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Review – Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (Marvel Comics)

Gwenpool Strikes Back #1
Overall
9.3/10
9.3/10
  • Writing - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 9.25/10
    9.3/10
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Summary

Author: Leah Williams
Artist: David Baldeon
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’S Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: August 14th, 2019

Gwenpool is back in Gwenpool Strikes Back #1, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to continue making appearances in the Marvel world.

 

Gwenpool is Back and Ready for a Fight in Gwenpool Strikes Back #1

Fans of Gwenpool, rejoice! Our beloved chaotic entity is back for an all-new adventure. This time around, Gwen is only getting a five-issue series, but at least we know the length of the series going into it.

For those that haven’t been following her until now: no, Gwenpool is NOT a female Deadpool, nor is she Gwen Stacy. She’s Gwenpool, aka Gwendolyn Poole. She originated in our universe (yes, as in the universe that the readers exist in) but managed to get herself into the world she loves so much—Earth 616. Ever since she’s been a force of entertainment and chaos.

Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Terry Dodson
Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Terry Dodson

Gwenpool is one of the few characters who consistently breaks the fourth wall (to put it mildly), thus Gwen is aware of her status as a comic book character, and what that means for her fate if this series doesn’t go well. It’s an interesting twist, and one perfectly suited for such a unique character.

Because of this, Gwen is ready for a fight in Gwenpool Strikes Back #1. She’s not just trying to save her series here—she’s trying to save her very existence. And she’s not afraid to fight dirty.

Writing

Leah Williams has officially taken over the helm for Gwenpool Strikes Back #1, and it’s already clear that she’s going to have a lot of fun with this miniseries. To be fair, there’s a lot of potential for insanity and quirky moments in Gwen’s life, so this isn’t terribly shocking.

I’ll confess that while I was excited about this issue, I had been slightly concerned about it. It was going to be Gwenpool’s first solo series without Christopher Hastings, and I honestly didn’t know how to feel about that. That being said—I’m no longer concerned about this series. In fact, I’m already lamenting that it’ll only be five issues long. Perhaps if it sells well enough we’ll see the series get picked back up. One can hope!

This issue was everything I had hoped it would be. It covered everything that Gwen had been doing up until now—but not in a boring monologue way; that’s not Gwen’s style. What you get is exponentially more…quirky.

Along with everything else to be expected due to Gwen’s presence, there’s a cameo in this issue. You can already guess who it is, thanks to the cover and description. But the issue still managed to throw several fun and surprising twists into the mix.

Art

Do you remember what Gwenpool looked like when she first made her appearance in Marvel comics? With the sharper edges and comic style that generally matched the other Marvel characters better? That’s more or less how Gwen looks now in Gwenpool Strikes Back #1. She’s lost the soft edges added during The Unbelievable Gwenpool run, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

You can tell that the artists behind this issue had a lot of fun doing their jobs, and who can blame them? Gwen provides a unique opportunity to show some truly crazy scenes, including but not limited to comic book edges and the like.

David Baldeon provided the lines, while Jesus Aburtov did the coloring for this issue. And here’s hoping they stay on for the entire project because their style really worked here. And again, they were totally having a blast in the process. 

Conclusion

Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 is perfect for fans who have been lamenting her series loss. And it is especially soothing for those lamenting her loss once again, with the cancellation of West Coast Avengers. Sure, we’ll have to deal with that loss all over again when the series concludes. But perhaps we’ll get the ending we’ve been hoping for, or an open-ended opportunity to see her again.

While this series is clearly marketed towards fans of her series, I honestly do think new fans could pick up the story here and be just fine. Enough backstory is explained in the beginning for it to make sense—even if some of the referential humor will be lost.

This issue left us off anxious for the next release. If you’re curious about what I mean there, go ahead and check out the cover for Gwenpool Strikes Back #2. That image alone says it all.


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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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