Hand Size 4 (25)
Acrobatics, Fast Exit, Marksmanship, Martial Arts
Law Enforcement, Observation, Tracking
Energy Blast 13 (Bio Electric “Venom-Blast”) – Limit: Infrequent. Must wait an Aura’s duration between each use.
Invulnerability to Disease, Poison, and Radiation
Pheromones 3 – Limits: One emotion only (pleasure in men, fear in women)
Glider Wings 3 – Flight (Gliding Only)
To save his daughter’s life from uranium poisoning, Jonathan Drew transformed her. He conducted experiments that super-charged young Jessica Drew’s metabolism, giving her a variety of superhuman powers. Jessica grew up on Wundagore Mountain among the High Evolutionary’s New Men, until Hydra recruited and brainwashed her to be a living weapon and assassin codenamed Arachne. Hydra sent her to attack S.H.I.E.L.D. and its director, Nick Fury. Fury managed to break Jessica’s conditioning and turn the confused young woman against her villainous masters. Seeking redemption and her own destiny, Jessica became the sensational Spider-Woman.
As Spider-Woman, Jessica has had many strange adventures, highs, and lows. She has encountered monsters, murderous madmen, and magicians. She has worked with everyone from Captain America to the Thing. A run-in with the sorceress Morgan Le Fay resulted in Jessica’s apparent death, but her spirit and body were later reunited. After her resurrection, her powers became erratic and unreliable, and she gave up her costumed identity, instead working with her friend Lindsay McCabe as a private investigator. During this time, various others took up the mantle of Spider-Woman, but Jessica eventually regained her abilities and took up her heroic identity once again.
Since then, Spider-Woman has struggled to find a place, both in her normal life and in the superhuman community. She recently rejoined S.H.I.E.L.D. She also rejoined Hydra, who actually restored her powers, and is now working as a personal double agent for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s spymaster, Nick Fury.
Spider-Woman is a mix of strength and confusion. Her willpower, intellect, and compassion make her a good teammate and companion. However, complications with her powers and her unusual history make it hard for her to get close to others and form meaningful attachments. She is particularly guarded when first meeting people, concerned that any strong feelings are the result of her pheromone-based powers. This makes Spider-Woman seem mysterious and unapproachable, but those who gain her trust and friendship quickly find a devoted hero and loyal friend.
Abilities & Resources
Spider-Woman possesses superhuman strength, agility, and stamina. Her enhanced metabolism makes her immune to poisons and disease, as well as giving her the ability to build up and generate bio-electric “venom blasts” and cling to walls. These powers also super-charge her pheromones, making reactions to her—positive and negative— much more intense than usual. Spider-Woman is a skilled covert operative, investigator, and hand-to-hand combatant, having received training from both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra. Her costume and enhanced physique allow her to glide on air currents.
Spider-Woman has an eclectic mix of allies. She has worked closely with the Shroud, Tigra, Werewolf by Night, and several heroes with ties to the espionage community like Ms. Marvel, Wolverine, and Nick Fury. Her friend and ex-partner, Lindsay McCabe, is one of the few relatively normal people she knows. As both a S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra agent she has access to the resources of those organization, subject to authorization from her superiors.