Thursday, June 15, 2023

Marvel Legends - JESSICA DREW!

Spider-Man Legends: Across the Spider-Verse - Jessica Drew - Hasbro 2023

I saw a Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse on its final day of IMAX last Wednesday. This movie season has been tight with a new blockbuster every week keeping the IMAX schedule short. Anyway, a friend offered me a last minute ticket and I jumped at the chance. I liked everything about it, but one of my favorite things was the reimagining of Jessica Drew. I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to my female super-heroes, so I'm surprised I liked her so much. Not much is different from the 2015-2016 comic Jessica Drew aside from her race and personality. That version of Jessica was pregnant, wore a utilitarian suit with yellow googles, and rode a motorcycle. So the distinguishing characteristic in the movie version was mainly her race. I may be the only person with this idea, but my first thought was that she was a subtle nod to Valerie from the Electric Company Super Spidey Stories. Of course my second thought was that I would never think that if there was more diversity in the Spider world.

But she was a great addition to the wacky assemblage of characters in this movie. She was kind of no-nonsense and serious, but gave some looks that let you know she was conflicted about the role she was playing in Miguel's group. I don't often think of motorcycles (or any vehicles) when I think of spider-characters, but she somehow made it work and I didn't question it for a second. It didn't hurt that Gwen was in awe of her -- and that excitement was contagious. Plus Issa Rae is amazing. Let's check out Jessica Drew below!

This figure is very cool and very unique. My only gripe is that her hair and belly are solid plastic and therefore her center of balance is uneven. She's hard ot stand upright.

Jessica comes with two sets of hands.

Here are some images of the comic Jessica Drew circa Late 2015-Early 2016. This is when she was pregnant, wore goggles, and rode a motorcycle (although I'm pretty sure she ditched the motorcycle when she got pregnant... I just bought the collected TPB this week so I'll confirm shortly).

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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