The Gritty Spiderwoman Motion Comics.

After the release of the Watchmen motion comic, it’s very trendy to produce more motion comics. Essentially, they are the most faithful forms of the comics translated to the multimedia form with action and voices. The pages should, literally, pop out to your face. I’ve heard the Watchmen motion comics are atrocious as the voices were terrible and uneven, but Marvel Comics’ Spiderwoman should fare better. And with 5 ten-minute long episodes, writer Brian Michael Bendis is successful with his execution of entertainment.

The plot is fairly simple. Jessica Drew, the first Spiderwoman, is the most hated woman in the Marvel Universe. The shape-shifting Skrulls’ queen used her face as the instigator of the alien invasion. Now she is deeply depressed, but lands a job as an agent of S.W.O.R.D. by Abigail Brand. Her first mission is to kill a hiding skrull in the seedy Madripoor, but has to deal with prison, Madame Hydra, Norman Osborn’s Thunderbolts, and more shape-shifting skrulls. There’s a special appearance from her teammates, the New Avengers, but she ultimately comes to term with her identity and takes the offer as the sole agent of S.W.O.R.D.

What’s most impressing is artist Alex Maleev’s moody and gritty artwork as it blends the voice acting and special effects. My only irritations are Spiderwoman’s characterization as suicidal and worse than Wolverine while the panels simply shift with minimal movement. These are minor issues as her characterization improves while the moving art becomes very bearable. The Spiderwoman motion comic is looking pretty good and entertaining, but I’m excited to see the X-Men motion comic, as it looks superior and badass.

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