While many of us were excited to find out that Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman) was getting her own solo comic series, disappointment seemed to abound once Greg Land was announced as the regular artist on the series. Disappointment that was confirmed when we saw the cover to Spider-Woman #1, in which it appears that Jessica Drew’s legs had melted off.
And that was, y’know, unfortunate but not surprising.
But then we saw Milo Manara’s variant cover. And while only a few people will end up with copies of it, the very fact that it exists… well… hurts my soul? Yes, it hurts my soul. You can see it for yourself:
I think that position was best described by io9 as “presenting.” There are so many things wrong with this image, from the blatant male-gazey-ness to the complete misunderstanding of how fabric works (unless that costume is supposed to be body paint). I honestly am at a loss for words.
This is just… terrible? Terrible.