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Review – Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #3

SPIDER-GWEN GHOST SPIDER #3 COVER BY BENGAL A
SPIDER-GWEN GHOST SPIDER #3 COVER BY BENGAL
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Summary

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Aosi Kampe
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Bengal
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: December 12th, 2018

Seanan McGuire has taken over writing for Spider-Gwen and she has been working on rebranding the character, now to be also known as Ghost Spider. The girl from Earth 65 has had to deal with a lot in her time in this different universe, while all she really wants to do is get back to the fight with the Inheritors.

 

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #3 Continues Gwen’s Quest Back Home

 

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #3 shows Gwen’s continued determination to get back to the fight against the Inheritors. If you don’t know what that is all about, then I would highly suggest that you go and read Spider-Geddon before diving into this series. That or just be okay with getting some spoilers. It’s understandable that Gwen fears for the fate of all her friends, and the Inheritors pose the biggest threat known to all the spider-oriented characters.

Writing

SPIDER-GWEN GHOST SPIDER #3 VARIANT COVER BY CARLOS PACHECO
SPIDER-GWEN GHOST SPIDER #3 VARIANT COVER BY CARLOS PACHECO

Seanan McGuire has taken Spider-Gwen to whole new levels with this new series. Gwen has always been an interesting character, but it’s always felt like there was something missing with her whole Spider-Woman series. Perhaps it was the duality of her name; she’s called Spider-Gwen outside of her comics, but Spider-Woman in her world. It’s a bit confusing for some. Seanan McGuire seems to have picked up on that fact though, as she’s constantly poking fun at the fact that the girl needs a new name. It’s pretty obvious from the series that what that name will be (here’s a hint: Ghost Spider). Despite that, it has been enjoyable watching Gwen reach that point on her own.

The series, on the whole, enjoys poking fun at the extended history and cast of the many spider series. Sometimes it’ll be a little jab, like pointing out the age differences, other times it’ll be a flat out (but still somewhat subtle) reference to something that happened in the movie incarnations. It is borderline fourth wall breaking, but without actually crossing any of those lines. It does a great job of adding a strong sense of humor, showing that the series is okay with not taking itself too seriously.

In the past three issues, we’ve been seeing a lot of variant characters specific to this universe. There’s an alternate Peter Parker and MJ, as well as an alternate Spider-Man and Green Goblin. You’d think that it would get tiring to see variation upon variation…but these ones didn’t feel that way at all. They are interesting and so human; despite the very short amount of time that we had to get to know them. You can see how much time and thought was put into their characters.

The tension in this issue was perfectly balanced. There were a couple more intense points, as there should be. But there were also moments of humor strewn about to help level out our emotions. Admittedly the chosen character for comic relief added a certain extra level of humor…but we’ll let that be a surprise for the readers.

Art

The artists Aosi Kampe and Ian Herrin work together so flawlessly in this issue. Aosi Kempe shows a fondness of using lines for motion that’s further enhanced by Ian Herring’s preference for bold and solid colors. It made a few scenes in particular really stand out.

What was really interesting was the juxtaposition between the investigative scenes versus the scenes of action. The scenes where we see out team researching (and no, I won’t spoil it by saying what they’re working on) have duller and more muted colors all around. Gwen is the brightest thing in the room, from her hair to her clothes. The other characters were muted colors, and even the background is less attention-grabbing.

Meanwhile, the more interesting looking scenes (ie: the fighting scenes) have vibrant colors all around. Even when black is used heavily on a page it still doesn’t come off as dark, because it’s contrasted by a brighter color (usually a bright purple or teal). 

Conclusion

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider is proving to be a really fun and interesting read. Thanks to the combined efforts of the creative team her character is slowly evolving into something new. They’re covering the changes well though; having it all be a quest where Gwen is trying to find herself.

The issue does conclude the current plot though, so it’ll be interesting to see what the format of future issues will be like. How much will Spider-Geddon/the Inheritors affect Ghost Spider’s hopes and plans? Will Gwen be heading home to rejoin the fight. Or will she find it’s already over? Either option will dramatically alter the next few issues, in all likelihood, so it should be interesting!


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