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Review – Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8 (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8 (Marvel Comics) Marvel Battle Lines variant cover by Nexon
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8
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  • Art - 8/10
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Summary

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Bengal
Variant Cover Artist: Nexon
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: May 1st, 2019

While Gwen is trying to figure things out for herself, Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8 shows that nobody around her is safe.

 

Gwen is Facing a Whole New Set of Problems in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8

Gwen has been making leaps and bounds in her life as of late. She’s holding it together after the aftermath of Spider-Geddon, she’s working on a work/life balance, and she might even sort of have a boyfriend. But she’s still got one major lesson left to learn when it comes to being an outed superhero.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider has been working really hard to reinvent Gwen’s character in subtle ways. They’re pushing the boundaries of her character, while also trying to make her more relatable. It’s an interesting balance, but it’s working.

Gwen’s quest to understand her powers continues in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8. But unfortunately, the villains aren’t content to wait while she figures everything out. And honestly, this is something that all superheroes seem to be forced to experience in their lives.

Writing

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Bengal
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Bengal

It’s so easy to forget that Gwen is one of the only superheroes on Earth-65, but Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider has done a decent job of constantly reminding us of that fact. It doesn’t hurt that while the heroes may be fewer, the villains are still numerous (though, thankfully, there don’t seem to be as many supervillains).

Seanan McGuire has been working hard to keep the pace of the series going forward, and it shows. It seems like every turn she takes, Gwen is coming up against new obstacles. This is bad for her, of course, but great for us readers.

Thinking on it, what happens in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8 makes complete sense. Heroes are always a target; it’s why we classically see so many of them try to keep their identities a secret. Gwen doesn’t have the luxury, though, as McGuire has pointed out again and again in her series. Now it’s become clear that she has been building up for something big.

While a large plot has arrived, I’d like to point out that Seanan McGuire cleverly introduced a few new plot points that could be picked up at a later time. I prefer this sort of flow when it comes to comics, as it makes events feel more organic and less forced.

This issue does end off on a cliffhanger, but that does tend to happen with longer-running plots. It’s been fun watching Gwen try to sort out her life, but I’m personally excited to see something larger get kicked off.

Art

Takeshi Miyazawa and Ian Herring teamed up again for Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8. Miyazawa provided the lines for this issue, and you can see his clean work, as well as a preference for understatement when possible.

Meanwhile, Herring, the colorist, went with solid blocks of color, frequently sneaking in bolder colors for the simpler panels. It makes for a nice balance and keeps things interesting. The bright background really enhanced the fight scene in this issue, making it appear more dramatic, while also complementing Miyazawa’s drawing style.

I’d also like to say that I’ve been really enjoying the way they’ve been drawing Gwen’s suit lately. Or, more accurately, the way it transitions between outfits. There are two different methods they seem to prefer here: a more stylized one, and a spider one. Both look fantastic in this art style.

Conclusion

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #8 was an interesting read, as it took some events that have been building up for the last few issues. It let that buildup explode into something larger, and hopefully, it’ll be a longer-running plot. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plot is going to progress. And I promise that I’m only partially saying that because of the cliffhanger-esque ending here. The series could use an explosive plot, now that we’ve had time to recover from the last major event Gwen was in.


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