It’s a limited edition variant that is aimed at collectors. While we would not have published this as the main cover to the book, we were comfortable publishing this as a variant that represented one artist’s vision of the character — a world-renowned artist whose oeuvre is well-known to us, and to collectors. It is not the official cover for the issue. It is a collector’s item that is set aside or special ordered by completists — and it doesn’t reflect the sensibility or tone of the series any more than the Skottie Young variant or Rocket and Groot Spider-Woman variants. If you open up the book, you’ll see that this series has everything in common with recent launches we’ve done, like Black Widow and Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk and Captain Marvel. It’s about the adventures of two women that have complete agency over their lives, and that are defined by what they do, not how they look.
Milo Manara is a world-renowned artist? Really? This is what it says about him on Wikipedia:
Maurilio Manara, known professionally as Milo Manara, is an Italian comic book writer and artist, best known for his erotic approach to the medium.
Marvel Comics should have more respect for its own intellectual property then to hire a man best known for his erotic approach to illustrate a cover of one of its few female superheroes, even a variant cover. Some might say Spider-Woman looks erotic, I say she looks like a baboon in heat waiting to be mounted by the alpha male of the troop.
That’s what a group of baboons is called, a troop. I had to look it up. That’s what Marvel Comics has done by commissioning a sexist and misogynistic cover for Spider-Woman #1, they’ve forced me to look up the mating habits of baboons, something I normally don’t do.
At least not on purpose.
And will this cover really only show up on variant copies of Spider-Woman #1? I don’t buy single comic books anymore, but I occasionally do buy collected editions, normally on Amazon. These books normally always contain all the variant covers of the monthlies, found usually at the back of the book.
I’d be surprised if the collected edition of this volume of Spider-Woman doesn’t include this awful variant cover.