While the Superior Spider-Man has struggled with its female supporting cast a bit Mary Jane and Carlie Cooper specifically have suffered from being inconsistently characterized by writer Dan Slott the series did introduce the fantastic Anna Maria Marconi to the mix. Anna Marias most defining physical characteristic has been her height. As a bonafide little person, Slott has had to tread carefully in an effort to not make light of her disability. Fortunately, outside of some occasional references (mostly by villains, and curiously enough, one from Aunt May), Anna Marias diminutive stature has rarely entered into the storyline. Instead, readers were treated to a smart, funny and likeable character in a book that desperately needed a strong female presence.
Mark is a professional writer living in Brooklyn and is the founder of the Chasing Amazing Blog, which documents his quest to collect every issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and the Superior Spider-Talk podcast. He also pens the "Gimmick or Good?" column at Comics Should Be Good blog.