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. 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!
COLLECTING EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 AND SPIDER-GWEN #1-5, WRITTEN BY JASON LATOUR AND ILLUSTRATED BY ROBBIE RODRIGUEZ.
First off, I must say that I probably should’ve read Spider-Verse first before starting this series. I didn’t miss out on too much but I do think some further insight would’ve helped things in the beginning make sense.
I’ve never read any Spider-Woman comic before and who better to start with than Gwen, since I’ve always liked her. My sister has already delved into this particular universe and made me curious so I thought I’d check it out myself. Not much goes on in this volume, if I’m being honest. This wasn’t an introduction of any characters, but merely a continuation of a story that’s already been outlined. It wasn’t difficult to catch up and the fact that I was joining in mid-‘verse didn’t take away from the enjoyment.
There are quite a few parallels in this ‘verse which I thought was a welcome change. Sometimes we’re presented with the same characters doing the same things, and while I like that ‘routine’ sense of things, switching things up a bit is always awesome.
There were a few minor villains that appeared that I’ve never really cared about so I was waiting for the big shoe to drop. And drop it did. One thing to note is that there is always a bigger shoe. This is when I started being a bit creeped out because characters that I’d already become accustomed to being a certain way were these opposites that I now had to get used to. I feel like with these multiple universes, anything is possible so the story can literally go any direction.
While I was reading, I thought about how in many comics there are your bad guys and your good guys and it’s usually a solid black and white, no grey area. I was wondering if it had to be either or. Where was the in between? As we neared the end, one of the characters brought this up (inception!) and said that everything is in fact not black and white and eyes needed to be opened to see the bigger picture. Dude’s not wrong.
I did enjoy reading this volume and I very much hope to continue this series and see what else Latour has in store for us.
Read: 9 April 2017