CBR:In the pages of “New Avengers” it was hinted that Spider-Woman had been replaced by a Skrull, and here her attack on Echo confirms it.
BENDIS:There are quite a few people on my message boards and the CBR ones who are gigantic Spider-Woman fans and they’ve loved me for bringing her back. With her being in a number one book, she’s had a wave of good fortune that she hasn’t seen since her heyday. And the whole time I was writing her I’d think those fans are going to ####ing lose their shit because we’ve had this planned since “New Avengers” #1. You can go back to issue #1 and see hints. There’s not a segment of the readership that I haven’t felt worse about doing this to than the Spider-Woman fans. I want to express publicly that your love of the character will not be lost.
Now you know why the “Spider-Woman” series didn’t happen. We thought about doing it and having her revealed as a Skrull in the first issue of her series. Last year, we we’re going to do the series and at the end of the issue she’d do something wrong, go off somewhere private and revert to Skrull form. It would be like, “Woah! The lead character of the book isn’t who she thought she was!” I wrote it, but in the end I just thought it wasn’t selling somebody what they thought you were selling them. But if you did it as part of a team book it’s much less bullshitty. You expect things to happen in a team book but if you’re buying “Spider-Woman,” you want Spider-Woman.
Oh well, it was good to at least see her (or having the illusion that it was her)in some cool action scenes and a bunch of nicely-written modern books.
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