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Spider-Woman (Finally) Gets a New Costume

After 37 years, Jessica Drew is getting ready for a new look.

Spider-Woman first appeared in 1977's MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #32. Since then, Jessica Drew has pretty much had the same costume. Thirty-seven years really isn't a long time to have the same costume. Characters develop classic looks and you simply embrace them. But Spider-Woman's costume isn't necessarily a favorite among everyone. There's been the occasional arguments against the design of the costume and what it appears to be implying.

That being said, Spider-Woman is getting a new look. Unveiled at USA Today as part of an announcement the character and new costume will debut the Spider-Man Unlimited mobile game, we get to see what Jessica will be wearing in the new year.

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"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.

It's sometimes hard to accept a character changing their iconic look but editor Nick Lowe has a good point. Spider-Woman has moved beyond being a simple superhero. She hasn't been one for some time. When you look at her in comics such as SECRET AVENGERS, while the art looks great, she still seems a little out of place in her traditional outfit.

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The new costume will appear in her regular series. USA Today reports that beginning with SPIDER-WOMAN #5 (drawn by Javier Rodriguez), Jessica will focus more on street-level threats in New York City. Ben Urich will play a bigger role in the series as well. With Jessica spending more time on the 'street-level,' it makes sense for her to have a costume that appears more...normal.

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The costume was designed by Kris Anka. To check out more of the new costume, look for Spider-Woman in the Spider-Man Unlimited game.

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Let us know what you think of Spider-Woman's new look.

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Here's one more pic so you can see how the glasses and web wings work.

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I can dig it. Another reason why they should have held off on the Spider-Woman series until after Spider-Verse.

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I like it

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Looks pretty cool. That spiderweb under her arms looks a bit corny/weird, but I like it overall. That first cover is awesome.

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I really love this new look ! But I still love the old costume too!

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Lame. Looks too much like everyday clothes. The classic look is better.

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I assume at this point they just keep adding those weird spider-arm things because if it wasn't there it would just look like a long sleeved shirt.

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Simply put,

I LIKE IT

and most definitely

IT'S ABOUT TIME

although, I still do like the old costume

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its fitting for the character

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Since when is Jessica Drew Batgirl?

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Thank god.......

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@mr__kamikaze: Which is kind of why I'm the one guy who dislikes it. It's so bland. I prefer her classic costume personally. A better redesign of it I found would be this:

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Looks nice

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I like the outfit, but I already miss the traditional head mask :(

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I get that the old costume was over sexualised, but it was iconic and striking. This is what? A jacket and a pair of glasses? Kinda dull.

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finally... now i think Nightcrawler should be next for a make over

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I can't help but think they're cashing in on the Batgirl redesign. I'm not sure it fits her character but I'll wait until I see more pics until I give an opinion.

Just noticed the lack of boob size. I don't care she lost her bust but I thought it was funny they thought it necessary to make the effort to change.

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Honestly I've always liked Jessicas costume. That said, this new redesign is enough in its same vein for it to not be a jarring change that I know 90% of us would, at first glance, be at odds with. I really like the secret agent emphasis. And it's designed by Anka?? Winner, winner, chicken dinner. The man has some serious talent.

I really enjoy that costumes are moving away from just being flashy suits and moving in the direction of being utility outfits for the characters respective abilities/ talents. That said, however, if they change Spider-Mans costume I'll lead the riot.

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@garyjmatthews: Kind of what I was thinking too. This look's pretty dull, and feels too much like everyday clothes, which I hate on superheroes. I also didn't mind the sexy factor of the classic costume either.

finally... now i think Nightcrawler should be next for a make over

I hope not. Nightcrawler's black and red costume is one of my favorites. Besides, he's already had a few redesigns here and there.

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I'm in. Both on the direction of the book, and the outfit design. Love me some Anka. Now if they would boot Land off the book I would buy it.

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Words cannot express how much I like comic book characters getting practical updates to their costumes.

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"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.

Something about this quote just bugs me. Maybe I'm reading to much into this but would he be saying that if the character was male? How does it suddenly not work?

finally... now i think Nightcrawler should be next for a make over

I really hope so.

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If fits in with the whole spy look

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It's ok, I prefer the old one but this is alright.

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Cool

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I believe I like it but I need to see more pics in better art styles.

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ok i guess

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@dernman said:

"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.

Something about this quote just bugs me. Maybe I'm reading to much into this but would he be saying that if the character was male? How does it suddenly not work?

I have never been a fan of spandex for characters. I think it is simply the by-product of comic books coming out so long ago, and superman being modeled after the "strongmen" of the circus shows.

Now, unfortunately, people seem to be afraid to move away from it...mostly because of the fans.

Just look at all the people who never wanted Superman to lose his red underwear in the movies. Seriously...red underwear...and these fans couldn't go without it. That's absurd to me.

Spandex are also highly impractical for combat use.

I say this for both female and male characters.

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Batgirl did it better. How does this even hide her identity?

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This is good.

Now please change Angela costume. It is too 1990's Image Comics

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Wait...what if Marvel do this because Jessica Drew will appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe

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I love it. I love it a lot.

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Really don't like the new costume. Anyone else see a lot of Batgirl (whose costume I like) influence here?

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@patera_all: what if Marvel do this because Jessica Drew will appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe

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@vitality said:

@dernman said:

"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.

Something about this quote just bugs me. Maybe I'm reading to much into this but would he be saying that if the character was male? How does it suddenly not work?

I have never been a fan of spandex for characters. I think it is simply the by-product of comic books coming out so long ago, and superman being modeled after the "strongmen" of the circus shows.

Just look at all the people who never wanted Superman to lose his red underwear in the movies. Seriously...red underwear...and these fans couldn't go without it. That's absurd to me.

Spandex are also highly impractical for combat use.

I say this for both female and male characters.

I never saw it as our version of spandex as we know it. I saw it as other material with the same name. Most people I know think the same. I don't believe that is the motive anyway.

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@boynerdgeek: makes sense, and I'd probably like it more on the screen than the page.

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@dernman: I think Marvel do this because Jessica Drew will appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe

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I like it.

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As long as Greg Land's not drawing it, it looks astounding. It's got a spy feel to it but I'll miss the cartoon appeal that old costume had.

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I need to see more before I can judge it fairly. What I'm really not liking is the glasses. Why go from a mask to glasses?

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batgirl... I prefer the old costume.

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" USA Today reports that beginning with SPIDER-WOMAN #5 (drawn by Javier Rodriguez)". This is the most important news, I might actually buy this!

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@tattacus: Masks mess up your hair.

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@boynerdgeek said:

@dernman: I think Marvel do this because Jessica Drew will appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe

Maybe I don't know what pet peeve the hit worse with me. The "synergy" one or the one I was getting from the vibe of his response. I'm just glad it's not ugly from what I've seen of it.

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I hate it. It seems too much like Tom Welling's getup mid-tenth season on Smallville.

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@tattacus: well...I think Marvel will use Jessica Drew in Agents of SHIELD. Judge by the costume, it totally fits with Marvel Cinematic Universe

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The costume looks alike Mockingbird modern costume.

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The main reason why classic superhero outfits looked unique is because nobody wears full body spandex with underwear on the outside. It's time for more classic character designs to be updated to something modern. I like the new design because it looks like something someone would actually wear in a pseudo-realistic world.

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@g_man said:

@tattacus: Masks mess up your hair.

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Lol while it may be true for some. Spider-Woman had the hole in the top so her hair stayed the same as when she wasn't in costume.

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@lurkero: meh...Marvel only do this because they probably will use Jessica Drew in Marvel Cinematic Universe. I'm not surprise if they change Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch costume in comics. In fact looks like Quicksilver is now wear glass in the comics