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Ghost-Spider #7

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Ig Guara
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: February 19th, 2020

Ghost-Spider #7 is lining Gwen up to clash against a classic antagonist, one who has vested interest in the two newest additions to her universe.

 

Powers and Privilege in Ghost-Spider #7

Gwen Stacy, aka Ghost-Spider, hails from Earth 65. In this universe, things and people tend to be vastly different from what we’re used to seeing. Ghost-Spider #7 further reinforces that fact, as we get to know two variants on fan-favorite heroes.

Gwen’s universe is both similar and dissimilar from Earth 616. That’s something the fans have learned by this point. But sometimes those differences can be quite shocking. Especially when a character who is typically a hero or antagonist rears their head.

Ghost Spider #7 Cover by Paul Pop
Main Cover by Paul Pop

Perhaps that is the reason why this new plot is so exciting—we’re about to dive headfirst into the story of two beloved characters. Or, rather, their alternate versions. But what sort of changes will be in store?

Writing

Ghost-Spider #7 is really several different stories wrapped into a single issue. We know that eventually, these plots will end up merging together. But for now, they’re still distinct, and as such require careful planning.

On the bright side, Seanan McGuire has proven again and again to her fans that she’s fully capable of complex plots. So juggling a few new characters arcs is no big deal for her. That is evidenced here, with an issue full of flashbacks, introductions, and personal concerns (for Gwen, that is).

This issue was interesting, for several different reasons. Gwen’s crime-fighting is always a plus (and is almost used as comic relief here), as is her love for her father. Then there’s the new antagonist (presumably) on the scene, alongside the new characters…who are surely going to complicate Gwen’s happy balance.

This is one of those plots that raises dozens of questions in the early game. I have no doubt that they’ll be answered in time—but, boy, am I looking forward to finding out those answers. It’s also a fitting theme, given everything that Gwen has gone through.

Art

Ghost-Spider #7 has a lot of artwork worth talking about. There are two distinct timelines, as well as several different perspectives. All of these changes are immediately clear, thanks to color palette changes and other subtle indicators.

One thing I really love about this issue is how casually the spider imagery is woven into Gwen’s daily life. Given that her suit is literally made up of hundreds of little spiders, this makes sense. But it’s nice to see the artists running with that.

Ig Guara is the lead artist for this issue, providing the lines and framework. I’m especially partial to the subtle indications of a costume change on Gwen’s part (she changes outfits several times in this one issue). It may be a small thing to compliment, but it really enhanced the experience.

Ian Herring was the one responsible for the coloring, and their work is fantastic. The colors really make this issue. They’re bright and vibrant, especially around Gwen. It makes her story feel so much more alive, and provides an interesting juxtaposition for the past (and the characters involved).

Finally, VC’s Clayton Cowles was the letterer for this issue, and they did a brilliant job. The sound effects, in particular, are really standout, but everything about the letters has clearly been carefully planned out.

Conclusion

Ghost-Spider #7 was a fascinating read, one that brought two new characters to the forefront, alongside an old antagonist to counter their appearance. I, for one, am insanely excited to see where this goes. The whole new plot is balanced out nicely by the new harmony that Gwen seems to have found in her own life.


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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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