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Spider-Gwen (I) #2 (of 5)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

Who is the Vulture?

Gwen finds herself between a rock, (this vulture), and a hard place, (the entire NYPD)!

Don’t miss this second issue of the Spider-Character who set the world on fire!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
23 pages
Language
English
Price
$1.99
Amazon ASIN
B00ZO1YA0Q

Colorist
Cover Artist

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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Pop Culture Uncovered

    While this is a comic that a lot of people have hitched their wagon to, its happened for well-deserved reasons. This comic may be the next big thing, but this is one of those rare times where popularity and quality are in synchronization. This is a creative team that could simply have done Emma Stone in a Spider-Woman costume and left it at that, but instead it revamped her from the bottom up into a character that channels the spirit of the Spider-Man mythos but redefines it for the 21st century. Definitely go out and get it, even if you’ve missed the first issue.

  • 90

    Comicosity

    Let me get this out of the way right off the bat: I love this friggin’ comic and just as I suspected, Spider-Gwen #2 knocks it’s initial debut right out of the park. If I were to describe it in one phrase it would be “punk rock” and for more reasons aside from all the musical references, but those are pretty cool all on their own. Gwen Stacy is “Spider-Woman” in this universe and it seems as though she’s more of an anti-hero at this point than the “super” variety that we knew Spider-Man to be. This angle is one of many that intrigue me. Another is the fact that we don’t know what has happened to Peter Parker. Where is he? What is Gwen’s involvement in his current whereabouts? What we do have though, is Spider-Ham (yes, Spider-Ham) who, despite my premature wariness, is arguably the highlight of this entire comic.

    There is a myriad of familiar faces that could either please or infuriate depending on your relationship with these characters. Personally, I could not be more thrilled with this universe and it’s incarnations. Those who are not familiar with or not a fan of previous “Spider” books will find this book completely different from what they are used to and may just get over their arachnophobia for Gwen Stacy. Jason Latour has quickly climbed his way to the top in the last few years and Spider-Gwen is definitely his crowning glory.

    Robbi Rodriguez provides Latour the literary version of a “high five” with his accompanying modern and gorgeous artwork. Rodriguez’s meticulous work with shade and contrast are incomparable, a rose by any other name would not smell as sweet in this case. This book would not be as exciting or stimulating without his imaginative take on Latour’s story. Let’s not forget Rico Renzi’s use of color either, reminding us with a bang of pastels and brights that we aren’t in Kansas anymore, or our 616 universe more appropriately. If I had one request, it would be for more spider-gwen because once a month just won’t be enough!

  • 90

    Unleash The Fanboy

    Jason Latour continues to be a star writer. He allows the character and world grow together, which makes this comic book special. It is unique and different. However, the dialogue is what shines the most. It is clever and fun and really is modernized. It is spot on.

    Robbi Rodriguez brings the world to life with his special pop art. It is so sleek and cool to look at. Don’t get me wrong, I think that traditional comic book art is amazing but this is different, in the best way, and just gives it a fantastic vibe.

    Spider-Gwen continues to be the heroine that we deserve.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    Spider-Gwen is starting to find its feet and voice with this installment, but with the way it also has to expose us to more of how this world/timeline works, there feels like there’s so much you want to know that’s not getting touched on just yet. Which is good, because there’s so much to explore. The further we get away from the Spider-Verse, the more enjoyable this book will become… though I’m quite glad to have the Spider-Ham show up for this issue to mess with her mind a bit. Gwen’s life is a typical mess that you find with most of those who wear the Spider mantle and there’s definitely some fun little quirks to it owing to who she is. The dynamic overall is one that’s hitting a lot of good notes as we get to understand how this world works and what it can offer. I’m definitely enjoying it, both for the story it wants to tell and the great artwork and panel layout that helps to make it engaging and intriguing, especially with some of the things we see in the backgrounds.

  • 80

    IGN

    Spider-Gwen #1 did a great job of building from the heroine’s debut in Spider-Verse, but it didn’t do much to establish a clear, overarching conflict for Gwen. Issue #2 makes some steps in the right direction as it fleshes out Kingpin and other familiar Marvel faces who have been drastically re-imagined for this universe. That said, it’s still hard to quantify what the conflict or central antagonist of this series are. The core appeal is still gwen herself. Her sharp voice is only further enhanced by the addition of Spider-Ham as a Bat-Mite-like manifestation of her troubled psyche. Gwen and her circle of friends have a real vitality and punk rock charm about them. The art is key in that regard, marrying the old 1960’s Spider-Man cartoon with a neon-soaked, back alley aesthetic. This series has no trouble standing out amid the crowd of Spider-books. But it could stand to to offer readers a better sense of what struggles Gwen will face over the long haul.

  • 60

    Razorfine

    Set on an alternate Earth where Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider, I felt a bit lost reading the first issue of the series that, other than the look of Gwen as this world’s Spider-Woman, did little to sell me on the concept. The second issue, which picks up following our heroine getting her ass kicked by the Vulture, is a little more entertaining thanks in large part to the appearance of Spider-Ham as a delusional sidekick only the heavily-concussed Spider-Gwen can see and hear.

    The rest of the comic continues the storyline from the first issue as Gwen puts off dealing with both her father and the Mary Janes, each interested in finding Gwen for different reasons. We also learn George Stacy has been replaced on the Spider-Woman case by this world’s Frank Castle who appears only moderately more reasonable than the regular Marvel Universe version.

    Other than Gwen (and the hallucinatory pig) the only variation of a well-known character that has caught my eye is that of crime lawyer Matt Murdock who is going to have to be given a much larger role to keep my interest (especially if the end of Gwen’s concussion means farewell to Spider-Ham). For fans.

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