"Spider-Woman" (Marvel, 2009) By Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
After 2006's wel-recieved "Spider-Woman: Origin" by Brian Michael Bendis and the Luna Brothers, fans were promised an ongoing series starring Jessica Drew. Fans waited and waited, and finally, in 2009, Bendis and his frequent collaborator Alex Maleev premiered Drew's monthly series, a noir espionage story that saw Spider-Woman become an agent of S.W.O.R.D., Marvel's spacefaring spy agency. It was a riveting series, filled with alien espionage and super-human spy stories, and it proved to be a great direction for Jessica Drew, a character fans waited ages to see in her own book. Bendis and Maleev had just given fans an appetizer of how cool this premise was, and then it was gone. After fans waited three years for Bendis to explore one of his favorite characters, the series was canceled seven issues in due to Maleev burning out on it, having been producing the series not only for print, but as a motion comic at the same time. While understandable, it was a darn shame because "Spider-Woman" was one of those books which really stood out from the rest. Bendis did utilize Jessica to the fullest in the pages of his "Avengers," but such a rich character deserves her own spotlight for more than a handful of issues.