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Review – Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (Marvel Comics)

Gwenpool Strikes Back #3
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Summary

Writer: Leah Williams
Artist: David Baldeon
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: October 9th, 2019

Gwenpool’s fight for relevancy and ratings continues in Gwenpool Strikes Back #3. What antics will our chaotic character come up with this time?

 

Gwen’s Fight Continues in Gwenpool Strikes Back #3

And once again Gwen’s battle for relevancy and ratings continues in Gwenpool Strikes Back #3. So far, we’ve seen Gwen take on Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four—alongside a certain red-wearing ally. So what could she possibly get up to next? The cover will give fans an idea of what is to come, as per usual.

Gwen has been aware for a while now that in her case, there’s a lot more at stake than just getting her own series once again. Her trials bring some frequently overlooked elements of comic books to the forefront—comic sales.

Having a character that breaks the fourth wall and being aware of her comic sales is an interesting concept. And it’s a plot that this series can easily run away with. But since this is Gwenpool we’re talking about, things are pushed to the craziest extent possible.

Writing

Gwenpool Strikes Back #3(Marvel Comics)cover art by Terry Dodson
Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (Marvel Comics) cover art by Terry Dodson

Gwenpool Strikes Back has been an amazing series, especially for long-standing fans of our chaotic lead. But the third issue in the series somehow managed to bring things to a whole new level—in all the best ways.

Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 is a shining example of fourth-wall-breaking and character interactions. Leah Williams perfectly balances these two elements, creating a shockingly intense plot from what is typically a comical series. Though don’t get me wrong, there are still funny moments to be found. They’re just balanced out with some absolutely insane moments along the way.

I can say with complete honesty that Gwenpool fans are going to love this issue. Not only does it do a brilliant job of showcasing her at her best—but it shows off her serious side as well. And everything in between, for that matter.

The writing for this issue surpasses the rest of the series—which up until now had been a delight. It looks like writers, characters, and artists are all starting to take things seriously. And so should the readers.

Along with addressing the heavier moments in this issue, Williams had to contend with a lot of characters and events that are happening outside of this series. The tongue-in-cheek humor and commentary was an excellent touch.

Art

The artists behind Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 are absolutely having a blast with this series. There’s officially no room for doubt on that front. In fact, David Baldeon himself made a cameo in this issue, but I’m not going to spoil the details surrounding that little bit.

Baldeon was the lead artist, and he was supported by Jesus Aburtov (coloring) and VC’s Joe Caramagna (lettering). And together? They made something truly outstanding. This issue easily had more than twenty Marvel characters to portray, which is no easy task. But they did so exceptionally, while also maintaining the style of Gwenpool.

This issue was bright and fun. Except when it needed to be intense. In one issue, they were able to prove that this style can adapt remarkably well to different tones within the series. And that’s perfect because Gwen is done playing around.

Conclusion

Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 was an amazingly intense and brilliant read. It’s quite possibly the best in the series. And that’s coming from somebody that has loved the series up until now. There was almost too much packed into this issue to talk about in a single review, but in many ways that perfectly fit Gwen and her story.

This issue is giving me hope that we’ll see more of Gwen in another series down the line. Perhaps that is merely wishful thinking. Only time will tell.


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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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