Shout! Factory continues its line of Marvel Animation DVDs with the upcoming Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.
This story, by Brian Michael Bendis (writer) and Alex Maleev (artist), started as a motion comic before being published, which is a reversal of the usual order. That suggests (one hopes) that this product should work well animated.
Spider-Woman is reintroduced through a plot that involves her joining a mysterious espionage organization to gain vengeance on the Skrulls, who had previously kidnapped and replaced her. To attract the Marvel fan, guest appearances are promised by better-known heroes: Spider-Man, the Avengers, Wolverine, Black Widow, Captain America, and Ms. Marvel. (Well, that last isn’t all that well-known, but I wanted to keep all the women possible in the list.)
The DVD is due out June 14, list-priced at $14.97, with bonus features that include a visual history of Spider-Woman, a music video, and trailers. That’s a much-reduced list from some of the earlier releases, but maybe they’ve discovered that they aren’t a draw for this format. The customers for these comic/animation hybrids likely buy with or without any extras. (Especially with that more-than-skin-tight costume cover. A visible navel, really? How adhesive is that spandex? Why couldn’t she put the thick layer of whatever’s holding in her nipples over her stomach as well?)
I’m surprised, given how much Marvel promoted this Spider-Woman series as its entree into the motion comic field, and how it was an iTunes best-seller and all that, that this wasn’t put on DVD earlier, since it was originally released online in 2009. I’m guessing that the B-level (C-level) starring character was the factor there, since earlier releases were the much-better known X-Men and Iron Man plus the fan-favorite Black Panther.