I've never read a Spider-Woman comic book. So before you yell at me and say I have no clue what I'm talking about, I know. I really don't when it comes to her character. But what I do know is what it takes to be a parent. Balancing a career, hobbies and the needs of three children are no small task.
Remember when Spider-Woman was depicted in a ‘painted on’ costume with her ass high in the air? It's art, so I won't bash it. I think there's a place for all kinds of art no matter how a character is portrayed. Milo Manara's artwork is stunning for what he does. But it upset some people and garnered a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons.
Regardless of the pornographic, neck breaking nature of the pose. Even Reed Richards would be impressed!
It's ironic that now, after a pose that had her showing off her wares, Spider-Woman finds herself pregnant post-Secret Wars. Her promotional cover shows off her baby bump as she appears to be deep into the third trimester.
That being said, as a father, I'm drawn to heroes who have children. Many heroes forgo a family life so they can continue to go about saving people without any attachments. It's a far more intriguing story when children are involved.
One of my favorite characters when I first got into comic books was NOMAD (Jack Monroe). Traveling around being hunted by the government, yet feeling compelled to help people wherever he went, NOMAD was a great concept to begin with. When he rescued a baby girl from a drug addict, his story became 100x more interesting. Here's this guy, trying to save people while raising a baby girl on his own. Without the ability to settle down because he's on the run! Having an affiliation with Captain America (as a former Bucky), Jack named the girl 'Bucky' of course!
NOMAD lasted 25 issues and it was one of my favorite runs for a character.
The introduction of Lian into Roy's life made his character complete and enjoyable to read. It was a character arc that featured someone grow as a person and go from selfish to selfless. He's one of my favorite characters because of it.
Now, without any formal introduction to her, I have become interested in reading Spider-Woman's story. She will balance motherhood with heroing. Some will criticize Marvel for putting a man (Dennis Hopeless) in charge of telling a story of a mommy superhero, but that's a blog post for another day. Regardless of who is writing it, we have another hero in comics who will continue to fight for what's right while raising a child.
We don't know yet if a father will be in the picture to watch the baby while she’s off saving people. If there is no father, what led to her being single and pregnant? One-night stand? Failed relationship? Who will watch baby when she dons her costume?
Adding a child to her life will certainly create some new stories with interesting twists as she seeks to find the right balance between motherhood and being a hero. What dangers and risks will she be willing to take knowing that a child awaits her return? The more I think on it, the more I'm considering giving it an early commit to my pull-list.
There is something about the parent/hero that has me reaching for my wallet.
From a meta point of view, when explaining the Manara portrait, maybe she tells her child that she was young and needed the money? I'd love to be a spider on the wall for that conversation!
|The more I think on it, the more I'm considering giving it an early commit to my pull-list.|