Gwen Stacy is ALIVE you say….? Really? Wait.. She got bit by the Spider instead of Peter? What weird universe is this?Â This will be a slightly SPOILER FILLED Review!
I find myself once again interesting in the NEW titles Marvel has been releasing. Where I plan on writing reviews for at least the first issues. Some I’ll stick with others I might not. just like Silk…. Spider-Gwen comes spinning outta the Spider-Verse story. I know I probably should read that right? I will eventually. If Marvel is launching these new #1 issues…. then we should expect a smaller catch up page in the beginning… and after that just plow ahead with whatever story that’s being told. So on Spider-Gwen’s creative team we have on writing Jason Latour, on art Robbi Rodriguez, and for colors we have Rico Renzi. All three are names I’ve never heard of. However I am still interested to see what they do with the Gwen Stacy character!
After reading this first issue, I can safely say I’m very unsure of this series. Latour’s writing is good. The story flows very well. There is a previously page for people like me that have yet to read Spider-Verse. Latour sets up the main characters well. We even see many parallels to how Peter’s life usually is. Specifically with JJJ going after Spider-Woman aka Spider-Gwen. I’m not sure what it is about Latour’s writing style, but this feels very repetitive. I dunno why… The funny thing is I’m more intrigued by the Silk series than this one after one issue. In this issue you have Spider-Gwen vs the Vulture. Maybe it’s because Gwen Stacy has been in the Spider-Verse since it’s inception… that I feel this is repetitive. Whereas Silk is a whole brand new character to me. I did very much enjoy the back story for Gwen here… She’s the former drummer of the band The Mary Janes. Latour’s dialogue and Gwen’s quips are all well done. But I think I was expecting more outta this than I got. Maybe if Latour had given Gwen a better villain than The Vulture… I’d like the plot of the issue more.
Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi are great artists for this title. Even though this is my first time seeing their art… I really enjoyed it. If I had one complaint it’s that at times the art seems very shiny and glossy. Then on other pages it feels like it’s been shredded by a four-year old. The colors absolutely are the best thing about the art. They pop and fade in all the right places. I also really like the Spider-Gwen design. She has a spider-like costume, but it doesn’t really resemble Spider-Man in any way shape or form. It’s more of what if a Spider heroine had a hoodie… yo!? Other than that really digging the art.
Overall I “liked” Spider-Gwen #1, but not sure if I’ll stick with it past issue #2. The story is well written, but as I stated I wish there was a different villain. You can get Spider-Gwen #1 at your local comic shops or on Comixology.