By Jim Beard
Following her appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN's Grim Hunt storyline and addition to the team in YOUNG ALLIES, Marvel Comics proudly announces a new ongoing SPIDER-GIRL series starring the adventurer formerly known as Arana. Writer Paul Tobin's excited to bring the young heroine's new solo adventures to readers.
"Anya Corazon is a girl stuck between her youthful optimism-'I'm gonna change the world!'-and all the evidence of what she's up against," he explains. "She's seen a lot of the worst humanity has to offer, but she's also seen her fellow heroes stand up against overwhelming odds and literally save the world. She puts on the costume because it gives her an extra voice, one that speaks louder than she feels she can as a simple 16-year-old girl who struggles in romance and school and life in general."
Tobin promises Spider-Girl's stories will set a tone for themselves, apart from her "big brother" Spider-Man's adventures.
"Well, apparently I'm a mean guy, because I'm immediately making life even harder for Anya," he notes of SPIDER-GIRL's kick-off arc. "She's about to have a major life change, and be forced to examine who she is and what she does, and if it's even possible in light of the new developments. As far as what kinds of adventures she'll face, one thing
|AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #648 variant cover by J. Scott Campbell|
That group consists of characters both familiar and new, according to Tobin, and ones that will fill out the book's cast for the foreseeable future.
"Rikki 'Nomad' Barnes and Spider-Man will be around, of course," he promises. "But the two I think I'm most excited to be working with are a new character, Rockefeller 'Rocky' Flint, who attends Milton Summers High School with Anya, and then also Susan Richards, The Invisible Woman. Sue and Gil 'I'm Anya's Father' Corazon are friends, and Sue will be around as somewhat of a mentor, but mostly a friend. I love working with members of the Fantastic Four and with Sue specifically. Writer Jeff Parker really set the stage for her as a character."
The events of Grim Hunt and Spider-Girl's induction into the Young Allies sets the stage for her new title as she's immediately plunged into a dangerous situation with unexpected consequences in SPIDER-GIRL #1.
"The first arc will have Spider-Girl teaming up with what I'll just go ahead and say is an unexpected teammate, and one that Anya doesn't like very much, at all," Tobin teases. "Anya will be facing a criminal organization that has the simplest motive of all: pure greed. With all that's going on in the world right now, some of the most insidious crimes are motivated by
|SPIDER-GIRL #1 cover|
To aid Tobin in delivering those punches comes artist Clayton Henry, an addition to SPIDER-GIRL the writer couldn't be happier with.
"Clayton has a way of bringing majesty to the simplest of characters, and extra added majesty to the main characters," he says. "Spider-Girl, Susan Richards, Character X That I'm Not Going to Talk About-they have a sense of grandeur and nobility about them. An inner strength. And then there's Mr. Henry's ability to stage a scene from the oddest of angles and still have the artwork sing, an ability that any Spider-Family book demands. I normally want to high-five Clayton when his pages come in."
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