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Spider-Gwen (I) #1 (of 5)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.

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!

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
23 pages
Language
English
Price
$1.99
Amazon ASIN
B00ZO11F9A

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Cover Artist

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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comics: The Gathering

    Based on Spider-Gwen’s major success and fans’ determination for more, the creative team behind it all has clearly put their all in one of the more entertaining series to date. It’s humourous yet still with dramatic story and action, along with it’s bright colours and overall distinct comic style makes for a remarkably pleasurable read.

  • 100

    Doom Rocket

    Latour, an accomplished comic artist himself (have you been reading Image’s Southern Bastards? Because you damn well should be), is writing for an artist whose strengths he knows well, and that really allows for artist Robbi Rodriguez to shine. The book is blessedly never dialogue-heavy, never unnecessarily wordy. The art is allowed to do just as much talking, and the dialogue that we’re treated to is snappy and smart (particularly some of the one-liners Gwen tosses the Vulture’s way: “You’d know confused, wouldn’t you, Gramps.“) She doesn’t approach Peter Parker’s constant near-cheesiness though; Latour maintains Gwen at a level of stark coolness that Parker could only dream of.

  • 100

    Comic Vine

    Spider-Gwen is here and we can all rejoice. Gwen Stacy may be a classic and beloved character but Jason Latour has taken a great character and made her even more fascinating. Robbi Rodriguez’s art and Rico Renzi’s colors gives this book a fresh and unique feel that just looks so dang good. Even though this book is full of familiar characters, there is a new take given to many of them. It’s like we’re new characters yet we’ve somehow seen them before in a dream. This is a series you’ll want to read for a long long time. Make sure you pick this book up. You’ll be happy you did.

  • 100

    Pop Culture Uncovered

    Spider-Gwen is coming in with a lot of expectations and heat riding behind it. While it’s easy to see why this version of Gwen Stacy’s debut in Edge of Spider-Verse got so much attention, seeing an ongoing spin out of it was not one of the outcomes I imagined. Yet here we are. Thankfully though, Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi prove their initial debut demanded the expansion.

    Spider-Gwen #1 picks up right after Spider-Verse and returns Gwen to the life she’d left in shambles in her first appearance. With minimal spoilers, the story wastes no time in showing how meeting a living Peter Parker (and a pig in a costume) altered her life, and ushers her back into a world where she’s a threat and a menace. While all this is going on, Latour and Rodriguez do a fantastic job of setting up their version of the Marvel Universe. The plot and ending of Edge of Spider-Verse #2 had suggested her father who was hunting Spider-Woman for her part in Peter Parker’s death would come to blows, what’s done here is even better.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    What defines Spider-Gwen most to me is the propulsive feeling of the book. It’s all about movement and action, both literally and metaphorically. Gwen is a young woman on the run. Not only is she being chased by police, but she’s trying to make a life for herself just as it seems to be falling apart. She been kicked out of her band The Mary Janes, and she isn’t sure where she stands with any of her family or friends. Life is moving fast for Gwen and she’s barely keeping one foot ahead of the crumbling bridge behind her.

    The velocity at which her life appears to move is significantly enhanced by the work of Rodriguez and Renzi. Their instincts for superhero storytelling are undeniable. Each panel is crafted to speed the story along, never giving the reader or any of the characters much of a break. Drawing a back alley brawl, the revelation of a new character, or an investigative sequence, Rodriguez does not waste an iota of space. Every panel serves a purpose.

  • 90

    Weekly Comic Book Review

    Spider-Gwen is truly an alternate take on Spider-Man, in the sense that we get to see our favorite themes and favorite character types play out in different situations. (Although it comes dangerously close to being too unbalanced by cramming more of one than the other at different times.) All of it would be pretty standard stuff, though, without the signature art from both the pencils/colors and letters, creating a unique voice that’s contemporary and youthful among the classic tropes.

  • 90

    Unleash The Fanboy

    Jason Latour continues the story of an awesome heroine with his suave writing style. You start to really get a feel for the character and he does some really great stuff with Gwen. My only complaint is that the issue was a little spastic in the beginning but then leveled out. All things considered Latour did a great job.

    Robbie Rodriguez delivers fantastic art that really adds another dimension to the book. It looks sleek and eye popping from the first page to the final panel. It has that futuristic look without it being a future comic. To sum up: it was totally gorgeous!

    Spider-Gwen #1 is a fantastic start to a kick-ass heroine.

  • 86

    Nerds On The Rocks

    I’m glad there is a refresher on Gwen’s Edge of Spider-Verse issue in this because this picks back up two days after she returns to her universe in Amazing Spider-Man #15 this week. And this story dives right in and we get to see the aftermath of Captain Stacy finding out Gwen’s secret and the fallout of Gwen leaving the band after the attack during the Mary Janes concert in Edge of Spider-Verse. Also it is cool to see Gwen dealing with going from fighting in this epic battle to save all the spiders of the universe to stopping a mugger for 78 cents. I also enjoyed the familiar faces from our universe in slightly different roles. Overall, I liked the artwork. Some scenes are stronger than others but I think it really fits the tone of the book. The colors are great; they are simultaneously vibrant and subdued which leads to some great pages. I am definitely looking forward to what comes next in this book.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    One of the fun things with this kind of series is checking out the quirky changes. I like the loss of Peter with that story reverse, I like Gwen’s dad being around as it provides a new dynamic. I like seeing some normalized versions of people in how their lives could have gone here, such as Grimm. And I also like the nod we get to Frank Castle for a panel or two, as I hope it’s explored more. But a book cannot survive just by these aspects of it. Latour and Rodriguez have a pretty solid handle on things here and there is a sense of just getting back to basics first, and old school simple Spider-Man life with Gwen as the lead role, and then moving from there to really establishing itself. It makes sense to work with the well known villains and Toomes is an easy one to get it all started off with. Part of all of this is coming off of the Spider-Verse arc as well, which if you didn’t read they at least provide a brief partial recap of Gwen’s origin, though I felt it was too rushed overall. Right now it just feels like things are moving faster than they should, but that it’ll hit its groove soon enough. I’m intrigued to be sure.

  • 82

    IGN

    If you were captivated by Spider-Gwen’s debut last year, you’ll definitely want to check out this first issue. More than ever, Latour succeeds in establishing this heroine as a compelling character distinct from any other Spider-Man, Woman, Girl, or Animal. The books psychedelic, graffiti-influenced visuals also go a long way towards making this comic stand out. There isn’t a clear, overarching conflict that emerges in this first chapter, but the art, characterization, and clever subversions of familiar Marvel characters are more than enough to make this comic worthwhile.

  • 81

    Graphic Policy

    While there are some changes to the familiar, there is also a lot of what is just familiar. What has been characteristic of the new wave is that it has taken a new approach to these characters with new ideas, but Spider-Gwen for the time being seems to be more about recycled ideas with a new character. It is thus the weakest of the titles thus far, arguably not as good even as Silk. The series is not bad, only that it does not seem to be aiming as high as the others that have preceded it. Ironically due to the popularity of the character, it is also the one that is likely to survive the longest, and it would be nice therefore if the creative team tried something a little more.

  • 75

    Comicosity

    It reads more as an issue #2, continuing the story left off from Edge of Spider-Verse #2. Fans of Spider-Gwen clamored for more after that book. More is what as been provided. The background details coming into play make it wise that readers hold on through the first three to six issues to see if the payoff will be worth it. There is great foundation for what could be a unique story. For now, Latour is easing people in with familiar ideas and hidden references for returning readers.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    Even with that caveat in place, though, this is a kinetic, clever fun adventure that makes good use of its alternate-universe setting. The costume is amazing, but more importantly, the woman inside it is worth reading about and is well-used within these pages, even if she has no use for the likes of the Bodega Bandit and The Vulture. All in all, Spider-Gwen #1 is an impressive start to a book that fans clamored to see, with excellent art and an amazing cover, making for a darn fine premiere. Fingers crossed that somehow Mary Jane becomes a Green Goblin…

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