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Review – Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #9 (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Gwen #9(Marvel Comics) cover(detail) by Bengal
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #9
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  • Writing - 10/10
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  • Art - 9/10
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Summary

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Bengal
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: June 6th, 2019

Gwen Stacy has come to terms with a lot of the costs for what it takes to be a hero, but Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #9 proves that she still has room to learn.

 

Reality Comes Crashing Down in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #9

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider has been putting Gwen through the wringer, and this latest issue is no exception. This series has focused on Gwen and her struggle to get her feet on the ground (or hands on the web) and figure out her path as a superhero in her own right. Reading Gwen Stacy’s story as she transitions from Spider-Gwen to Ghost Spider has been such a thrill. Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #9 is quite possibly one of my favorites in this series (so far). And there’s a good reason for me to feel that way.

The last issue ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, which this one resolves. Actually, it does more than that. It pushes this plot to the farthest edge, all while testing Gwen and her line in the sand. That’s the reason why this issue quickly became my favorite.

Side note: For those that didn’t already know this, Gwen’s story is going to be changing its name soon. Instead of being a mouthful (Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider) the series will be moving forward as Ghost Spider. I’m so unbelievably excited for this moment, and it’s almost here. Just have to wait until August…

Writing

Spider-Gwen #9(Marvel Comics) cover by Bengal
Spider-Gwen #9(Marvel Comics) cover by Bengal

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #9 was a combination of so many elements that I loved. It was dramatic, it was emotional, and it was fascinating. Gwen has come up against many enemies in her time, but never a monster like this one. She’s never had to face somebody that made orders like this. Nor has she ever had to see her reactions to somebody like him. This is all-new territory for our webbed hero.

To be honest, I loved this issue. And I’m not really surprised that I loved it, either. I’ve been adoring what Seanan McGuire has been doing with Gwen’s character, and this is no exception. She’s pushing the boundaries of her backstory here, as well as forcing her character forward. It’s refreshing. When I say that this issue was emotional, I’m not talking about the female stereotypes in comics. Gwen got forced through the wringer here—she was upset, she was hurting, and she was furious. This sort of emotional cocktail is something that we rarely get to see in raw form, and it made for some seriously compelling writing.

These raw moments were balanced out well with some moments that were straight-up fascinating. Gwen’s way of handling the situation—of gathering information and actually dealing with the problem—was, quite simply, elegant. And fascinating, don’t forget that bit.

Art

There were so many dramatic scenes to show in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #9. I don’t even know where to begin! There was one scene where a newer ability of Gwen’s was shown—or rather, she used an older ability in a new way. Regardless, it was by far my favorite image in this issue. Though the fight scenes were a close second.

Takeshi Miyazawa and Ian Herring really do work well together. This series has been proof enough of that. Together they’ve been bringing us dynamic fight scenes, fascinating Spider moments, and so much more. While I still maintain that the scene I described above is my favorite, I have to admit that the fight scene at the end of this issue was pretty spectacular as well. But I can’t describe it, because of spoilers and all that. Just trust me when I say it was amazing to read.

Conclusion

Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #9 surpassed my already fairly high expectations. It was a fun read, but more than that, too. I can clearly see how it’s setting up for the Ghost Spider transition. And I’m looking forward to seeing that happen.

The highlight of this issue, for me, was seeing Gwen deal with this problem in her own unique way. Nobody could have done what she did. At least, not the way she did it. And she did it all while dealing with some intense emotions. It just goes to remind us that our heroes have to deal with a lot, and still get the job done.


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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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