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Review – Ghost-Spider #2 (Marvel Comics)

Ghost Spider #2(Marvel Comics) Cover art(detail) by Jorge Molina
Ghost Spider #2
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Summary

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Penciler: Takeshi Miyazawa
Inkers: Takeshi Miyazawa & Rosi Kampe
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: September 25th, 2019

Gwen is adjusting well to her time being spent between universes, as evidenced in Ghost-Spider #2. But fans are left concerned about all the things she’s missing.

 

A Whole (Not So) New World in Ghost-Spider #2

Gwen Stacey has been given a new lease on life, thanks to her access to other universes. And in Ghost-Spider #2, we see her adapting fairly well to things. She’s doing the best she can to balance out all of the demands in her life.

This issue was a strong reminder that whenever a hero’s life is starting to go perfectly, it simply means there’s something lingering in the shadows. That is doubly true for any of the spider characters, as nothing ever seems to go right for long with them.

Fans of alternate Marvel universes will likely enjoy a lot of the subtleties and humor in this issue. And trust me, there’s plenty of it. While this issue is setting up for a larger plot, it also never forgot the little things.

Writing

Ghost Spider #2 (Marvel Comics) Cover art by Jorge Molina
Ghost Spider #2 (Marvel Comics) Cover art by Jorge Molina

I’m going to let my bias show for a minute here: Seanan McGuire is the master of the foreshadowing arts. Ghost-Spider #2 is full of seemingly casual moments, but we all know that it’s merely the calm before the storm.

It was refreshing to get a chance to see Gwen in a calm and content state—minus her justified reaction in the beginning. And of course, it’s fascinating to see the differences between her universe and Earth 616.

The events going on just outside of Gwen’s peripherals were disturbing and exceedingly well written. It’s impossible not to get the chills, thinking about this creep working on his diabolical plot. Though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious to see how it plays out…

Art

The artwork for Spider-Gwen #2 is light, almost bubbly, and full of amazing colors, as always. The series has been balancing the more mundane scenes (read: Gwen going to school) with vibrant and interesting ones, such as her swinging around or an antagonist getting ready. It certainly keeps things interesting!

There’s something about the facial expressions that I found myself especially enjoying in this issue. Maybe it’s because, for the first time in a while, Gwen was able to look relaxed for more than a single panel at a time.

Takeshi Miyazawa was the penciler for this issue, though they also worked on some of the inking alongside Rosi Kampe. And Ian Herring was the colorist for this issue. These artists work great together, bringing Gwen’s world to life in a style almost completely unique to her.

And let’s not forget the letterer for this issue, VC’s Clayton Cowles. He’s quickly becoming my favorite letterer, and with good reason. He handled the not-insignificant amount of dialogue perfectly and had some fun with other elements.

Conclusion

Ghost-Spider #2 is most assuredly the calm before the storm. And while a fan would never actively root for something bad to happen to Gwen…it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. The foreshadowing in this issue was well done, being both creepy and interesting.

It’s hard to be patient for the next issue, but since we don’t have much of a choice, I guess us fans will just have to deal. But I really am looking forward to seeing how this all goes down.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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