Snakewoman is a fictional character created by Shekhar Kapur and published by Virgin Comics for their Director's Cut line.
Created by Shekhar Kapur
, written by Zeb Wells
, with art by Michael Gaydos
and covers by Jeevan Kang
Snake Woman is the story of Jessica Peterson, a young introspective midwestern girl who has moved to Los Angeles where she works as a waitress in a downtown LA dive-bar. Naturally quiet and reserved, Jessica's slow immersion into the bigger city life is accelerated all of a sudden when one night a yuppie bar patron she mistakenly trusts accosts her. When he tries to take advantage of her (walking her home from the bar) rattling on about some ancient order and other strange things during the attack itself, Jessica is not only able to fight him off, she actually turns predator and rather gruesomely kills him. Overwhelmed with emotion, Jessica feels a strange one mixed in – arousal. Why did killing him feel so good?
Snake Woman is the re-invention of India's ancient Snake (Naga) legends, in which the soul of the serpent reptile is reborn in the form of a beautiful and unsuspecting female. Increasingly possessed by her reptilian instincts and driven to avenge a centuries old wrong, Jessica is now part of something far greater than herself.
Torn between her human brain (ethics, morals, intellect) and her reptilian one (instincts, senses, and survival patterns), Jessica has to uncover this new part of herself and reconcile a fate that suggests we are not living our lives, it's our lives that are living through us.
A twentyish quiet Midwesterner now living in downtown Los Angeles, Jess has no idea of the journey she is about to embark on. Her soft sexiness starts to emerge as she sheds her skin and gets more comfortable with her environment that suddenly feels so alive. Torn between her intellect and her instinct, Jess will discover the power embedded in our reptilian selves and struggle with the humanity that tries to control it
Jess's roommate - a sexy, spunky, extroverted firecracker that's constantly pushing Jess to hook up with guys, “otherwise I will!”
The series is being collected into trade paperbacks:
- A Snake in the Grass (collects #1-5, 144 pages, June 2007, ISBN 1934413011)