I'm with team Mayday, the one true Spider-Girl. I have nothing against Arana except the fact that Marvel just cancelled the real Spider-Girl who has gathered 12 years worth of history not to mention a lot of loyal and passionate fans just so they could steal the name and slap it on Arana to try and sell her new series. Let Arana sink or swim on her own merits don't steal from the hard work of DeFalco and his team who have built up the name of Spider-Girl into a valuable commodity.
This issue was originally listed on Marvel Digital Comics as Spectacular Spider-Girl #12 and was therefore listed within that series here but has since been changed by MDC to be listed as issue #1 of a second volume of Spectacular Spider-Girl to conincide with the limited print series. The information from this issue should be merged with this issue and then remove the one listed as #12 in the first volume. Hope that makes any sense.
@E.I.S.A.M.: Don't forget Spider-Girl was recently nearly beaten to death by Tombstone in a brutal fight and was taken to have her body to be dumped in the woods and appeared to be dead even to the readers for an issue or more. Mayhem retaliated by murdering Tombstone, suffocating him to death. May has also had to deal with the consequences of her enemy Crazy Eight being gunned down while avoiding the attack of another villian, racism, domestic violence, etc. No these plot points aren't a constant aspect of the series but it's also not afraid to go to some darker and grittier places when the story telling warrents it. I think a lot of today's titles use dark and gritty as a crutch to get through some shotty story telling, I agree when a writer can use it seamlessly as an extension of a story it works with it can be great but there is also a place for the story telling that goes on in Spider-Girl which is often great inspite of not using the cheap shock value methods.
Marvel certainly hasn't done the writing team any favors by creating a limited series out of the last few issues of a story arc that has already been going on for 12 issues in the Digital format and as part of Spider-Man Family and Web of Spider-Man. The parts where they are trying to explain things for new readers was a drag on the story for those that have been reading all along and at the same time it couldn't possibly have cleared up everything for new readers just jumping in. I expect #2 to be a much smoother flowing story that'll show why the title has stuck around the last 12 years or so.
The Wes Collins page should just be Wes Westin. Someone in hindsight put Wes Westin as the alias but it should be the main name for the character and Collins has never appeared anywhere other than here, not sure where it came from.
Ok I wrote a somewhat in-depth summary for Spectacular Spider-Girl #1 (yes say what you will, this is the series I'm passionate about) and it was approved by the mods. Today I went in and decided to add some images of key panels from the issue into the summary to give it a little more substance. I need to know if I am actually adding too much info to the page and getting into any kind of sticky copyright type issues. I don't want to cause any problems or continue this kind of work on more pages just to have it deleted down the line. If any mods could give it a quick once over and give me a thumbs up or down I'd appreciate it.