Spider Gwen Volume 1

I have heard nothing but the best about Spider Gwen. It’s been out for quite some time, I know, but I wanted to check it out no matter how late I was. The book is beautiful, and the story is interesting, so let’s get into it.

Peter Parker is dead, after trying to give himself the same powers as Gwen Stacy. It seems like he kind of Doc Oct’d it, and it didn’t work out. Since SG was with Parker when he died, she gets blamed by the police, Jameson, and even Aunt May. But, she was trying to stop him.

Gwen Stacy is a busy gal. She’s part of a rad band (the Mary Janes) led by the one and only Mary Jane. But she’s also Spider Gwen. This book focuses on hardships within the band, Gwen’s reveal of who SG is to her father (a detective), and Gwen dealing with the guilt of Parker’s death.

I didn’t like this book, and that statement disappoints me. I have heard wonderful things about this comic, but it just didn’t hit the notes I guess I needed. The art and the colors, however, are almost enough to keep me interested. Rico Renzi (colorist) does a phenomenal job; colors that we don’t usually see in comics are screaming off of the page, and it’s incredible.

I think the hype killed this book for me. Having heard nothin but rave reviews probably had a lot to do with my incredibly high expectations. Since they weren’t met, I’m more bummed about it. It could also be that I’m not a huge spider fan. Who knows.

I won’t be grabbing Volume 2, but if you enjoyed Volume 1, don’t let my words discourage you from reading. At the end of the day, this is a comic about a rad female hero who is dealing with the public’s nonsense, and what’s more relatable than that?













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