Cult Comic Essentials

Cult Comic Essentials: The Amazing Spider Girl – Vol. 1

In the comic book world taking big steps forward can be a scary for any publisher. It is all about the illusion of change whilst peddling the same thing to the masses each month. The Amazing Spider Girl almost changed that. Almost… as it was set in the MC2 continuity (a future/alternate universe continuity).

The Amazing Spider Girl follows the adventures of May “Mayday” Parker – the daughter of Peter and Mary Jane Parker who was named after Aunt May. The Parker’s are reunited with Baby May by Kaine, who found the child living with Alison Mongraine, the con artist who had kidnapped the baby on instruction from the Green Goblin.

Following the Parker’s reuniting, Peter loses a leg during a horrific final battle with the Green Goblin. After the battle Peter was offered a bionic replacement from Mister Fantastic but instead decides to retire and focus on being a husband and father.

The Parker’s raise May in the dark of her father’s secret identity whilst fearing that one day she might display powers of her own, which she does at the age of 15 years old.

At the same time May begins to develop her powers, Normie Osborn, grandson of the original Green Goblin, set out to restore the family name. May donned Ben Reilly’s Spider-Man costume to stop him and soon took to crime-fighting, at first hindered, then helped, by her worried parents.

From her early days Spider-Girl quickly developed a reputation for avoiding unnecessary battles with anyone and reforming her former adversaries, like Normie Osborn and Raptor. The superhero community are equally impressed with her  gaining reserve status in the Avengers and allies in the New Warriors and Fantastic Five almost instantly.

As The Amazing Spider Girl – Vol. 1 unfolds, May promises to give up costumed super heroics, dates Eugene Thompson, and runs for student council. When Mary Jane becomes aware that the Hobgoblin poses a threat to her daughter’s teenage friends, she allows May to resume her activities as Spider-Girl (a situation they wanted to keep secret from Peter). After a battle with the Hobgoblin, May tells her father the truth, and after a conversation with Mary Jane, they allowed May to resume her Spider-Girl identity and keep the city safe…

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