|So, as someone once said, --- Up --- Up --- and AWAY! - Peter Parker
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|Full Name:||Jessica Drew|
|First Appearance:||Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 #98 (Debut)|
All-New Ultimates Vol. 1 #1 (as Black Widow)
|Created by:||Brian Michael Bendis|
|Place of Birth:||Laboratory of Doctor Octopus, New York|
|Base:||Triskelion, New York; formerly Nueva York, Earth-TRN588; Sims Tower, Times Square, Manhattan,New York City, New York, Earth-3145; Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, Earth-13|
|Affiliations:||Ultimates; formerly Roxxon Brain Trust, Young Ultimates, S.H.I.E.L.D., C.I.A., Superior Spider-Army, Spider-Army, Web-Warriors|
|Weight:||132 lbs (60 kg)|
"I'm a broken thing they made out of Peter Parker. And that's what we have in common-- Men of science, who don't give a damn about anything but themselves, messed with the natural order of all things... And that's why we have a Hulk and you and me and Captain America and mutants and pretty much every other problem we have today. I wasn't ready to talk about this because it's hard to say out loud. It's hard to admit that I'm-- I'm not a real person. I don't have a mother or father. I'm not Peter Parker. I'm... this thing. It's hard to-- to process myself let alone get you to. I have years of Peter Parker's childhood memories rolling around in my head... And time has gone by, and those memories have faded, and my feelings about my connection to him have faded and--- And I've become this other thing. I'm not Peter Parker. I'm not Peter Parker. I'm not even a boy. I'm Jessica Drew."
Created to act as an agent for the CIA (code name: Spider-Woman), she retains Peter Parker's memories. She tries to be a woman and do some good with the powers she has.
When Doctor Octopus and Ben Reilly were experimenting with Peter Parker’s ( Spider-Man) genes for the their own personal army at Roxxon, they managed to create five clones of Peter: Spider-Woman, Scorpion, Kaine, Tarantula, and one who was made to think he was Richard Parker. Spider-Woman's genes were altered the most, as she was the female clone of Peter. She was given the name Jessica Drew, agent Spider-Woman, and was prepped for a memory swipe. The Carnage-experiment escaped and released the other clones. The one later known as Kaine wanted to find Mary Jane; however, Spider-Woman was against making any contact with Peter Parker’s life. Most of the Spider-Man clones were not stable, and three of them escaped.
Spider-Woman decides to follow the clones to make sure they don’t make contact with real Peter or Mary Jane. But as she approaches 'her' old house, Peter’s memories come rushing back and she loses it for a while. She hides in old abandoned warehouse, where she used to hang out. There she meets the real Peter Parker who was looking for Mary Jane and is quite freaked out. Peter accuses her of taking MJ, and the two have a little sparring match. Spider-Woman being more in control than Peter, manages to knock him out and run away. Later that night, when Peter Parker was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., she steps in and helps Peter to escape.
During their search for other clones, she explains to Peter who she actually is and how she was created. They happen upon an old Oscorp building where Spider-Woman thinks the one called Kaine might be. They enter the building and see two of the clones fighting a hairy monster, which turns out to be MJ injected with the Oz formula. The original Peter Parker manages to calm MJ down, and she transforms back to a human. But then Nick Fury, Fantastic Four and Dr. Octopus arrive. Peter convinces Mr. Fantastic to take MJ away and to try to cure her. Once the Fantastic Four leave, they learn that Dr. Octopus was the mastermind behind the clones. Peter makes a deal with Nick Fury, that he will go with SHIELD if he leaves Dr. Octopus alone with them for 10 minutes; Nick Fury accepts the offer. Tarantula immediately attacks Dr. Octopus after Fury leaves, but Dr. Octopus reveals that he can control metal and builds himself new metal arms, Tarantula is pierced by one of the flying pieces, and dies. Peter Parker and Spider-Woman then attack Dr. Octopus and after a long a hard battle they manage to defeat him. Spider-Woman however didn’t want to go back into the CIA, and escapes. She goes back to the old warehouse in Queens, and waits for Peter to show up. He eventually does, and they say their goodbyes. She decides to leave New York and be Jessica Drew for a while; Peter also gave her a blessing to use the Spider-Woman name.
Months later Spider-Woman returns to New York. As she swings through the city, she notices Vulture flying with a big bag of cash. She drops on him and webs him up for the police. But then Human Torch shows up, and she slips by mentioning his real name. Human Torch is curious how she knows that and what her relation is to Spider-Man. Human Torch asks if she is Spider-Man’s cousin, but she quickly swings away to avoid further questions. Then unexpectedly, a giant wave of water hits New York. Spider-Woman does whatever she can to help, saving some people from being hit with a power line. Recognizing one of them as Aunt May, she grabs her and swings to a rooftop. At first Aunt May can’t handle that she calls her 'aunt,' but as she sees the damage around her, she asks Spider-Woman to bring Peter Parker back to her. Spider-Woman promised she will. As she swings through the city, she notices a purple sphere. As she approaches it, she sees the sphere explode.
Spider-Woman is hit with the resulting hit wave and falls to a nearby roof. Hulk sees her and comes rushing towards her. Jessica tries to get away, but Hulk catches up with her. Luckily the military arrive and catch Hulk’s attention; after dealing with them he jumps away. Spider-Woman returns to the epicenter of the blast to search through the rubble, but finds nothing. Kitty Pryde then arrives, and Spider-Woman is happy to see her. She rushes to hug her, but Kitty doesn’t recognize her and she phases through her, which hurts Spider-Woman. The two then save several dozen people together, and when the rescue helicopters arrive and took the civilians away, they go to search through Dr. Strange's house ruins. At first they don’t find anything, but when some of the water floods the street, it carries a tattered Spider-Man mask to them.
Spider-Woman continues her original plan of bringing down Roxxon. She knows that they will try cloning someone again, just because they already crossed that line with her. After of months of observing them, she witnesses an attack on the Roxxon building. Although she believes that they themselves are to blame, she still goes in to save them. Later, Jessica hears about the attack on the Baxter Building, and then she herself is attacked. Managing to dodge out of her apartment, Jessica swings away from the attacker. She goes to Soho to check on Spider-Man, but is too late, as the attacker had been there too.
Spider-Man is however okay, but she decides to wait outside. When Spider-Man suddenly swings away, she follows him. They agree to have a team-up and go after the one responsible for the attacks. Spider-Woman suggests that they infiltrate Roxxon, because they were also attacked, and they might learn something: either Roxxon created it, or why they were attacked exactly. Spider-Woman makes herself an alias, Julia Carpenter, and applies for a position in Roxxon as a scientist. On her first day she is introduced to a group of people who she is meant to work with: The Brain Trust. In that group are: Dr. Arnim Zola III, Private Investigator Misty Knight, Nathaniel Essex, Dr. Layla Miller and Dr. Samuel Sterns.
Shortly afterward, they witness another attack on the Baxter Building and Roxxon suggests they move into underground bunker. While waiting there, Misty Knight starts to ask her questions and figures out that Spider-Woman is not who she says she is. The Brain Trust then reveal that they suspect Roxxon in the attacks as well. Spider-Woman still doesn’t trust them and when they want to see her powers, she webs them all up and runs from them. One of the Brain Trust members transforms into a brute of some sort and knocks her out before she can get away though.
Spider-Woman awakens, bound on a table and meets the man behind the Brain Trust, Doctor Octopus. It doesn’t take long for Spider-Man to arrive and save her just before Roxxon is attacked again. Spider-Man and Spider-Woman start rescuing civilians. They also notice Dr. Octopus is in danger. Spider-Man rushes to help him. Although Spider-Woman wants to let him die, Spider-Man eventually manages to convince her to save him.
Rick Jones arrives with Human Torch and they learn that heroes are gathering to take down Reed Richards. Spider-Woman and even Doctor Octopus join the group. During the attack in the Negative Zone, Spider-Woman meets the Ultimates for the first time, and assist Captain America himself. After the confrontation with Reed Richards, Spider-Woman becomes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the request of Carol Danvers.
Months after the global disasters, Jessica meets Bombshells: a mom and her daughter robbing a bank. While battling them, Human Torch shows up, and helps her to defeat the villains. After the battle, the Human Torch again asks questions about her relation to Spider-Man, but then pretends to leave. Spider-Woman ducks into an alley and takes off her mask, only to be confronted by Human Torch again. Finally she gives in and tells Human Torch that she is Jessica at which Human Torch asks her out. Her answer is not revealed, but Johnny later brags that they kissed.
Spider-Woman is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a member of the Ultimates. She aids the Ultimates in their struggle against The City and on returning to her apartment in the Triskelion she finds a dossier on Miles Morales left by Nick Fury. This dossier details Miles and his activities as Spider-Man. Spider-Woman confronts Miles as he is in a knock-off Spider-Man costume. She kicks him in the face and demands to know who he is. At the Triskelion, Spider-Woman and Nick are talking to Miles about his future and what they will do with him when Electro breaks free from containment. Miles fights Electro and gains the upper hand due to his camouflage ability and manages to disrupt Electro's powers through a venom sting.
This gives Fury the opportunity to open fire on Electro. With Electro detained once again, Nick sees the potential in Miles and instructs Spider-Woman to give him a suit. The next day, Jessica shows up in civilian clothing and hands Miles a case containing his new costume, courtesy of Nick Fury. She tells him that he has one chance to prove himself. Miles is now officially the new Spider-Man.
When the President decided to activate the Winter Protocols, Fury was displaced as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Ultimates ordered to be taken to custody, Jessica along with Captain Britain was captured by new Director Flumm.
United We Stand
Spider-Woman was released after the Ultimates defeated Reed Richards, and she took part in Captain America's swearing-in to presidency. After Captain America agreed to allow Miles to join the Ultimates, the terrorist organization Hydra declared war on S.H.I.E.L.D. and President Steve Rogers.
Spider-Woman was bitterly teamed-up with Miles, who recently joined the Ultimates, under Captain America's orders, when S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Ultimates fought the battle for Project Pegasus in Wyoming against Hydra. In the aftermath of the war, Jessica discovered Miles after he defeated a mind-controlled Giant-Woman and scanned him for injuries, even embracing him in a reassuring hug. Miles asked her what the connection between them was once more, but she did not respond; Jessica told Miles to return to his parents and provided him with a plausible explanation of why he had been gone.
Spider-Man No More
One year later, she got in touch with Miles Morales, who after the death of his mother, Jessica wanted to give Miles a briefcase, containing his suit, and induce him to become Spider-Man again, but he refused. Jessica later visited Miles' house and left a box in his room. After two of Roxxon's subjects escaped and were seen battling Bombshell, Jessica finally convinced Miles to return as Spider-Man, and told him her origin as a clone of Peter Parker created by Roxxon, and urged him to help her stop Roxxon. Jessica with Miles faced Lori Baumgartner, who they wanted to help, but they were attacked by Taskmaster.
The three recover, and begin to fight back. However, Taskmaster managed to stun her with electric gloves. Jessica fell off the roof, but Miles had time to catch her. The two of them, along with Laurie Baumgartner, Cloak and Dagger defeated Taskmaster. The five young heroes decided to rally under Spider-Woman and go to stop the Roxxon Corporation.
Spider-Woman and the others broke into Roxxon and confronted Phillip R. Roxxon, where she was forced to restrain Miles after the death of his mother was brought up. Miles threw Roxxon from the window but caught him with webbing and moved to interrogate him. Police helicopters surrounded him, but Jessica was able to use her S.H.I.E.L.D. clearance to get them to withdraw. When the police left, Jessica with others faced the Roxxon Brain Trust, her personally taking down Layla. After the fight, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrived as Jessica and the other heroes discussed their teamwork. In the morning, Jessica reported on this mission to Monica Chang, who was upset given Roxxon's connection to S.H.I.E.L.D. In response, Jessica showed her the statistics on the alliance, noting the potential for the group.
The cosmic entity known as Gah Lak Tus returned to Earth, but now it had been merged with its counterpart from another universe, and was even more powerful than before. The heroes couldn't do anything to stop it when it first appeared, as Galactus decimated New Jersey. The Ultimates try to stop the devourer of worlds.
In the wake of the near-destruction of the Earth at the hands of Galactus, Tony Stark decided to disband the Ultimates. However, Spider-Woman decided to continue the legacy of the deceased Captain America, in a form of a team of young heroes, the Young Ultimates.
Jessica was accompanying Miles while visiting his mother's grave when they were suddenly attacked by Verna of the Inheritors. They were helped by the Superior Spider-Army, who brought them to their safe zone in Earth-928. After Daemos attacked their base when a second Spider-Army appeared to recruit the other one, the Spider-Men began to break off in groups. When Daemos returned after being killed by both Spider-Armies, the Scarlet Spider deduced the Inheritors perpetuated their lives by using cloned bodies, and used the Spider-Army's teleporter to track down the dimension Daemos' new body came from to go investigate. Jessica and Ben Reilly followed the Scarlet Spider into the portal and to Earth-802, where they discovered a reality ruled by Jennix.
At the cost of Ben Reilly's life, Black Widow and the Scarlet Spider managed to neutralize Jennix's cloning facility, thus allowing the Inheritors to die once and for all. Reilly's life angered the Scarlet Spider to the point his The Other persona took over and went to the Inheritor's reality, leaving Jessica behind in Earth-802 without a teleporter. Jessica later managed to join the final fight between the Spider-Army and the Inheritors, and found Kaine's torn costume in the battle. After the Inheritors were defeated, Jessica returned with Miles to their universe.
Powers & Abilities
Spider-Woman possesses super-human agility, equilibrium, strength, the ability to adhere to surfaces, and to detect danger via her "spider-sense". She has organic web shooters enabling her to release strong elastic adhesive webbing through her fingertips. Spider-Woman can use these webs for transportation (web slinging), binding foes, and creating sticky nets. Unlike Spider-Man, there appears to be no limit to how much organic webbing she can produce.