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Ghost-Spider #8

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Ig Guara
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: March 18th, 2020

Ghost-Spider #8 is another dramatic issue, one that splits Gwen’s focus. She’s still dealing with her multi-dimensional mystery, but now she’s got another concern to deal with as well.

 

Multiverses and Strange Laws in Ghost-Spider #8

Gwen Stacy’s multi-dimensional adventures continue in Ghost-Spider #8. Once again, we’re reminded of all the differences in Gwen’s universe, not least of which is the difference between the classic heroes we know and their alternates in other dimensions.

The differences between Gwen’s world and Earth 616 have been fascinating. It also feels like they’ve been piling higher than ever—a fact that this plot will likely contribute towards. It will be interesting to see how all of it will come together.

Ghost-Spider #8 (Marvel Comics) cover by Takeshi Miyazawa
Ghost-Spider #8 (Marvel Comics) cover by Takeshi Miyazawa

Before I dive into this review, I did want to bring one thing up real quick. If you’re planning on reading Outlawed #1 this week, make a point of reading that first. Ghost-Spider #8 is going to directly reference events that happened in it and, thus, will contain spoilers. If you’re not planning on following that event, don’t worry! This issue will quickly get you up to speed, so you shouldn’t have any issues.

Writing

Ghost-Spider #8 is another fast-paced read, thanks in part to the fact that it feels like it is split neatly into two plots. There’s the plot revolving around the latest dimensional mystery, and then there’s the plot tying into Outlawed.

Both plots were fascinating, but for different reasons. I also love the way that Seanan McGuire balanced the two, giving them both space to exist and grow. It’s hard to say how much the two will end up interacting, and that’s part of why they work so well together here.

The steady buildup of the first plot is starting to become much more alarming with time. The foreshadowing is strong, to say the least. Considering how many different elements are being pulled into this one plot, that’s not terribly surprising.

Then there’s Outlawed. Or, more accurately, Gwen’s reaction to it. I rather like that it was an emotional take on what happened. It’s also refreshing to see how Gwen’s life is being affected by major events on Earth 616. It is something that McGuire could probably have glossed over, should she have desired it. But I’m grateful she gave us the insight, while also looking forward to seeing how it’ll develop.

Art

The artwork in Ghost-Spider #8 is superb. First, I want to draw your attention to the fantastic cover. I’m absolutely in love with it! Gwen rocking out on her drums, with her suit on full display. It looks amazing, don’t you think?

The artwork inside is equally remarkable. Once again, there are many little elements snuck into the sidelines. Just little moments of foreshadowing that may or may not amount to something. I love that these elements are being shown, rather than actively told.

Ig Guara was the lead artist for this issue, working alongside Ian Herring for the colors, and VC’s Clayton Cowles for lettering. Together they really went all-out for the artwork in this issue. There’s a wide array being portrayed, including emotional reactions, action, and impending drama.

As always, there are a few highlights that are truly outstanding. In this instance, I’d have to say it’s the way our artists have portrayed the movement of Gwen’s suit. It’s so raw and organic, as well as clearly being reactive. It’s perfect, not only in reminding us what it is, but as a device for showing us Gwen’s emotional state.

Conclusion

Ghost-Spider #8 was a shockingly intense issue, one that moved steadily forward with the main plot. All while providing insight into Gwen’s reaction on what is happening on Earth 616 (the “main” universe). I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing what the next issue brings with it. While this one does not end with a cliffhanger, it is more than enough to keep me on the edge of my seat in the meantime.


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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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