Review: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018-) #1 by Seanan McGuire (Author), Rosi Kampe (Illustrator), Bengal (Illustrator)

As a fan of Seanan McGuire, I knew I’d have to pick up any comic that she’d written. This is especially true after I recently saw the movie, Into the Spider-verse, and fell in love with just about every version of the Spider therein. There’s an immense back catalogue to work through and, obviously, new comics such as the Ghost-Spider series to work through, so thankfully I’ve got at least one of my favorite authors as a place to more or less start.

 

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Published: 24 October 2018

Publisher: Marvel

Category: Sequential Art/Superheros

A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN! What? You thought we were done with Gwen Stacy after the first two landmark volumes of her series?! GET OUTTA HERE. It’s a whole new spin on Gwen and her world of Earth-65, brought to you by none other than SEANAN MCGUIRE & ROSI KÄMPE! We pick up with Gwen right where we left her – fighting crime through her home reality, unaware that it sits on the precipice of interdimensional calamity! Someone’s gonna be late to band practice…

Rating: 4 Stars

I liked that, even though I haven’t read the preceding comics, I was able to get into this issue pretty well. There are asterisks next to key moments of dialogue that clue me into what issues I need to check out, which was something I appreciated. When you get into one series and realize there’s a LOT to wade through if you’re going backwards, it really helps to have the writer give you a hand.

That being said, Gwen’s been through a lot and is getting back into her life in her dimension at a rough time. Freshly out of prison, she’s trying to decide where her alter ego and her human identity separate when someone from her past comes to her for aid. The other Spiders are in danger and that leads to a conflict which strands Gwen in a unfamiliar world. That’s saying something considering all the action she’s been through in her past.

It almost sounds like there’s too much to digest in a single issue, but the action flowed smoothly for me. There were familiar characters such as Gwen herself, Harry Osborn, and Spider Ham, as well as a baddie that I’m fairly certain is new? I could be wrong, but anyway, the tension this character added was just the right amount for issue one. It lead to a cliffhanger that definitely made me interested in getting the next issue.

Art wise, the colors are quite nice and the lines are clean. The style is a good one that makes it easy to track the action without being too busy. The colors, as I mentioned, are nice because there’s a good balance between the bright and the dark, blending well in the shadows and the light of the cityscapes Gwen traverses.

Have you read any of Spider-Gwen’s previous adventures? What about this one? Let me know in the comment section below. 🙂

 

 

 

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