Marvel Comics has revealed a new costume for Spider-Woman, which will debut today in Gameloft’s latest update of the Spider-Verse mobile video game for iOS, Android, and Windows.
The suit, designed by Marvel artist Kris Anka, will then make its way into Jessica Drew's comic adventures with March 2015’s "Spider-Woman #5." As the image shows, the new costume will ditch the spandex that defined Jessica Drew’s superhero look since the 1970’s. The redesign will favor a more functional, street-wise look with goggles, leather leggings, and a leather jacket.
"As much as I'm a fan of spandex and it has its time and place, I felt Jess as a character could move away from that for a good long while," Spider-Woman editor Nick Lowe told USA Today, who broke the news.
Spider-Woman's street-savvy appearance will complement the series' new direction in March, when the Spider-Woman welcomes in new artist Javier Rodriguez and positions itself out of the multiverse-hopping Spider-Verse crossover. In the series shift, Jessica Drew will direct her attention to more street-level mysteries and crimes, with Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich joining as a regular cast-member.
"Spider-Man isn't really a detective — he swings around looking for trouble, whereas Jess needs to go and figure stuff out and dig things up, and you can't really do that head to toe in spandex very well," Lowe further explained." To operate on the level she wants to, she needs something that can pass for semi-normal and she can turn it on to crazy if she needs to."