Review – Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5 (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5
  • Writing - 8.5/10
  • Art - 9/10
  • Overall - 8.75/10
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Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Bengal
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: February 13th, 2019

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5 has Gwen back home and safe after Spider-Geddon. Now she just wants to get back to her normal life. Well, normal by her standards.


Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5 Has Gwen Just Wanting to Get Back to Normal

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5 shows us a Gwen that just wants to get back to her normal life. Well, normal for Gwen, that is. Which is anything but. After all, she’s still a crime-fighting superhero, a member of a rock band, the daughter of a cop, oh and let’s not forget that symbiote suit of hers.

Honestly, after the intensity of the last issue, it’s kind of refreshing to see Gwen a bit more down-to-Earth. What she did was great, and it was certainly the right thing to do. But now she really does need to ground herself. And we could use a break too, something lighter and a bit more relaxing.


Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #5 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Bengal
Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #5 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Bengal

Seanan McGuire did a great job of recognizing the fact that her readers may need a break after what went on in the first four issues of the series. Gwen has been through a lot lately and, by proxy, so have her readers. Seeing Gwen go back to her roots was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5 did a good job of showing us the daily struggles Gwen has to deal with. They’re not exactly normal, but they do go a long way in humanizing her character even more. Especially when one considers that a lot of these struggles are based around survivor’s guilt.

The issue may have felt light and more casual in comparison to what we’ve been dealing with. But it still covered a lot of ground. Multiple characters and examples were brought to the forefront to give us an immediate, yet strong sense of what was going on in Gwen’s world. Yet, at no point did any of the issue feel rushed.

I think that this issue will end up being the perfect base work for the next few issues to bounce off of. Anybody that’s new to the series now knows exactly what Gwen is up against, even if they don’t quite understand all of the whys behind it.


The artwork in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5 was brilliant. I’ve always enjoyed Spider-Gwen’s design, something I’m sure I’ve said more than once. But I do feel like the new creative team is really running with that, slowly bringing the world to better suit her design.

Takeshi Miyazawa was the artist for this issue, and I have to say that some of the expressions she rendered were pure comedy—with intention. Gwen’s reactions to some of the…situations she encountered were hilarious and added a lighter note to the issue.

Ian Herring’s colors perfectly complemented the lines, and I’m especially fond of the brighter colors used. I love this trend in particular, so I may be a bit biased here. Clayton Cowles did the lettering, something I’m not going to complain about since he’s one of my favorite letterers. His work is always complementary and unobtrusive.


After everything that has been happening in Gwen’s life, I really do think that she earned a bit of a break. This series has gone a long way in reminding us that she’s human, and any human has a breaking point. It’s nice to see Gwen come down for a bit and try to get a balance going in her life.

I don’t know how long this relative calm is going to last—my money is on it not being long—but it’s a refreshing change of pace. I also love that this issue effortlessly set the setting in Gwen’s Earth, so that any new fans could easily catch on.

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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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