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Review – Ghost-Spider #3 (Marvel Comics)

Ghost-Spider #3 (Marvel Comics) Mary Jane variant cover (detail) by Russell Dauterman
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  • Art - 8.5/10
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Ghost-Spider #3

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Inks: Takeshi Miyazawa & Rosi Kampe
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: October 23rd, 2019

Ghost-Spider #3 continues the build-up of several different antagonists, courtesy of Gwen’s time spent between two dimensions.

 

Juggling the Drama of Two Dimensions in Ghost-Spider #3

Ghost-Spider #3 brings us a confident and happy Gwen Stacy—perhaps a little too confident, as she seems to keep tempting fate. And you know that never works out well for anybody wearing the Spider Mantle.

Gwen has settled into her routine of jumping dimensions to go to school. So far, it seems like she’s hit a perfect balance. But anybody who has read comics for any length of time knows that sooner or later, something’s gotta give. After all, Gwen is now stuck in a unique position; while it may seem like she’s getting the best of both worlds, the truth is that she’s being set up to deal with the drama and danger from two dimensions.

Writing

Ghost-Spider #3 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Jorge Molina
Ghost-Spider #3 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Jorge Molina

Seanan McGuire has been doing an excellent job of weaving together multiple plotlines into one dynamic story. And Ghost-Spider #19 went above and beyond to remind us of all the dangers lurking just outside of Gwen’s sight. Both dimensions seem to have their own antagonists, one focused on taking over the city, the other alarmingly obsessed with Gwen. While their motives may be different, we fans just know that it’s going to get messy for our Ghost-Spider.

This issue spent a lot of time setting up for something much larger. We were given a chance to see into the minds of two of Gwen’s enemies, which did a lot for increasing the tension of the series. What hit harder, however, was the unexpected event that Gwen stumbled across. That is one of those moments that’s gonna hit you in the feels, so consider yourself warned.

Looking back on this issue, I’m finding myself more and more excited to see how this is going to pan out. It’s not every day you get to see something as complicated as this develop. I’m going to be curious to see how Gwen handles it when it all comes out into the open.

Art

Ghost-Spider #3 hosted some fantastic artwork, but that’s probably no surprise to its fans. The artists behind this issue had a chance to show off a bit, between Gwen’s different universes, and all of the antagonists roaming around.

There was one scene in particular that had a lot of impact in it, and that had a lot to do with the artistic decisions made. It was an interesting plot, of course, but the portrayal of that moment added a little extra “oomph” to what was happening.

Takeshi Miyazawa was the lead artist for this issue, but they also worked on the inking alongside Rosi Kampe. Ian Herring provided the colors, which, I’ll confess, I’m absolutely loving. And VC’s Clayton Cowles did the lettering for this issue.

Conclusion

Ghost-Spider #3 did an excellent job of telling us three stories (perhaps four) all at the same time. And while we can assume that at some point those plots are going to merge, we don’t yet know how. And I, for one, am looking forward to seeing it happen.

This issue also balanced the heavy with the funny, which is a classic Spider-Man trait. It’s wonderful to see it making such a strong appearance in Gwen’s story.


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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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