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Review – Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 (Marvel Comics) Asgardian variant cover (detail) by Jorge Molina
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7
Overall
9.3/10
9.3/10
  • Writing - 9/10
    9/10
  • Art - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Overall - 9.25/10
    9.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Bengal
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: April 3rd, 2019

Gwen is all over the place in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7. She’s got some ups and some downs, but on the whole, she learns a lot from it.

 

Gwen Is All Over the Place in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider has been a strong series so far. They’ve done an excellent job at showing us sides of Gwen’s character, from the superhero side to her alter ego and everything in between. Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 gives Gwen some losses and some wins. I personally felt that the wins far outweighed her setbacks in this issue, and thus it was exactly what she needed.

Gwen is still adjusting to her new life. She’s dealing with being one of the only superheroes in her dimension. She’s also dealing with a lot of the problems that Peter Parker consistently faces: being accepted as a hero in a city that doesn’t want to let her have a win.

Writing

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Bengal
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Bengal

Seanan McGuire really pulled out all the stops for Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7. There was a moment during this issue that I actually felt myself misting up, that’s how strongly I reacted to the situation and emotions being portrayed here.

The last issue introduced a new development for Gwen Stacey. Having few alternatives, she took a page out of Luke Cage’s book. At first, I was terrified by this idea, and while I am admittedly still worried about the abuse of it, I’ll have to admit that this issue made me feel better about it on the whole. It showed how great things could be if she can get them to work out. Though she could probably use her very own Ganke to help with tech support and weeding out the useless opportunities.

This issue really brought home the fact that Gwen’s identity has been revealed. It’s been a known fact for a while now, but it’s easy to forget that this has implications even outside of antagonists knowing where to find her. It’s easy to forget about all the little factors that would come up with an alter ego being outed. This issue shined a giant spotlight on those issues.

Gwen’s win in this issue was a major one, but maybe not for the reason it seems. Gwen needed to be able to be helpful, and she needed to figure things out for herself. But more than that, she’s taken a step forward in being accepted by the city, and she likely doesn’t even know it yet.

Art

The artwork for Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 bounced back and forth between two extremes. Light and happy, and bright but intense. They balanced oddly well, though, all things considered. In many ways, they were a visual representation of Gwen’s life. A fact that I’m sure was intentional.

The same art team has stayed on for this issue, which I’m unspeakably relieved about. Takeshi Miyazawa is the main artist for the issue, while Ian Herring did the coloring. Clayton Cowles provided the lettering. Together they gave us a unique experience. In particular, I was impressed by the action/rescue panels shown in this issue. They were dramatic, of course. But they also perfectly portrayed how dangerous a situation like this could be. The webbing technique shown in this issue was both iconic and clever.

Conclusion

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 was a worthwhile read. I’m enjoying seeing Gwen try to find her own path in life. She can’t follow the footsteps of the other Spider-characters, but she can take notes from what has worked for them.

I’m still concerned that there is going to be an increased risk with Gwen’s new attempt, but I also think it’ll be worth it. And obviously, if that is the case, it’ll also lead to a fantastic and hopefully detailed fight sequence.


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