The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Spider-Woman’s Dead and Forgotten?!?
Every Saturday, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.
Today, based on a suggestion by reader Justin B., we look at the death and life of Spider-Woman!
Spider-Woman #50 marked the end of her series, and scripter Ann Nocenti and editor Mark Gruenwald ended the book on a somber note, where Spider-Woman encounters an old sorcerer friend who is actually a ghost and he convinces her to join him (in astral form) to help him defeat Morgan Le Fey. They succeed, but in the process, Jessica loses her mortal body.
So now dead, she decides to make everyone forget she ever existed…
Weird ending, huh?
So soon afterwards, in the Avengers (also edited by Gruenwald), Roger Stern (with consultation by Nocenti) do a complete 180 on the ending of Spider-Woman #50. Here it is in Avengers #240…
In the next issue, Jessica Drew is back to life (although temporarily without powers) and sent off to comic book limbo (Chris Claremont picked her up a few years later in Wolverine).
This is a bit different than a normal Abandoned storyline since Nocenti was involved in the change, which I typically don’t count, but I think it is fair to say that her involvement was more support for the story than anything else.