Continuing my Marvel comics reading adventure with Spider-Gwen, Vol. O, I get a look into Jason Latour’s turn at the writer’s table and an arc that looks at how Gwen deals with the death of her best friend, what it means to take up the mantle of the Spider, and how to handle all of this when it feels like the entire world is against you.
Published: 25 November 2015 (originally published 18 September 2015)
Category: Sequential Art/Marvel/Superheroes
Collects Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Spider-Gwen #1-5.
The breakout character hit of the year is Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman! In one universe, it wasn’t Peter Parker who was bitten by the radioactive spider, but Gwen Stacy! She’s smart, charming and can lift a car — just don’t tell her father the police chief! And now, in the wake of Spider-Verse, Gwen swings into her own solo adventures! And she soon finds herself between a rock and a hard place when the Vulture attacks, and NYPD Lieutenant Frank Castle sets his sights on bringing her down. Then, still haunted by Peter’s death, Gwen visits his only family: Ben and May Parker. But what really happened the day Peter died? Find out right here as the spectacular Spider-Gwen steals not only the spotlight, but also the hearts of comic fans worldwide!
Rating: 3 Stars
Gwen’s in a tough headspace. There’s a lot to unpack with her life: she has her powers, her best friend dying which she feels responsible for, and with her name being synonymous with crime, the police are using all their force to attempt to bring her down. It’s a lot to handle, which I thought was brought through fairly well with the writing.
Since this is an alternate dimension to the one I’m used to (i.e. Peter Parker’s), it was neat to see characters that I know being portrayed in different roles, such as Matthew Murdock still a lawyer but for a very different sort of clientele.
I did have a little trouble reading some of the text, though. The lettering in the speech bubbles was a little too cramped for certain letters, leading to some (like P or D) looking so similar to others as to render them nearly indistinguishable.
The next collected issues promise to have the Osborns and Gwen dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D, so I’ll be picking it up sooner or later. Looking forward to more adventures with the Ghost Spider. 🙂
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