Saturday, January 11, 2020

#IReadsYou Review: SPIDER-GWEN Ghost-Spider #1


[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Seanan McGuire
ART: Rosi Kämpe
COLORS: Ian Herring
LETTERS: VC's Clayton Cowles
EDITOR: Devin Lewis
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Akira Yoshida
COVER: Bengal
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Andrew C. Robinson; Paolo Rivera; Jee-Hyung Lee
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2018)

Rated  “T”

“Spider-Geddon” Part 1: “Uncharted”

Spider-Gwen created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez; based on Spider-Man created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee

Spider-Gwen is a Marvel Comics title featuring a new version of Spider-Woman.  A spin-off character of the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, the first Spider-Woman was Jessica Drew, and she debuted in Marvel Spotlight #32 (cover dated: February 1977).  Spider-Gwen is an alternate-universe version of the classic Spider-Man character, Gwendolyne Maxine “Gwen” Stacy, who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #31 (cover dated: December 1965), who is also an alternate-universe version of Spider-Woman.

On Earth-65, Gwen Stacy, not Peter Parker, is bitten by a radioactive spider that gives her powers and abilities associated with Spider-Man.  Gwen becomes the superhero, Spider-Woman.  However, Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 is depicted as having a personality similar to that of Peter Parker, and she shares many of the conflicts that Parker is known for having.

Gwen/Spider-Woman got her first comic book series (5 issues), with the first issue cover dated February 2015, and a second series (34 issues), with the first issue cover dated October 2015.  Now, Gwen has a new comic book series, Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider.  It is written by Seanan McGuire; drawn by Rosi Kampe; colored by Ian Herring; and lettered by Clayton Cowles.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 (“Uncharted”) finds Gwen back in the swing of things as Spider-Woman, although she learns via her encounters with the public that people call her “Spider-Gwen.”  While enjoying a meal with a friend, Gwen spots something odd.  It's Spider-Ham!  After meeting him, Gwen learns that the Inheritors are back, and Gwen has to join the other “Spiders” to battle them again.  This quick exit into the multiverse, however, will leave Gwen absolutely lost.

I have enjoyed most of the Spider-Gwen comic books that I have read.  Like the Mile Morales-Ultimate Spider-Man comic books, Spider-Gwen titles seem like and are indeed a fresh take on the core Spider-Man “mythos” and concepts.  Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 starts a little soft, but the second half of this debut issue gets pretty intense.

I can learn to like the Ghost-Spider creative team of writer Seanan McGuire and artist Rosi Kampe, because while I enjoyed the team of writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez, I was not hung up on them.  Besides, McGuire and Kampe don't stray far, at least stylistically, from Latour and Rodriguez's work.  Letterer Clayton Cowles and colorist Ian Herring are doing good work, so I think that Spider-Gwen fans will be satisfied with this new title.  The ending of Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 makes me want to read the second issue.  This is not great debut, but it is good reading.

6 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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