writer: Jason Latour / artist: Robbi Rodriguez / Marvel Comics
Welcome back to Earth 65 for the second installment of none other than our new favorite hero known as Spider-Gwen, aka Spider-Woman 65, aka Costume on Fleek, Killin ‘Em In the Streets – Gwen Stacy. Now, this is always the tricky part: Fans wanted this comic to happen and Marvel responded, and the first issue was great. A lot of costumed Gwen putting in hours on the hero clock, being funny and effortlessly likeable. But every issue can’t be the intro track to the album, and the few issues following probably give a more accurate picture of what you’re reading.
Good thing for Spider-Gwen fans, she’s still fun. Reading Spider-Gwen #2 was a mixture of relief and joy, as Gwen remains fun to read – this time in that “oh-girl-you’re-a-mess” kind of way – as you wait for the plot to actually hook you in. While issue #1’s unexpected laughs came from the Bodega Bandit and jokes about butts, this one came from Gwen’s rattled subconscious, manifested through Spider-Ham. Cue the track, Homer!
We left issue #1 with Spider-Gwen plummeting from the air after vulture cut her web from like 10 stories in the sky. Of course she’s going to survive, so that’s not any concern, but how does she do it? Does someone save her? Nah man, she takes that webbing and puts it to her armpits like she’s spraying an Arid XX aerosol after gym class and makes web-wings! She can’t fly, but they’re enough to make her glide on air to coast to the nearest trash heap. Spider-Gwen made herself into Lexington from Gargoyles.
The impact still came hard though, so she woke up with stars around her head like when Ryu hit you with that 18-hit combo that made you dizzy. That’s when Peter Porker came out to be her conscience and her guide. The rest of the issue continues to introduce us to Gwen’s life – the dynamics between she and her friends, her dad’s perspective as a cop, and trying to strike the balance between hero and person. The story hasn’t picked up yet, but I’m optimistic it will, and getting to know Gwen is enough to carry the issues so far and make for an entertaining read. What the book could really use is a steady BFF for our hero, as there’s no outstanding supporting character highlighted yet. I’m looking at you, Glory.
Overall, Spider-Gwen stays on track as fun, witty, and visually appealing. The story should pick up the pace soon, and when it does this series could easily become a favorite.
Score: 8 out of 10