I do agree about the pacing though, Bendis could get away with that kind of stuff in other types of books but with the more fringe solo books it's probably a good idea to pace it more briskly to cover more material although obviously not at the expense of characterization.
I wonder if the pacing had to do with the motion comic, too? There were less "episodes" of that than there were issues. Comics are already pretty specific, they have to be 22 pages exactly, and having to write a story so that it fits cleanly into seven 22 page chapters and five 15 (or whatever) minute episodes seems a really tricky thing to lay out. Basically, I think the Spider-woman series got messed up by the stuff that, I'm sure, when they were planning it, seemed like great ways to make the book seem important and exciting.
I wish Marvel hadn't adopted it's no minis policy, because that seems like it'd be an easier sell than a new SW ongoing, though I would like that too. Her book was selling above the cancellation threshold when they axed it despite the problems. But, at least Jessica is showing up in the Avengers books, and Captain Marvel. I was kind of worried that she'd be abandoned once Bendis left the franchise, but that doesn't seem to be the case!
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Really, Greg Rucka writing it, but no espionage stuff and Wolverine instead of Spider-man? I'd love to see how he'd write Jessica, though, it's really a shame that Marvel chased him away.
I do think if I were trying to pitch a Spider-woman book now I'd stay away from the aliens and probably the espionage and try to return to the strange stuff with maybe a bit of the private eye thing mixed in. I thought SWORD agent was a good angle in the immediacy of the Skrull invasion, when it made sense to try to capitalize on the momentum from SI, but that's not really there anymore. The secret agent stuff is a bit played out, though. A good number of prominent female Avengers were spies at one point or another, so having that background doesn't necessarily sell Jessica Drew. I also think Black Widow kind of has that niche locked down. But Jess Drew is kind of delightfully weird, and you could definitely build both plots and an aesthetic based on that.
And yeah the delays really hurt the title on several levels although interestingly enough I don't actually remember how much it was delayed due to it being such a while back. I know that the motion comic was being worked on diligently by Bendis, Maleev, and the voice talent but I forget how long the stretches were between months. Now I know that Bendis wanted to keep the collaboration on the title between himself and Maleev but I really wished he used another artist even if Maleev was burnt out, otherwise the title will always feel like unfinished business that could have given Spider-Woman a better chance at establishing herself as solo title.
Heroes for Hire by DnA had that and it didn't help any so I think the current Captain Marvel/Hawkeye model is the best a new Spider-Woman book can hope for and steady/consistent sales. That and having a consistent look or artist on the series because too much rotation can wreck the visual consistency of the title which defines the identity of the book. From what I've seen depending on sales spikes do nothing positive outside of short term sales which we've seen also happen to Alpha Flight.
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Future Fearless Defenders cover preview
Here is a cool cover art that is the Spider-Family.
Amazing Spider-Man #648 remarked with "spider-women" head-shots by Ken Haeser! Awwww yeah! With spiders the female could be more deadly than the male and here they are! Here's a collection of those dangerous and daring dames of Spider-Man's world. Five "spider-women" on each cover (the five shown), each hand-drawn!
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I do agree that Jessica's rogue gallery is the macabe and weird but at the same time pushes into the espionage realm just on a superhuman level. This might call for a new rogues gallery of femms that others, such as wolverine, battle but are not really played up because they're women and showing a man beating up on one doesn't go over very well. Also she shows a good potential for being an h4h member given her history with them but maybe she belongs on a good Defenders team.
Ms Drew as one of the many loves of Hawkeye, from the Hawkeye #8 Preview...
Interesting fashion choices for the ladies, evocative of their costumes. A lil heavy handed but I appreciate the effort to show them in civvies.
Jessica in knee socks and mary janes with the bouffant hair. Very "Mad Men".