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Review – Ghost-Spider #5 (Marvel Comics)

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Ghost-Spider #5

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artists: Takeshi Miyazawa and Ig Guara
Inkers: Rosi Kampe and Ig Guara
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: December 18th, 2019

Ghost-Spider #5 brings two famous antagonists in Gwen’s life together in the most unexpected of ways, and that means trouble for Ghost-Spider.

 

Seeing Double in Ghost-Spider #5

Multiple universes can result in a lot of strange dilemmas, such as having to face off against two copies of the same antagonist. That’s probably not something Gwen Stacy, Ghost-Spider was expecting to face. And yet, that is exactly what she comes up against in Ghost-Spider #5.

Gwen Stacy has made a new life for herself, courtesy of having access to two different Earths. But sometimes that means doubling up the trouble. You’d think that’s a fact that most Spider characters would be familiar with at this point. But everybody’s got to learn the hard way from time to time, right?

Ghost-Spider #5 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Jorge Molina
Ghost-Spider #5 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Jorge Molina

It has been refreshing to see Gwen getting control over her life once again. That being said, this is a plot that has been building for a while now, so it’s pretty satisfying to see it come to a head here.

Writing

Ghost-Spider #5 was an interesting and exciting issue. It balanced some great highs with a few truly alarming moments. It’s exactly the balance we’ve been hoping to see from Gwen’s story. And all of the stakes have been truly raised, thanks to this plot arc hitting critical mass.

Seanan McGuire nailed the creepy undertones required for this plot in Ghost-Spider #5. Everything about Miles Warren is disturbing—his behavior and tones feel so alarmingly familiar to something many people have experienced in their lives. And that only increases all of those creepy feelings.

The last several issues have been building up this plot, with the Jackal getting increasingly more obsessed with Gwen. This issue went a long way in letting that tension explode outward, while also showing just how unstable this character can be.

Despite all of those seriously creepy and disturbing tones, McGuire did manage to weave in a couple of feel-good moments. That balance has felt more vital than ever, with all of the personal threats to Gwen and her life.

Art

There’s a whole lot of groundwork that Ghost-Spider #5 had to cover. And yet the artistic team was able to keep up with all of it, even when that meant following the antagonists and all of their many contacts.

What was impressive about this issue was the level of expression and emotion shown on the characters. There were also several scenes that could have been a lot more graphic than they were, if not for some creative artistic license. It felt like the right call, in this case.

There were several artists working on this issue to make it what it was. Takeshi Miyazawa and Ig Guara were the lead artists for this issue. While Rosi Kampe did the inking, alongside Guara. Then there was coloring, which was provided by Ian Herring (I love his sense of colors). And finally, lettering was done by VC’s Clayton Cowles.

Conclusion

Ghost-Spider #5 was another fascinating installment in Gwen’s adventure. There’s something so satisfying about seeing the consequences of Gwen’s time spent on two different Earths. Not to mention that this is a plot that has been building for quite some time.

I’m personally looking forward to seeing how far this plot gets pushed. Also, I desperately want to see how the Bodega Bandit is doing. Anybody else?


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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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