Spider-Girls #1 Review

by Harlan Ivester on October 24, 2018

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Andres Genolet
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            I’m not usually a big fan of event tie-ins, but I’m always down for more Renew Your Vows. I love what Jody Houser has done with Annie Parker, so her being the focus of the team up makes this an instant buy for me. Thankfully, she makes it fully warranted.

            Spider-Girls #1 definitely reads more like an issue of Renew Your Vows than anything else. Those hoping for a lot of Mayday or Anya action may not be fully satisfied this time around, but I’d encourage to them to keep going. Fans of Houser’s RYV will, of course, be very pleased here, since this issue picks up old revelations from her run and keeps them going, giving us the most emotional moments. They also make this tie-in feel totally justified, something I can seriously appreciate. I’m glad Annie isn’t being asked to help just because she has spider powers. There’s never a dull moment and it sets up the adventure well, even giving new readers everything they need to know to get behind Annie wanting to step up to the plate.  
            By far my favorite thing about Andres Genolet’s penciling is the faces. They’re so different from one another. It’s not, “oh, I can tell who’s who because this person has different hair,” but instead they’re all so clearly built uniquely. Emoting is simple but simply pleasant to the eye. It’s convincing. Acrobatics can be hard to follow, but otherwise everything checks out. I wish Triona Farrell would give the book some more color. There’s a lot of orange here and it… gives me a craving for orange soda. But the shading works really well and adds a lot to the tone of any given moment.

            I’m very satisfied with Spider-Girls #1. Again, I think fans of Mayday or Anya might be happier with the next issue, but this one actually made me care about everyone’s part in the fight with the Inheritors, and it has great potential for awesome character interactions coming up. It’s not anything mind blowing, but the art makes it really easy to empathize with everyone throughout the story. Give it a shot.

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