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Review – Ghost-Spider #4 (Marvel)

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Ghost-Spider #4

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Penciller: Takeshi Miyazawa
Inker: Rosi Kampe
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel
Released: November 27th, 2019
Maturity Rating: T+

Ghost-Spider #4 brings us a confident Gwen Stacy. This is a Gwen that has found the balance in her life. And yet there’s something dark lurking behind the shadows.

 

Gwen’s Hidden Enemy in Ghost-Spider #4

The tale continues in Ghost-Spider #4. Gwen Stacy, aka Ghost-Spider, aka Spider-Gwen has finally gotten a semblance of balance in her life. She’s now successfully juggling her social life, her hero life, school, and her band. And she’s doing so flawlessly.

But that makes us wonder when the other shoe is going to drop. After all, it’s not exactly common for any version of Spider-Hero of Gwen Stacy to have a long run of luck. That fact combined with the antagonist subplot building in the background has left fans curious – and concerned.

Still, it’s refreshing to see a version of Gwen that is happy and content. The girl could really use a break or two in her life, and it seems like she’s finally gotten just that. Once again, we’re reminded that there is a living and breathing person underneath that mask.

Writing

GhostSpider#4(Marvel Comics)Cover art by Jorge Molina
Ghost-Spider#4 (Marvel Comics) Cover Art by Jorge Molina

Seanan McGuire‘s Ghost-Spider has been a study in Gwen Stacy’s character. She’s still facing trials and dangers, but they’re of a different sort than she’s used. It’s excellent seeing her thrive in this new environment. And yet the tension is still being built, courtesy of the plots building behind Gwen’s back.

The balance is surprising but effective. So it probably shouldn’t be surprising that Ghost-Spider #4 takes this all a step further, increasing the obsession of the returned antagonist. The careful planning is evident in this issue, and that makes me concerned about what exactly will be in store for Gwen.

The last issue showed us a shocking event, one that hurt Gwen more than she expected. And frankly, it hurt us readers, more than expected as well. It was nice to get a bit of a follow-up, at least in the emotional sense. And it’s also a strong reminder that Gwen is a person first, and a hero second. And that’s she’s a being of extreme compassion.

This issue doesn’t end in a cliffhanger – but it will leave fans anxious and curious to see what the next issue has in store. It’s the right balance for a conclusion. It’s an attention-grabber, but it isn’t mean towards the readers.

Art

The artwork in Ghost-Spider #4 is fun and colorful, just like the rest of the series. The creative team behind this series has been having fun, showing us all of the extremes in Gwen’s life. From her superhero life to her more casual moments, it’s all woven into this issue.

Takeshi Miyazawa (pencils), Rosi Kampe (inks), Ian Herring (colors), and VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters) all worked together to bring us this issue, and they did an excellent job. There are many hidden details in the background, which enhanced both the plot and subplot of the series so far.

The portrayal of Gwen’s abilities and spider-sense were perhaps the highlights of this issue. Especially given how odd they’ve been acting as of late. But then there are also the expressions of Gwen and all of her friends – her relaxed face is such a pleasant change from what we’ve become so used to seeing.

Conclusion

Ghost-Spider #4 was another fun issue in this series. The tension has been building for four issues now, leaving fans wondering when it’s all going to burst. But we’re going to appreciate Gwen’s small (ish) break in the meantime.

The clever writing and brilliant artwork are combining nicely, giving fans a read that’s a change of pace from all of the other hero comics available. And that makes it memorable, even when there’s no epic battle going on.

 

 


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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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