Review – Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 (Marvel Comics)

Gwenpool Strikes Back #2
  • Writing - 9/10
  • Art - 9/10
  • Overall - 9/10
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Writer: Leah Williams
Artist: David Baldeon
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: M
Release Date: September 11th, 2019

Gwenpool’s fight for relevancy continues in Gwenpool Strikes Back #2, and as per usual, her crazy plan doesn’t work out quite as hoped.


Gwenpool’s Plan Isn’t So Foolproof in Gwenpool Strikes Back #2

Gwenpool is continuing her fight for relevancy (and her life) in Gwenpool Strikes Back #2. This series has been delightfully transparent about the risks a character faces when they’re constantly being canceled or shuffled from series to series. It helps that Gwen used to be a comic book reader, and thus knows how the system works. And let’s not forget her more chaotic nature and her way of resolving this little mess of hers. The last issue showed us Gwen’s attempt to get her powers back. And this issue brings us a Gwen trying to get some notoriety in the world (of Earth 616, that is).

This series is perfect for fans of Gwenpool, as it has all of the humor and quips we’ve come to love about her. And, as the message of the series is all about this, make sure to pick up a copy of this series (or any other series that you love) to make sure that it continues.


Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Terry Dodson
Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Terry Dodson

Gwenpool may not be the best planner, as it turns out. That’s probably not a big shock, is it? But at least it results in a fun and chaotic issue, full of cameos and banter. Leah Williams really does seem to have captured everything that makes Gwenpool so entertaining and fun to read.

Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 starts off with a bang—that is, it wastes no time in letting Gwen off the leash to do what she does best. Giving her a partner in crime that is just as chaotic as she is was merely inviting trouble. Or fun. Whichever. This issue did a brilliant job of showing off all these funny points, while also recognizing Gwen’s past and abilities (such as knowing everything because of her obsessive comic reading). It really is a great follow-up to The Unbelievable Gwenpool.

This issue does end in a bit of a cliffhanger. Not a major one, by any means. Just enough so that we know this plot isn’t even remotely wrapped up. And that Gwen is likely in for a spot of trouble in her next issue…which is about par for the course.


The creative team behind Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 has clearly been having a ton of fun working on this issue. The first series of panels alone is enough to get most people cracking up. And there are a few other panels where the artwork really does perfectly support (if not enhance) the insanity that is Gwen Poole.

Thankfully, the creative team is the same for this issue as the first one. David Baldeon was the lead artist, and his expressions and antics were so much fun in this issue. Jesus Aburtov’s color brought it all to life, especially that iconic pink costume of Gwen’s. And finally, VC’s Joe Caramagna. He had to deal with two totally different characters that always get colored speech and thought bubbles. But he handled it perfectly.


Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 is just as chaotic and insane as fans were hoping. Gwen’s desperation about her situation is hitting new heights, and it’s forcing her to take some bigger risks. But at least that means her series has been truly hilarious and fun to read.

A lot of this series could be interpreted as a commentary on the need to buy comics you love. And there is a certain point to that. The series with lower numbers (IE: Gwen’s previous series) get canceled. And while that is a shame, it is also a fact of life. Unfortunately, the cancellation means something much darker for this quirky little lady…

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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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