Bottoms up: New Spider Woman riles politically correct with overt derrière


“It is a prime example of why people continue to think superhero comics are for horny men only…”

Only in the fantasy world of comic books could the impossibly sexy seem possible. Yet even when it comes to a bit of escapism, there’s always the proverbial Captain Buzzkill to bring that to a screeching halt. As reported by The Guardian (of London, England) and the news portal, both on Aug. 21, 2014, the first released image of the upcoming cover of the Spider-Woman comic book depicts the femme web-slinger in a hyper-sexualized pose that leaves little to the imagination.

With the comic book effete preferring the pulp publications be referred to as graphic novels, the latest incarnation of Spider-Woman (aka: Jessica Drew) displays the definitive derrière, much to the consternation of the politically correct that reside in the Comic-Con world of fantasy. And the evil doer at the core of the problem is Italian “erotic illustrator” Milo Manara whom many take offense to what they consider unnecessary über-sexualization simply for the sake of unnecessary über-sexualization.

Possibly the result of a Grand Plié Elvis Squat regime that would kill mere mortals, Spidey-ette is depicted sporting a set of gluteus maximus muscles that very well should be capable of cracking walnuts. The very sexual rendition of the new Spider Woman is drawn by Manara with her head and torso low, whilst her posterior is depicted high as a Georgia pine.

As if the overtly sexual pose wasn’t enough to infuriate comic book purists, the new and improved Spider Woman is depicted with an equally impossible zero percent body fat percentage. As angrily explained by the science fiction website io9, “If you’re wondering what the hell Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman is doing, I believe it’s what’s known in the animal kingdom as ‘presenting.'”

Other than the hopelessly attainable perfect body, Manara also sees his version of Spider Woman clad in a fabric not found in nature. With the heroine clad in an outfit as thin as the cutting edge of a razor, more than a few of the Italian illustrator’s critics have sarcastically and rhetorically ask if her costume was painted on. As Rob Briken opined on io9, presumably with a straight face: “First of all, even the dumbest, horniest teenage boy on the planet knows there’s no fabric on this earth that could possibly cling to Jessica Drew’s individual buttocks like that. She looks like she’s wearing body-paint…”

Yet the harshest criticism may have come from Laura Sneddon of the vowel challenged comic book blog, “women do love superhero comics, and we even love a bit of cheesecake here and there.” Sneddon added, “but this cover and the lack of thinking behind it is a prime example of why people continue to think superhero comics are for horny men only.”