Jessica Drew - a.k.a Spider-Woman is getting a new look, her first significant costume alternation since her creation and original costume design by Maie Severin in 1977's Marvel Spotlight #32.
The new look deduted Thursday morning on USA Today and was designed by artist Kris Anka. The costume will make it's proper Marvel debut first as a playable character in the mobile game Spider-Man Unlimited, then in comics with March's Spider-Woman #5 - which will feature a "design variant" cover by Anka.
Tatiana Nahai, product manager for Gameloft called the redesign "functional" and "cool," and something she herself would want to wear. "She's sexy but not in a spandex way — in a modern, unique way."
Series editor Nick Lowe stated that he'd been planning a redesign for Spider-Woman since he took over the Spider-Man titles at Marvel in March, and although it didn't debut when the series did in November it was well underway.
"To operate on the level she wants to, she needs something that can pass for semi-normal and she can turn it on to crazy if she needs to," Lowe told USA Today.
Series writer Dennis Hopeless said the design will go along with a move street-level approach for the series, something he considers as a return to the character's 1970s roots.
"Spider-Man isn't really a detective — he swings around looking for trouble, whereas Jess needs to go and figure stuff out and dig things up, and you can't really do that head to toe in spandex very well," Lowe told USA Today. "To operate on the level she wants to, she needs something that can pass for semi-normal and she can turn it on to crazy if she needs to.