Spider-Gwen 2 Review

Posted March 12, 2015 by Henry Varona in Comic Books

Written by: Jason Latour

Art by: Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi

Publisher: Marvel

To be honest, the first issue of a series is hardly telling. In the case of Spider-Gwen, Marvel didn’t have to worry too much. Given the massive success of the Edge of Spider-Verse issue, Marvel could have slapped just about anything on the first issue of the ongoing series and it would have succeeded. Luckily, Marvel made the smart decision to keep the stellar creative team that made Gwen so special in the first place, and they delivered. But the second issue is where the book really takes shape. It’s easy to write a strong start, but much more difficult to maintain that interest. Luckily, Spider-Gwen issue 2 is a very lovable comic, with lots of heart, strong characterization, and incredible art. For fans worried that Gwen would be a flash in the pan, it seems like Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez have plenty of stories to tell in this world.

The issue opens with Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman waking up in a giant pile of trash, having narrowly survived her fall from the end of last issue. After collecting herself, Gwen has to come to terms with her own delusions, her former band-mates, and a world that hates her! Meanwhile, Captain George Stacy tries to cover up for his young girl as the terrorizing grip of the Kingpin squeezes ever tighter on our fair hero!

Jason Latour does a truly fantastic job of making you care about the world of Spider-Gwen. One of the most difficult parts of telling stories with alternate realities is that the characters are stripped of so much of what the general audience loves of them. While that is certainly true for Spider-Gwen, Latour gives his characters plenty of heart, making them feel like fully realized characters who have been around for decades. If there is one complaint, it’s that Gwen’s voice is almost too similar to mainstream Peter Parker. At times it feels like Spider-Woman is a gender-bent Peter more than she is her own character. However, every time this seems to be an issue, Latour throws in genuine emotion that makes Gwen feel like a real teenage girl. It’s very endearing and speaks to his strengths as a storyteller.

Robbi Rodriguez does a really great job with the art on this issue. Coupled with the colors of Rico Renzi, who truly makes this book pop, his art is expressive and engaging. Rodriguez was largely unrecognized until this title, and frankly I feel like I’ve been missing out. He’s imaginative and makes the book feel unique on his art alone. While it’s been talked about to death, his design for Spider-Woman really informs the artistic direction on this series. It’s high on style and has captivates you, establishing this world as a distinct being. Special shout out to Clayton Cowles, the letterer, who is a real highlight of this book. His work is very subtle, but it completes the package and makes the book feel whole.

Overall, Spider-Gwen issue 2 is a fantastic comic. It has incredible characterization, fun choreography, and a style unlike anything else on the stands. I can only hope that the further along this book goes, the more it spreads it wings. Marvel could very well have it’s next Miles Morales or Mayday Parker here. I love it!

About the Author

Henry Varona

Lover of comics, Legos, and movies, Henry Varona is supremely awesome in every way. He spends his days designing his own comics, and his nights dreaming about Chris Hemsworth and Captain Cold.