Ever since her debut in 1977, Jessica Drew’s superhero costume has looked pretty much the same, despite a few tweaks over the decades: a tight red unitard with yellow accents and big webs stretching from arms to legs. But Spider-Woman’s got an all-new look coming soon and it’s radically different.
The new Spider-Woman costume got a splashy announcement in USA Today this morning, with series editor Nick Lowe calling the more real-world look clothes to kick arse in. The change in togs also seems to herald a return to the character’s one-time career as a private detective.
The last time Spider-Woman was in the headlines came after a controversial Milo Manara cover that many thought was way too hypersexualized. In the USA Today article, Lowe says plans to change Spider-Woman’s gear were underway long before the firestorm blew up around the Manara cover. Still, the new look is reminiscent of Batgirl’s recent costume change and both of those updates have the long-established characters donning outfits that make them grounded and down-to-earth.
The new Spider-Woman costume will make its debut in an upcoming update to the Spider-Man Unlimited mobile game. You find out more about the reasoning behind the new costume, along with comments about what’s next for the Spider-Woman series in USA Today.