Earth 65's Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy balances her hero career with family and band relationships!

Celebrate the Wall Crawler’s return to the big screen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” by heading back to school with these adventures available on Marvel Unlimited!

On Earth 65, instead of a radioactive spider biting Peter Parker, the arachnid chomped down on his classmate Gwen Stacy. Granted the proportionate strength of a spider, plus enhanced reflexes and Spider Sense, she patrolled New York City as Spider-Woman!

Dubbed Spider-Gwen, she first appeared in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez and helped save existence which launched into her own series by the same crew! 

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #2

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #2

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Instead of worrying about balancing her schoolwork with super heroics, Gwen couldn’t seem to find the balance between her band The Mary Janes and the masked life. Crazier yet, when she came face to face with her father, Captain George Stacy, she unmasked and revealed her true identity to him!

Things got all the more complicated as super villains started trying to kill Captain Stacy and people began asking more questions. They even brought in Lt. Frank Castle to help take down Spider-Woman and figure the whole thing out.

Like her 616 counterpart, Gwen faced off against the likes of The Kingpin – though not in person at first – as well as The Vulture, The Rhino and even Matt Murdock, who’s an evil mob lawyer in her reality!

However, two of the most heart-wrenching foes Spider-Gwen faced came in the form of the Lizard and Green Goblin. See, after she got her powers, her pal Peter Parker became obsessed with Spider-Woman. Wanting to be special himself, he injected himself with a serum that turned him into the Lizard during prom. Gwen jumped in to stop him, but wound up seemingly killing the young man.

Meanwhile, another longtime friend, Harry Osborn, disappeared after Peter’s death. When he returned, he fully blamed Spider-Woman for Peter’s death. To get his own revenge, he created the Green Goblin suit for himself and orange-themed robots to kill her. She finally stopped his rampage – which was aided by some of Peter’s own formula – and revealed her identity to him.

Spider-Woman’s adventures continue in the pages of SPIDER-GWEN as she contines to deal with problems in her own reality as well as a few that connect to the 616.

A Tangled Web

As mentioned above, Spider-Gwen debuted during the Spider-Verse event. Ms. Stacy worked with Peter Parker and Spider-Woman from the 616 among many other spider-folks to stop Morlun and the Inheritors from destroying the web of life by killing all of the spider-folks in all realities. From there she joined up with a group in the pages of WEB WARRIORS featuring Spider-Ham, Spider-Man India, Spider-UK, Spider-Man Noir and Anya Corazon. Though she’s still based on Earth 65, Gwen has crossed over with SPIDER-WOMAN and SILK in the Spider-Women story and also started up a relationship with Miles Morales!

Next week we shine the spotlight on Miles Morales and his post-Secret Wars adventures on Earth 616!

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Remembering some of the worst actions of Roderick Kingsley!

In SPIDER-WOMAN #14 on December 7, our titular hero will lock proverbial horns with the manic orange garbed cackler known as Hobgoblin. After seemingly blowing up Jessica’s friend and partner Porcupine on a New York City rooftop, he has more than proven his evil in one act.

However, Hobby—Roderick Kingsley under the mask—has long demonstrated he and “decent human being” never belong in the same sentence. If you don’t believe us, well, check out the list we put together below. The worst actions of Hobgoblin will certainly persuade you to side with us.

You Wanna Be the King, Gotta Blackmail the Princes
In addition to stealing Norman Osborn’s Goblin gear, Roderick also secured several of the Green Goblin’s personal files. Using those ill-gotten gains, he sought to blackmail the likes of J. Jonah Jameson. Only Kingpin’s intervention saved Spider-Man from Hobby killing the Webhead, and making Spidey have to get help from Fisk might be even worse a crime than blackmail.

Using a Patsy
Reporter Ned Leeds—through a mix of ambition, gumption, and journalistic skill—got closer than anyone to unraveling the mystery of Hobgoblin’s identity. Unfortunately, his work did not go unnoticed by Roderick. The villain kidnapped Leeds and brainwashed the investigative journalist into believing himself to be Hobgoblin.

Disposing of a Patsy
Repeated brainwashing taking their toll left Leeds increasingly erratic, slowly destroying his career and his marriage. Sensing his tool may be at the end of its usefulness, Kingsley leaked Leeds’ identity to the underworld and sent him off to Berlin, Germany, unpowered, to meet his demise at the hands of Foreigner.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #276

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #276

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Handles Criticism Poorly
In the midst of using Leeds, Kingsley further muddied the waters of his true identity by framing Flash Thompson in the press after the #1 Spider-Man fan had the nerve to bad mouth Hobby. While not an event with a horrible fallout, that kind of thin skinned reactivity to critics cannot be anything but a really bad look for anyone, even a super villain.

Join the Dark Parade!
In general, joining with Mephisto to accomplish anything cannot not be considered anything but “bad behavior.” He may not be the devil of the Marvel Universe but he remains one of the most prominent demons, certainly. Add in that Hobgoblin joins not just with Mephisto but 98 other super villains and their mission revolves around stealing the Beyonder’s power? We’re talking really bad behavior.

Rent Your Super Suits Here
Content to let Phil Urich play the role of Hobgoblin, Kingsley decided to return to his business roots, renting out costumes and identities to various criminals, allowing even more super villain crime to occur with people far less experienced and in control perpetrating it.

Can Jessica Drew gain revenge on The Hobgoblin? Find out December 7 in SPIDER-WOMAN #14 by Dennis Hopeless and Veronica Fish!

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Barreling out of Civil War II, Jessica Drew faces down her new life!

Spider-Woman has experienced a lot of upheaval as of late.

Tossed about alternate worlds in Spider-Verse and Secret Wars. Fighting crime while pregnant and while sleep deprived with a newborn. Being stuck in the middle of Civil War II.

Unfortunately for Jessica, according to writer Dennis Hopeless, with SPIDER WOMAN #11 hitting stands this week, she can expect no break, but that’s good news for those who enjoy following her adventures.

Marvel.com: To meet Jessica where she is, she recently has been in conflict with Captain Marvel, her longtime friend, because of the maelstrom that is Civil War II. To catch readers up to the present, what is the state of that friendship now? In general, how is Jessica feeling emotionally?

Dennis Hopeless: Jess wanted nothing at all to do with the [Civil War II] conflict from the very beginning. She told Carol at much and fought hard to hold that line. Carol pressed her and pressed her and eventually Jess caved. She and Porcupine and Ben Urich accepted the job of investigating some of Ulysses’ early visions. For a hot minute there, Jess was almost convinced that Carol was right. The visions seemed to be legit and one of them even allowed Jess to save two lives.

But the moment Jess found out about Hawkeye killing Banner, she flipped hard the other way. One of her friends killed another over this crap and she’s furious about that. SPIDER-WOMAN #11 delves into the fallout but it’s safe to say Spider-Woman and Captain Marvel are on rocky ground right at the moment. I love the friendship as much as anyone, but the next time Carol and Jess meet up, things might get ugly fast.

Marvel.com: In issue #12, Spider-Woman and Porcupine are teaming up for a single issue adventure. Without giving away too much, can you tease readers about what these two are up to?

Dennis Hopeless: It’s a beach day. Roger and Jess take their children to the beach. They have popsicles and frozen candy bars.

What I will say about this issue is that it was drawn by my good friend Tigh Walker, who is damned genius. This is the perfect issue for his crazy energetic style—hint: It’s not really just a beach day—and I’m thrilled we got to work together again. People should check this one out for his art alone. It’s a fun departure from [regular artist] Veronica [Fish’s] brand of brilliance. Which, by the way, our entire art team is awesome. I can’t possibly sing their praises enough.

Marvel.com: To stay in that vein, you’ve been gifted with two talented pencilers on this book lately with Javier Rodriguez and Veronica Fish. How have those collaborations gone for all of you? How does their work help you realize your vision for the book?

Dennis Hopeless: Javier was the best thing that has ever happened to me professionally. He and I built SPIDER-WOMAN together—along with our editorial and art team—from the very beginning. The book wouldn’t have been what it is without Javier’s contribution. By the end the scripts were just suggestions and dialogue. It was an incredible collaboration and I was gutted when I found out he was moving, though I love the crap out of [his next project] DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME.

Spider-Woman (2015) #11

Spider-Woman (2015) #11

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So, obviously Veronica had massive shoes to fill coming in, and yet somehow she’s the perfect artist for this next stage of the series. Her character work and acting is top notch. Her comedy always lands. Everyone feels like a real person and the action sings. I don’t know how we keep getting so lucky but I will not complain. This book has been gorgeous and visually story-rich from the beginning and it will continue that way.

Marvel.com: Returning to Jessica and Roger for a moment, how would you describe the state of their partnership now? They’ve clearly grown in trust since the start of the series, how do they view each other now?

Dennis Hopeless: Oh, they are absolutely private eye besties at this point. Jess trusts Roger completely—even though that likely seems insane to her more legit super hero friends—and has handed him a big chunk of her personal and professional responsibilities. This guy might be the best there is at what he does, but there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for Jess and Gerry.

This is the third series I’ve shoehorned Porcupine into. Initially it was simply because I love that costume, but Roger Gocking has wormed his way into my heart. He’s one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written.

Marvel.com: After the beach, in issue #13, the newest storyline “Scare Tactics” begins which sees Spider-Woman facing off with a classic Spider-Man villain in Hobgoblin. What is going on in this story? How has Spider-Woman ended up in a situation where she is facing down ol’ Hobby?

Dennis Hopeless: In a way, this is a Roger story. Porcupine spent a lot of years as a street level costumed villain. He ran in those circles and has history with those people. In issue #13, some of that history pops back up to meet him. It’s a whole big mess and Hobgoblin is right at the center. Jess gets involved and then it becomes a Spider-Woman story.

Marvel.com: What, if any, feelings does she have towards the villain before their conflict starts? And vice versa, how does she view her?

Dennis Hopeless: I’m not sure either of them have many thoughts about one another, beyond general hero/villain disdain. Roger pulls the two of them together in a weird way and they all have lots of loud and elaborate thoughts by the end. But Jess is blindsided by all of this. She doesn’t see any of it coming.

Marvel.com: How does the central conflict of this storyline echo through the rest of the supporting cast?

Dennis Hopeless: There is almost no way to answer that without spoiling major plot points. I’ll just say profoundly!

Spider-Woman (2015) #12

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Marvel.com: Any parent will tell you that a) having kids changes everything and b) despite that, those people very much would like to retain their own identities, to integrate being a parent into being—in the case of Jessica—a super hero and however else she has defined herself in her own personal perspective. How would you describe her feelings on this juggling act now? How does the threat of Hobgoblin upend that?

Dennis Hopeless: The opening sequence of issue #13 is all about Jess’s newfound comfort in that juggling act. She never feels 100% comfortable or in control, but she has hit her stride with it. Each day is a little easier than the last and the oh-god-oh-god-my-life-is-over months are in the rearview. I’d say she’s settling in.

Gerry is never in danger. Baby in peril is a sort of unfair plot device, so we’re avoiding it completely. We made that rule at the very outset and don’t intend to break it. So, Hobgoblin can only really upend one half of Jess’s life. The question is, how does that balancing act change when work gets extremely overwhelming. The answer to that is this arc in a nutshell.

Marvel.com: Now that you have almost a year of the series behind you, how are you feeling about Jessica and the rest of the supporting cast? How has your take on them evolved?

Dennis Hopeless: I actually wrote my first SPIDER-WOMAN script in July of 2014 so I’ve been with Jess for over two years. This is my favorite thing I’ve done at Marvel and might be, in my humble opinion, the best work I’ve ever done. I love this cast. They live in my head all the time and once a month I get to let 20 pages of them out. It’s an absolute joy.

My take on Jess has been pretty consistent, we’ve just put her through hell and watched what happened. She’s obviously in a very different place than she was during Spider-Verse, but the voice in my head still sounds the same. Jess is Jess and always will be.

The others just sort of grew and filled out. Like I mentioned earlier, Roger was more or less just a costume to me when we chose him. Now he’s the most fun character to write. Carol hasn’t changed too much for me, though her relationship with Jess is about to. And Ben Urich is the Ben Urich I read in DAREDEVIL when I was 10. He just sort of says Ben Urich things when necessary.

Marvel.com: Finally, what would you say with readers who are considering jumping on the book with the start of the second year? What is one thing you think that would sell them on the series?

Dennis Hopeless: Everyone working on this book loves the crap out of making it and I think it absolutely shows. Give us a shot. I really think you’ll dig it.

Pick up the latest issue of SPIDER-WOMAN from Dennis Hopeless and Veronica Fish available now!

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Dennis Hopeless discusses the surprising alignment of Jessica Drew!

If you think you know who Jessica Drew will back in the upcoming Civil War II event, think again.

While her BFF, Carol Danvers, seems like a lock to get Spider-Woman’s support, Jessica would rather stay out of the action completely—which brings tensions of its own. With the conflict crossing over into SPIDER-WOMAN #9 this July, Dennis Hopeless shares what to expect from the Marvel Universe’s newest mom during the event.

Marvel.com: Jessica’s obviously been through a whole lot since Secret Wars ended, what with the birth of her son and the most recent adventure with her Spider gal pals, Spider-Gwen and Silk. What’s her state of mind leading into Civil War II?

Dennis Hopeless: Jessica’s life is very full right now and while she’s gotten pretty great at juggling, she’s definitely stretched thin. The last thing she wants to do is add a big bunch of super hero drama. The whole idea of another hero on hero war stresses her out.

Marvel.com:  In regards to Civil War II, it seems like the exact kind of thing Spider-Woman left the Avengers to avoid. What’s her take on the conflict between Iron Man and Captain Marvel? And is there any way she wouldn’t side with her best friend?

Dennis Hopeless: Yes! This is exactly why she quit the Avengers. Jess’s new life is all about working street level and helping normal people. Civil War is the antithesis of that mission statement. Jess wants no part of it. She doesn’t want to pick a side. She doesn’t want to talk about it, and she certainly doesn’t want to argue with anyone. All of this creates some friction between Jess and Carol. Captain Marvel is very much entrenched in the conflict and Spider-Woman is very much not.

Marvel.com: How does being a new mom affect Jessica’s decisions related to Civil War II?

Dennis Hopeless: First and foremost, it sets her priorities waaay over her. She literally doesn’t have time for it. It has also increased her capacity for empathy quite a bit. She can see the humanity on both sides of the conflict. Super heroes aren’t terribly good at compromise and from Jess’s perspective the shades of gray here are obvious. There’s no easy choice, which is probably why she doesn’t want to make one.

Marvel.com: The supporting cast for Spider-Woman took a bit of a sabbatical during the Spider-Women event, but can we expect to see more of them during Civil War II?

Dennis Hopeless: Oh yeah! Ben Urich and Porcupine are all up in this story. Jess and her team spend most of the event working together as PIs. We really dig into that element of Jess’s life and let her process both sides as a detective. Roger and Ben work with Jess, so they play a huge role.

Marvel.com:  One of the fun things about Civil War II is that it allows fans— nd creators—to think about what side they fall on. So, are you Team Iron Man or Team Captain Marvel?

Dennis Hopeless: There’s a reason I’m writing a conscientious objector story. That’s pretty much my stance on war in general, but I also don’t think there is one right side in this conflict. It’s all a matter of perspective. Sitting here in my chair, several universes away, it’s difficult to choose.

SPIDER-WOMAN gets drawn into Civil War II beginning in July!

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Take a look at the artist's work on Jessica Drew as her pregnancy progresses!

Like many of her fellow Marvel Universe denizens, Jessica Drew finds herself with All-New, All-Different set of circumstances after Secret Wars. Sure, she’s still a red, black, and yellow-clad private investigator, but now she’s battling justice for two.

SPIDER-WOMAN comes from the team of Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez who made the decision to make their lead with child. Of course, being a dyed in the wool hero, Jessica continues to do everything she can to help people along with her compatriots Ben Urich and Porcupine.

We talked with Rodriguez about changing Jessica’s hair style, tinkering with Ben and Porcupine, and fully drawing the pregnancy into the action.

Marvel.com: What challenges does Jessica’s pregnancy offer when composing some of the more action oriented scenes?

Javier Rodriguez: Jessica is a well-shaped and fit type of super heroine, so the only inconvenience I’m facing is how to bring her growing belly into the action, naturally. But it is not a great struggle apart from being accurate to the most typical Spider-Woman signature poses. On the other hand, it is a fantastic opportunity to explore a character in a way that is more than the typical pin-up poses that we are used to.

Marvel.com: Aside from the pregnancy-related ones, were there specific ways you wanted to change Jessica’s look post-Secret Wars?

Javier Rodriguez: Well, I changed Jessica’s haircut. Slightly! And you know what? Each time I finish a book I pick up something new, and it helps me develop more about the characters for the next one, what works and what doesn’t. So there are a lot of minimal changes that aren’t visible at first sight. I challenge you to go and find them!

Marvel.com: Porcupine and Ben Urich continue to help Jessica on her adventures. Were you looking to change their visuals for the new series at all?

Javier Rodriguez: It’s interesting, the first time that I drew Porcupine I didn’t know if we would see him again. To avoid nightmares later on the process, I tried to draw each character as visually rich as possible beforehand, but always working along the narrative pace and with what works the best to tell the story right.

Marvel.com: The second issue finds Jessica in an alien hospital. What was the process like for nailing down the look of that place and its various inhabitants?

Javier Rodriguez: The hospital has some kind of organic architecture but a little bit surrealistic, something that gives me room to play on issues #3 and #4, which have plenty of crazy action. Also the aliens: I thought that a colorful alien set would be a funnier experience for the readers and easy to make the story flow as smooth as possible.

Marvel.com: How has your collaborative relationship with Dennis evolved since you started working on this book?

Javier Rodriguez: We talk through e-mails and I know that I ask him so much, but Dennis is not only a brilliant writer, but is he also a charming person and so open to discuss any details. I feel so lucky.

Read SPIDER-WOMAN #1 from Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez now and pick up issue #2 on December 23!

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Expecting something brand new with art by Javier Rodriguez!

Jessica Drew. Private investigator, sometimes Avenger, and… mom to be?! Marvel is pleased to present SPIDER-WOMAN, the new ongoing series from writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Javier Rodriguez!

It’s been eight months since the end of Secret Wars, and Spider-Woman has a whole new responsibility. She’s super heroing for two now! Ben Urich and Porcupine are still along for the ride but they aren’t making Jess’ life any easier. Half the time they won’t even let her leave the car! How’s a girl supposed to save innocent lives and keep herself out of harm’s way? Find out in the mother of all Spider-Stories this November in the all-new SPIDER-WOMAN #1!

SPIDER-WOMAN #1 (SEP150672)
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art & Cover by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
Variant Cover by SIYA OUM (SEP150673)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP150674)
Hip-Hop Variant by NATACHA BUSTOS (SEP150676)
Cosplay Variant by YASHUNTAFUN COSPLAY (SEP150675)
On-Sale – 11/18/15

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Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez swing back into action with a very pregnant Jessica Drew!

Parenting: one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Then again, being a super hero private investigator offers plenty of challenges as well. What happens when you’re both? That’s what Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez will explore in the November-launching SPIDER-WOMAN ongoing series that finds the title character “very pregnant.”

Hopeless kicked off the last SPIDER-WOMAN series with Greg Land for four installments of Spider-Verse goodness before Rodriguez hopped on with the fifth issue. When the duo joined forces, they not only brought in a new costume, but also a fresh status quo as Drew became a private investigator backed up by Ben Urich and reformed super villain Porcupine.

Coming out of Secret Wars, Jessica now has a bun in the oven, but she insists that it will not slow her down, even though Urich and Porcupine do their best to keep her out of danger.

Hopeless and Rodriguez talk about Spider-Woman’s new role as mother, her supporting cast’s attempts to help and the father’s identity.

Marvel.com: You two are no strangers to this character and her world. How is it getting back to work chronicling Jessica’s adventures?

Dennis Hopeless: Fortunately, we never really stopped. I went straight from scripting issue #10 to plotting the new #1. SPIDER-WOMAN is an absolute joy to write and Jess’ post-Secret Wars story is my favorite yet. I’ve never had more fun making comics and I’m super proud to be a part of this team.

Javier Rodriguez: I can’t believe that we’re working on a title like this; so proud to be part of this perfect team. How Dennis builds and leads characters is a pleasure for any artist. I love stories focused on character development, [so] this is a dream. I’m happy!

Marvel.com: Like most of the Marvel Universe, Jessica is coming out of Secret Wars a bit of a different person. We’ll get to the pregnancy in a second, but how has she changed since the reality warping event?

Dennis Hopeless: I dunno. She’s pretty much the same person apart from the pregnancy.

When we catch up with Jess and her team, they’re right in the middle of their next case. The way they work these new cases has changed a bit. But this is very much the second season of street level Spider-Woman. The big new development is definitely Jess’ pending motherhood.

Spider-Woman (2015) #1 cover by Javier Rodriguez

Spider-Woman (2015) #1 cover by Javier Rodriguez

Marvel.com: Is the father’s identity being kept as a secret for now?

Dennis Hopeless: I wouldn’t call it a secret, but yeah, the baby’s father doesn’t play into the first arc at all. Jess could tell us if she wanted to. She just doesn’t want to.

Marvel.com: Okay, on to the pregnancy; that’s a big deal for anyone, but adds several new wrinkles into a super hero’s life. How is Jessica balancing motherhood and heroics?

Dennis Hopeless: Jess is very pregnant in issue #1. She obviously has to be a lot more careful about putting herself in harm’s way. This isn’t a notion Jess is very familiar with. She normally throws herself head first into dangerous situation, expecting to badass her way through. She can’t do that right now and it’s infuriating. That struggle is a big part of our first arc. How do you save the world without endangering your unborn child?

Marvel.com: How does all this change the dynamic between Jessica, Ben, and Porcupine?

Dennis Hopeless: She has to lean on Ben and Porcupine a bit more. Roger has to take more of the punches for a while. Jess has to take a slightly less active role. These three have had eight more months to gel since we saw them last. They still butt heads from time to time but this is a team.

Marvel.com: Jessica had a big costume change last year. Is she still rocking the same duds in a modified form?

Dennis Hopeless: If by “modified form” you mean she wears the jacket open now, then yes. As we all saw in Secret Wars, Jess still has her old costume. She might even wear it sometimes when the world is about to end. But her primary day to day costume is still the jacket and boots.

SPIDER-WOMAN #1 will be delivered to fans in November, but you can monitor the progress of All-New, All-Different Marvel here on Marvel.com and via our social media channels!

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