Marvel has fired back at DC Comics success following the redesign of Batgirl’s costume a few months ago. Marvel’s weapon of choice? A new Spider-Woman costume that will debut in 2015.
Marvel editor Nick Lowe said he, “wanted a costume that walked the line between superhero-ready and something a woman would wear in the real world. But for the most part they’re clothes to kick ass in.”
It’s a great way to approach costumes going forward as comic publishers need to make sure costumes are “screen ready.” It also sounds very similar to a statement made by Cameron Stewart regarding Batgirl’s costume change:
“Barbara is forced to make a new costume for herself when her old one becomes unavailable. The new one is something she’s able to make herself, shopping at the various boutique and vintage stores in Burnside. It also reflects her youth and style.”
Here is the new look that we will see in Spider-Woman #5 that arrives in March of 2015.
A new story arc kicking off in Spider-Woman No. 5 and illustrated by Javier Rodriguez will find Jessica Drew focusing on helping folks in New York City in a more street-level way rather than dealing with the planet-threatening likes of, say, the Red Skull. Hopeless feels it goes back to her roots in the ’70s when Spider-Woman started out simply wanting to solve one problem at a time and had a stint as a private detective. – USA Today
Honestly, it is a cool costume change for the character who has been running around in Spandex for the last 37 years, and in light of the Milo Manara controversy, it seems like the easiest way to wipe the slate clean so to speak.
In order to compete with the company that is always in its shadow, Marvel has ensured Spider-Woman #5 will be talked about for months to come, and be in the top ten comics sold in March.
There are two big questions that come from this reveal; Is the costume change a good one? How long before we see someone cosplaying as the new Spider-Woman? Use the comment section below Spoilerites!