Spider-Man’s Ex-Girlfriends Head To Limbo In Marvel’s Mary Jane & Black Cat #1

As Marvel’s Dark Web crossover event begins, Mary Jane Watson and Felicia Hardy are unlikely partners in an all-new Jed MacKay adventure.

  • Mary Jane and black cat #1

    Mary Jane and black cat #1

    Jed MacKay

    Vincenzo Carratu

    Ariana Maher of the VC

    Cover artist:
    J. Scott Campbell



    Release date:

    Brian Reber

Reunited after their first team-up comic earlier this year, Peter Parker’s on/off love interests join forces once again in Mary Jane and black cat #1. Written by faithful Black cat writer Jed MacKay, with art by Vincenzo CarratĂș, color by Brian Reber, and lettering by VC’s Ariana Maher, the Dark Web event kicked off with a demonic army wreaking havoc in New York City. Also included as a small complementary Christmas gift is the short bonus comic “The Mask of Doctor Doom”, created by MacKay and artist Michael Dowling.

Mary Jane and black cat #1 opens as the demons of Limbo, under the sway of Madelyne Pryor and Ben Reilly, attack New York. Black Cat travels the city to check on Mary-Jane Watson and her family, but interdimensional destabilization drags the two women into limbo, where Mary Jane and Felicia must fight for their lives and plan a daring heist.

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MacKay is quickly becoming the ultimate Black cat author at Marvel, taking care of everything Black cat stories since rebooting its solo line in 2019. Mary Jane and black cat #1 definitely resonates with the same devilishly happy tone that fans appreciate. There are good reminders of Black Cat’s ties to Tony Stark and his ever-messy entanglement with Spider-Man. Although Peter Parker is the foundation of MJ and Felicia’s relationship, it’s refreshing to see the two women interact without the web-slinger. This unfettered dynamic between MJ and Black Cat makes the comic stand out. Loaded with tension, teasing and genuine affection – the compelling bond that develops between these unlikely friends carries the explanatory aspects of the comic. Bonus comic “The Mask of Doctor Doom” is a tumultuous journey through one of Black Cat’s signature bluffs. The short, fast-paced story is a funny, incisive, and charming portrayal of his character.

CarratĂș’s art is clear and distinctive throughout Mary Jane and black cat #1. But it mostly focuses on the anatomy of the protagonists, which can sometimes make the comic feel a bit generic and underdeveloped in terms of background art and style. Dowling’s work in the bonus comic demonstrates that doesn’t always have to be the case when it comes to portraying the bombshell women of the Spider-verse, marrying slick, stylized visuals with character design full of personality. Reber’s colors are relatively flat throughout the main comic, but add to the dynamic action scenes. His most impressive work in this issue is in the bonus story, perhaps because the subject matter is arguably more “out there” than the lead story. Maher’s letters do an excellent job of reinforcing the spirit and humor of Mary Jane and black cat #1, using emboldening and italics to add cadence and emphasis to internal narration as well as all-important dialogue.

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From the bonus comic “The Mask of Doctor Doom”

Mary Jane & Black Cat #1 isn’t the most dynamic debut album of all time, but it introduces solid structure for future issues. This issue could have been an opportunity to let the artists really shine, but the art and the writing are a little underwhelming. Luckily, the opposite is true for “The Mask of Doom,” which is so good on its own that it’s worth reading this comic for everyone. Black cat fan. This first issue gives the series plenty of room to grow in many interesting ways. With two fan-favorite characters in the lead, this promising first issue can turn into something unique and amazing.