Spider-Gwen #1 (comic book review)

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For generations, Peter Parker was Spider-Man in the comics, films and TV shows. In this latest comic, Peter Parker is no longer Spider-Man, but he is actually the green Lizard who once was his own enemy. To make this alternative universe even more intriguing, Spider-Man is actually Gwen Stacy, who is now called Spider-Gwen (Spider-Woman).

After a science demonstration turned wrong, a radioactive spider bit Gwen Stacy and turned her into our newest web-slinging hero. The story is reminiscent to Peter’s humble beginnings as Spider-Man, but with a few plot twists and turns.

The story captivated me and started off with a shocker. The police department, lead by ‘Captain’ George Stacy, is after his daughter, Gwen. After another experiment turned wrong, Peter transformed himself into the Lizard. With no hope and no ultimatum, Gwen kills the Lizard; however, after his death he slowly reforms himself back into human form. With no trace and no evidence, Captain Stacy is left with no choice but to hunt down her own daughter.

This is the main reason why the Spider-Man/Spider-Woman comics and universe always intrigued me; it is so relatable in terms of humanistic appeal. The idea of a superhero dealing with life as a young teenager is the most relatable idea for the younger audience. Gwen is as relatable as a character just as Peter Parker was during his earlier years in the comics.


Gwen has her own band and she loves to play the drums; however, she struggles with life just as anyone her age would. She’s always late to work, and she has trouble keeping and making friends. The only love interest she ever had was Peter Parker; therefore, it was definitely a shock to me that Peter was killed right from the beginning. I can’t blame the writers for this shocking plot twist because it is actually appealing and creative.

Gwen also struggles with her relationship with her father. In this issue, Captain Stacy quickly captures Gwen early but is forced make a decision that would ultimately change his life. I won’t spoil too much, but for anyone who has been a fan of the Spider-Man comics, this is a refreshing take on its universe. It’s definitely worth checking out (in physical form).

Jason Latour is the writer for this first issue, and Robbi Rodriguez is the main artist. Each turn of the page is filled with beautiful art and humorous commentary. Marvel comics has always been known to be a light-hearted side of comics as compared to D.C. comics, and it certainly does not diminish from the main story, but it only adds to it. The art style is gorgeous with a feeling of Jessica Jones ‘s purple theme, except not as dark. The overall art style literally pops out with each turn of the page.

Rating: 5/5 Atoms

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