 years outside of Stargirl and Ikon but keep in mind, she keeps getting shot after shot of being in a Marvel Comic than other characters seem to be unless you are Hercules. The problem is, while Hercules has had his fair share of relaunches and stories, the books still sell marginally well while Anya's sales have never been truly stellar and in fact May Parker's titles and related titles have out sold all of Anya's series in the last 14 years except for Wild Thing. It seems that while readers call for May, Marvel answers with Anya and at this point in time, it seems that it's time to listen to the fans again and give May another decent year run and take a big chance like DC Comics is doing with their new 52 issue run.