Spider-Woman, Vol. 1 #44


Rel: Jun 1982 - Pub: Jun 1982
Action, Adventure, Super-Heroes
Modern Age | Color | USA | English
Comic | 32 pages | $0.60

Determined to get revenge against the Viper for injuring her friend Lindsay McCabe, Spider-Woman first goes to Sabrina Morrell and confronts her about the Yakuza tattoo on her back. However, this proves to be a dead end. Jessica departs, unaware that Sabrina Morrel believes that Spider-Woman is a threat to her clan. Terrorizing the underworld, Jessica gets a lead on Viper's location, and, borrowing David Ishima's motorcycle, she rides to the Viper's hideout. There she is confronted by the spirit form of Morgan le Fay who warns Spider-Woman that she will face a great adversary.

Spider-Woman tracks down the Viper and the two end up in a pitched battle, separating the two combatants from her legion of mercenaries. During the fight, Spider-Woman realizes that the Viper is a pawn of the demon Chthon. Partially transforming Spider-Woman into a demon, Chthon seeks to claim Spider-Woman for his own. However, the Viper (believing herself to be Jessica's mother, an idea that Chthon allows Jessica to learn also) breaks free of Chthon's control and helps Spider-Woman fight the ancient demon off.

Defeating Chthon, Jessica is restored back into human form, and, both women still believing that the Viper is really Merriem Drew, the Viper explains that Chthon used her as a pawn to try and free himself. With her role in this plot revealed, the Viper tells Jessica that whatever is left of Meriem Drew is dead, and teleports away.

Creators View all

Writer Chris Claremont
Penciller Steve Leialoha
Inker Steve Leialoha
Colorist Steve Leialoha
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
Cover Artist Steve Leialoha
Editor Denny O'Neil
Editor in Chief Jim Shooter

Characters View all

Bree Morrell
Lindsay McCabe
David Ishima
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)
Viper (Ophelia 'Viper' Sarkissian)