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Review – Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6 (Marvel)

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Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Bengal
Maturity Rating: Mature
Released: March 13th, 2019
Publisher: Marvel

With Gwen securely back home, but unable to go back to school or land a job, she’s got some decisions to make. Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6 shows her trying something new.

 

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6 Has Gwen Trying a New Career

 

Ever since coming home, Gwen has realized that while her time is all but spoken for, her options are surprisingly limited. She can’t continue her schoolwork, and she can’t get a job with her history. Well, she can, but she’d have to take a few pages out of Luke Cage’s book to make it work.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6 has Gwen trying a few new tricks in order to pay the bills. It’s surely a setup for a major plot, as evidenced by a few of the hints dropped throughout the issue. However, it’s about time we see a longer running plot occur in Gwen’s home universe.

Writing

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6 Variant Cover by Jorge Molina
Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #6 Variant Cover by Jorge Molina

The last five issues of Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider has proven that Seanan McGuire is excellent at reminding us that Gwen is a human as well as a superhero. The balance isn’t easy, especially with the other obligations she’s taken on. Now she’s dealing with one more problem; money. It’s a problem all superheroes not funded by Tony Stark come across at some point. They want to save people…but they also have to eat.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6 is a quirky issue, but it’s also clearly setting up for something more. There are at least two plots being set up here, possibly more, if they’re not all related. It’s great to see the groundwork being built upon for Gwen.

The cameo in this issue was a nice touch. Brought us back to the original Spider-Gwen series. Reminded us of where she came from, and how far she’s gone. It also reminds us of how much farther she still has to go.

Art

The artwork in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6 felt like it started leaning back towards some of the more classic comic book styles. Especially in the first few pages. It eventually settled into something more in between the classics and what we’ve been seeing the last few issues. Still, one can’t help but hope we’ll get back to those sharp edges and bright colors – Gwen excels in that style.

The same art team for the last issues also worked on this one, which was admittedly mildly surprising. Maybe they’re just experimenting. I’m sure I’ll adapt, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the other style come back during the next fight scene. Though for the record, I don’t dislike this style. I just got spoiled by the last few issues!

Takeshi Miyazawa provided the lines for this issue. His Spider-Woman costume is one of my favorites, so no complaints here. Ian Herring provided the coloring, which was still bright at times, just maybe a little less experimental.

Conclusion

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #6 is a fun issue, but it also took the time to establish multiple new plots. It also reminds us, once again, that Gwen is human and she’s already juggling more than any one of could easily on our own. It’s only a matter of time before it all comes down – or before a villain realizes how he could take advantage of the situation.

I absolutely love that they’re taking the time to establish so much here. I think heroes like Gwen are at their best when there’s a lot going on. The series has been strong so far, and I have high hopes for how it’ll continue.

 


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