SPIDER-WOMAN #50 (1983)

This issue has everything!  A photo cover (for more on the photo cover, go here)!  Double-sized!  Tons of guest stars from the entire character’s history!

It’s also the last issue.

And guess what?  She dies!

A guy called “Locksmith” captures Spider-Woman, along with several of her friends and enemies (even Daddy Longlegs!), and they all must cum-bay-ya to escape together and then, when they do…

It turns out SW’s oldest foe, Morgan Le Fay, was the real enemy.  The two literally fight to the death.

And it ends with Jessica wandering off into space, astrally, with her soul saying goodbye to the reader.

Not the ending you’d expect from this mag, which generally played it safe and “normal,” but then this is a different creative team and writer Ann Nocenti is known for the offbeat and occult.  Frankly, if the book had been as radical and different as this issue all the way through, it would have been a much more memorable read.

Creators: Ann Nocenti and Brian Postman
Grade: B-
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