Spider-Girls #1 Becomes The Stand-Out Spider-Geddon Tie-In

by James Ferguson

Spider-Geddon bleeds into Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows as Mayday Parker and Anya Corazon look for more information about the Spider totems to help combat the Inheritors. This leads to a bit of a shock for Mayday as this world represents what her life could have been like.

Spider-Girls wastes no time getting to the action. It’s a solid tie-in in that regard because the story is clearly exploring additional aspects of Spider-Geddon that don’t fit into the main tale. The dynamic between the three main characters (Mayday, Anya, and Spiderling Annie May Parker) is very interesting as all three of them have taken up the mantle of a Spider hero and are in different stages of their lives. Mayday is suddenly in the position of the role model which must be a weird feeling.

Speaking of weird feelings, Mayday is putting off an immense sense of sadness when she sees this Spider family in action. She tries to push it away by getting right to the point and focusing on the task at hand, but this is some emotion that’s going to come to a head sooner or later.

Writer Jody Houser does a great job with this as well as the other interactions, particularly those among the Spider Family. This is a version of Peter Parker we don’t see too often. He still has his sense of responsibility and a big sense of humor, but his priorities have shifted as he’s focused on protecting his daughter. Mary Jane is in the same bucket. You can tell early on that they’re great parents.

Despite becoming a parent, Peter Parker still looks like a bit of a schlub when he’s out of his costume. Artist Andres Genolet makes him look a bit too young, especially with how old Annie looks. There are times when her and MJ look like they’re the same age and Peter looks like an awkward teenager. This is the opposite when they’re in costume where Peter’s confidence shines through and Annie looks more childlike.

I love the way the color schemes work with the Spider family’s costumes. They complement each other well. Colorist Triona Farrell makes each of the costumes pop with a nice palette. There’s a great shot where all five of the Spider heroes are standing next to each other and there’s very little overlap between them in terms of repetition of colors.

Annie narrates most of this issue and it’s clear that she has an excellent relationship with her parents. Sure, they can be a little overprotective at times, but there’s a lot of love here. It makes this tie-in stand out very quickly as the stakes feel so much higher in this one than in any other. This family dynamic has made me much more invested in these characters than any other Spider hero from the multiverse.

This narration pops up in orange caption boxes which feels like an odd choice. Orange is the one color that doesn’t appear in any of the costumes, so I wonder why that was selected for Annie’s internal dialogue instead of a teal color, like the highlights in her suit.

Spider-Girls has quickly become the stand-out Spider-Geddon tie-in. It’s worked with some characters I wasn’t very familiar with and immediately pulled me into their lives. The threat from the Inheritors was always dire, but now it feels even more so, as I’m so invested in these characters. I’m looking forward to seeing how this dynamic plays out in subsequent issues.

Spider-Girls #1 from Marvel Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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