Spectacular Spider-Girl #1 Review

Posted by Spiderfan001 13 May 2010

She's baaack! Spider-Girl must satisfy some unseen demographic for Marvel, because I have no idea how else May "Mayday" Parker has managed to survive this long while other more popular titles have seen cancellation. You could argue that it is because of the sheer awesomeness of the title character, storylines and artwork, but business doesn't work that way. It's more likely that some Spider-Girl fans have mob connections.

The Story
The Punisher prepares to return to New York City to take down Don Silvio.

Man Mountain Marko reports Wild Card's victory over Spider-Girl to a pleased Don Silvio.

The Black Tarantula attacks a group of Silvio's thugs and asks that they tell Silvio to stop interfering in his affairs.

May phones both Kaine and Normie Osborn and asks them to dig up information on Wild Card.

April (AKA Mayhem) meets up with Marko who informs her that Silvio is fire-bombing a couple of the Tarantula's bookie parlors in retaliation for the earlier attack.

At Cafe Indigo, May notices the attacks while out with her friends but finds herself unable to slip away. That is of course, until Wes "accidentally" spills some coffee on her. As Spider-Girl, May is able to rescue innocent bystanders and help the firefighters.

Meanwhile, the Punisher steals a drug dealers' plane and heads for the States.

Just as she finishes saving everyone May receives a call from Kaine. Although he was unable to get anything on Wild Card, he does warn her that the Punisher is coming to town.


This issue best serves as an introduction for those who are new to the Spider-Girl character and her world.

There are also things that will appeal to long time Spider-Girl fans. Aside from the excellent Ron Frenz artwork, there's a great sequence where DeFalco draws parallels between Spider-Girl and the Punisher. Spider-Girl saves lives, the Punisher ends them, but the two have similar motivations and ultimately similar goals. This issue also reopens the issue of whether Wes knows that May is Spider-Girl. Hopefully by the end of this mini we will have the answer.

This issue offers a great introduction to Spider-Girl and kicks off what looks to be fun four issue mini. I would encourage all Spidey fans to check it out.

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