For those who looked at the Spider-Solicitations for March of 2015, you might have noticed that even though there was a solicit for Spider-Woman #5, there wasn’t a corresponding cover accompanying the issue. Turns out there was a reason for this, as Marvel was holding back the release of the cover in order to make an announcement. Because it turns out this coming March, Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew, will be getting a new “contemporary” costume. As reported in USA Today:
After nearly 40 years of the same red-and-yellow curve-hugging tights, Marvel Comics superheroine Jessica Drew is getting a modern makeover. A new costume designed by artist Kris Anka can be seen beginning today when Spider-Woman debuts as a playable character in the Spider-Man Unlimited mobile game, and the fresh threads will be seen on comic-book pages in March when the character begins a new direction in her life in the recently launched Spider-Woman solo series.
“As much as I’m a fan of spandex and it has its time and place, I felt Jess as a character could move away from that for a good long while,” says Spider-Woman editor Nick Lowe.
And series writer Dennis Hopeless hopes both changes cement her as one of Marvel’s A-list personalities. “You’ve seen her as a superspy and Avenger and soldier. Now let’s see this person as an old-school hero.”
Apparently, plans for updating Jessica Drew’s look were underway ever since Nick Lowe became the Spider-Man group editor in February, as he “[didn’t] love the classic one,” and was in development before the controversy surrounding Milo Manara’s variant cover for Spider-Woman #1 ignited last August. It’s also, according to writer Dennis Hopeless, a design which will be more in keeping his planned “real world” and “street-level” approach to the character post “Spider-Verse.”
So what’s your thoughts on Jessica’s new duds? Is it a much needed improvement? Something which should have been left well enough alone? Or perhaps a little too coincidental in light of Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr’s redesign for DC Comics’ Batgirl which debuted earlier this year? The full design sketches for the new outfit can be seen in the sourced links below.