Spider-Girl swings into action

A new comic series has just hit the stands starring a female version of Spider-Man. Spider-Girl – aka Anya Corazon – is a 16-year-old high-school student of Latino descent who lives in New York. Marvel Comics, say she provides a positive, modern image of an empowered young woman.

Unlike most superheroes, she has no superpowers, but she is trained in martial arts and has excellent fighting skills. Marvel hope the comic will appeal to the growing number of young female comic book readers.

“People want to read stories with characters they relate to,” says Spider-Girl editor Tom Brennan. “We certainly hope that young women will pick this up and enjoy it.”

Spider-Girl wears a skin-tight black outfit with a large pale blue spider emblazed across her front, and is very toned and strong. Writer Paul Tobin told the BBC that it was important to him not to portray her in a “sexualised” way, or as a “trophy” girl.

There is “definitely space in the market for a strong well-written female character”, says Martin Averre who runs four comic book shops across the UK. “Many comics still unfortunately draw women with incredibly large breasts. If they get knocked over they fall in a different way to men,” he told the BBC.

Spider-Girl’s father is an investigative reporter and she, like Spider-Man, has a strong sense of justice. She lacks Spider-Man’s signature ability to cling to all sorts of surfaces with a special web, but she is not short on action says her creator.

“She’s a trained fighter, she can swing through the streets of New York the way Spider-Man does,” says Mr Tobin. She is not a relative of Spider-Man and they are not, he stresses, boyfriend and girlfriend. As the storyline develops the two characters will sometimes work together on missions, with Spider-Man playing something of a mentor role.

Spider-Girl has just gone on sale in the US, and will be available in the UK from 18 November.

Source: BBC.com

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