Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 Review
Spider-Gwen deserves all the popularity she’s received since her inception in Dan Slott’s “Spider-Verse” back in 2015. She’s stylish, she’s cool, she’s fresh, she’s new, and Earth 65 is like a cyberpunk Toonami show. So seeing her story continue after Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez’s run fills me with joy, even if she’s now known as Ghost-Spider.
It’s been a long and colorful road for Ghost-Spider, one with the trials and tribulation every spider themed hero seems to go through. Except with Gwen, she always seemed so much more unwilling to accept her “responsibility”. Often feeling guilted into a life where she wasn’t a hero but an outcast. In Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 she’s served her time (see previous Spider-Gwen run) and is now trying to re-piece together what’s left of her life. Like many spider heroes before her, she just can’t put down the suit and webs. Spider’s gonna spider.
In Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 Seanan McGuire keeps up with the general Gwen program of getting her life back together. Rosi Kampe joins McGuire with art that’s sharp and keeps with Earth 65’s pastel aesthetics. And it wouldn’t be Spider-Gwen if there wasn’t some type of inter-dimensional jumping here and there. I’m only disappointed with McGuire for making it look like Gwen doesn’t like being called Spider-Gwen. Bisch, it’s Spider-Gwen, don’t push your Ghost-Spider agenda on me!
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 is a fantastic book. I was so worried that the Gwen torch being passed would fizzle and die but, McGuire and Kampe do not disappoint. Here’s my one gripe, and it’s not with Ghost-Spider but with Spider-Geddon. Spider-Geddon is A LOT to digest, and it’s even more if you take in The Clone Conspiracy before it. It’s aggressive and comes at you from all angles. It’s especially difficult to take everything in if you’re not exactly the biggest Spidey fan. I don’t necessarily care for the Spider-Geddon story in general but, I do care about Spider-Gwen. She’s now become a larger piece to that story.
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 is not a jumping on point for Spider-Geddon, but it is a good place to rest and catch your breath. I’ve included the Spider-Geddon checklist if you’re so inclined to take that journey.
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