Tuesday, February 22, 2011

COMIC: Top of the Stack - Spider-Girl #3 (Review)

Written by Paul Tobin
Art by Clayton Henry, Tim Seeley & Sergio Cariello
Cover by Jelena Djurdjevic

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99

It was a tough crowd this week when it came to finding a comic worthy of being top of the stack. Previous stack winners: Brightest Day and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers had issues released and the DC anthology comic Weird Worlds stepped up in its second issue but none of the books had me glowing afterward. It was not until reading Spider-Girl #3, the new Spider-Girl relaunch starring Anya Corazon, that I knew I had found the next top of the stack pick.

Comic creator Paul Tobin is the writer for Spider-Girl, perhaps best known for his load of Marvel work including The Age of Sentry 2008 miniseries and several books from the Marvel Adventures line. He is steering the ship for Anya Corazon, who originally debuted in the Marvel Universe as AraƱa but after being given Julia Carpenter's costume has taken on the mantle of Spider-Girl and a new ongoing series.

In this issue, Anya deals with the aftermath of the previous issue's stunning character death. She confronts the Red Hulk and learns the whole story of what happened, attends a funeral and finds herself searching for the right person in her life to tell everything to and ends up sharing with one of Marvel's iconic female heroes, Susan Richards, The Invisible Woman, who is the perfect choice to give comfort to the young girl.

Jelena Djurdjevic drew a spectacular cover for the issue with an angry Anya in her Spider-Girl costume next to a slanted tombstone. The interior art is a step up from the last book Anya was in, but it was easy to notice when there was a different artist working on a section of the book, which might be a result of the opening and closing pages taking the art to a whole other level.

I like to support underused characters that catch my eye, and with the new costume, new moniker and new ongoing series I am ready to embrace Anya Corazon as Spider-Girl. Here's hoping this heroine solo title takes off like other heroine books have in the last few years and builds a fan base to support it.

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