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4LN Review: Spider-Gwen #1

Series: Spider-Gwen
Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Inker: Rico Renzi
Page Count: 24


Summary from Comixology: “Because you demanded it. Gwen Stacy is back on the webs and has an all-new, all-different mystery to solve: the reappearance of The Lizard! Spider-Woman was convinced that the Lizard died in her arms alongside Peter Parker. But when a similar monster goes on a reptilian rampage, she’s left with doubts not only about Peter’s life, but his death as well. And witness the debut of the Osborns of Earth-65! Fan-favorite creators Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi are back for more with a story that every Spider-Fan will be talking about!”

Spider-Gwen made her first appearance in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, which came out in 2014. The first issue one of Spider-Gwen came out in February of this year, and it ran for four issues, until Secret Wars happened and put an end to all current Marvel books. And now it’s October, and we have a second #1 Spider-Gwen. So thanks for that Marvel. Her first on going book ended before the first arc ended. I’m not really sure why a series needs a second relaunch in a years time. I actually spent a good 10 minutes bitching about this with the owner of my LCS, and I said I wasn’t going to buy it. But, I ended up buying it because I’m a sucker for Spider-Gwen, and I think Marvel knows this. At least the book was only $3.99 instead of $5.99 (I’m looking at you Amazing Spider-Man).

If you haven’t read Spider-Gwen (the first series), I think you’ll be pretty confused and lost in this issue. This is not a good starting on point, since it seems to still somewhat continue with the previous story arc. I have been following Gwen since her appearance in Edge of Spider-Verse (Hell, I even flipped that book for $80 just a month ago). If you are a fan of this series, then this is definitely a book that you need to check out. Spider-Gwen is honestly one of my favorite Spider-Characters. I have always had a soft spot for Gwen, even her early character that was extremely snobby and despised Spider-Man. I actually love this rendition of the character. She’s a bit of a rocker chick, she struggles with daily life, and she has the essential “Parker luck,” that we all love the 616 Spider-Man for.

Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez make a great creative team, and I love that they have been working on Spider-Gwen since Edge of Spider-Verse #2. At the moment, Spider-Gwen feels more like a book that would be a creative owned property that you would read on Image, instead of it being a Marvel book, and I think that’s one of the things that makes this book so special and unique. From the cover, to the very last page, this book is just visually stunning. The art work, and the colors just blend in one of the best ways I could ever imagine. I think one of the greatest thing about this book truly is Robbi Rodriguez’s art. I was on the fence about picking up this book, and his art was the final selling point for me. If you haven’t read the previous story arc of Spider-Gwen, I really can’t recommend this book to you (but, you should go track down the previous story. It was great fun). BUT, if you have jumped into Gwen’s spider-verse, then you need to pick this book up. With all this being said, you should really get into this book. It won’t be hard to track down the first five, and it’ll be totally worth it.

Music Pairing:
There were a couple series moments when Gwen relives, and struggles with causing the death of her beloved friend Peter Parker. She was trying to do what was best, but the situation didn’t really play out her her, the way she had wished. Also, Gwen isn’t having the best day, so I feel like she would be jamming some sad music while these events unfolded. So, get in touch with your emotions and jam the post-pop punk band Daisyhead, and specifically their track Neck. Which deals with some heavy subject matter.

4LN Comic Review: Spider-Gwen #1

Series: Spider-Gwen
Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez

Summary from Comixology: “Spider-Gwen spins into her own series! Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you don’t know is which friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse!”

This is the series I have been looking forward to the most in 2015. Edge of Spider-Verse #2 was the first appernce of Spider-Gwen and it honestly took the comic book community by storm. I remember seeing it on the shelf, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted it or not. I took a gamble and it totally paid off. It feels like I have been counting down the days in February for this book to drop, and I thought it came out last week so I was bummed to learn I had to wait an extra week. But it was worth the wait, and now the long painful wait for next months issue has begun…

The Good:
There were so many great things about this book. From page 1 until the very end, I couldn’t stop getting hyped. So many cool things were going on. So many characters from the 616 Universe made appearances, but they are completely different from what you would expect. Two main ones being Frank Castle and Matt Murdock, I won’t spoil anything by giving details, but you will get a good laugh out if it. Speaking of, this book isn’t comedy but I found myself laughing at zingers and jokes during the book. It has a very serious tone, but yet balances humor along with it. Spider-Gwen shares that same smart-ass attitude that Peter can have at times. I want to also mention how much I love this creative team, Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez make an amazing team. The art is truly on point in the book and the lines are clean and solid, and the color makes the images pop off the pages. It’s truly a beautiful book. Jason Latour’s writing is easy to follow and the story builds up to some major cliffhangers. He does a great job at capturing that angsty frustrated alt-rocker feel. And it’s going to be fun seeing how Gwen can change the public’s opinion from Super Villain to Superhero. If Spider-Ham can do it, surly the people will learn to love Spider-Gwen as much as I do.


If you haven’t read Edge of Spider-Verse #2 or any of the Spider-Verse, you may be a little lost, but the “Previously” page does a great job catching you up on the origins of the character. But besides that, this issue was damn near perfect.

hipster gwen

Hipster Gwen


The Final Say:
Go buy this right now. Get this before it sells out like Edge of Spider-Verse #2 did. Gwen may be you new favorite spider. I know she’s mine now. I can’t stress enough how much I loved this issue. I have high hopes that the creative team will be able to keep up the great work, and I am excited to read next months issue! This comic gets a great score of 5 out of 5. It had everything you could possibly want in a comic and it’s a great start for a new vigilante hero. Once you read your issue of Spider-Gwen, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

Music Pairing:
For this, I think you’ll want to listen to some Riot Grrrl music while you read. I suggest the always awesome Bikini Kill…