Spider-Gwen #20 – Review

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Spider-Gwen #20

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist/Cover: Robbi Rodriguez
Colorist: Rico Renzi

• WHO IS THE EARTH-65 WOLVERINE???

Rated T / $3.99
In Shops: May 31, 2017

Review:

I have loved this book, but it really seemed like Marvel was really out to give me Spider-Gwen fatigue for the longest time. Fortunately, this series keeps dragging me back from crossovers and guest appearances. Gwen Stacy’s story is evolving as she gets dragged deeper and deeper into the miasma run by Matt Murdock. This Matt Murdock is quite possibly the most interesting version of the character that I’ve ever seen.

Looking back at the series, Gwen’s various dilemmas all evolve from each other in a linear fashion, and as she goes deeper and deeper into her miasma, she sees he consequences for her bad decisions and compromises that she’s made. Along the way, we get views of the Earth-65 versions of familiar heroes. This issue we not only get Wolverine, called “Mr. Murderhands,” to which Gwen has the best reaction I’ve seen her have to anything yet in this series. We also get this Earth’s version of Kitty Pryde, which reminds me of Chris Claremont’s take on her in X-Men Forever, just so much better done.

The art is everything I’ve come to expect for Spider-Gwen. Robbi Rodriguez’s art is expressive, evolving as time goes on, and I could imagine no other colorist for him than Rico Renzi. As the art style becomes more expressive, I’m concerned that it won’t appeal to as many readers, but I, for one appreciate it, as it makes for a more immersive story. This is a matter of personal taste, but the style matches the tone, which in this case is very fast paced, as it should be with a character being pursued by Wolverine, no matter what alternate earth he’s from.

Rating: 9.0 (out of 10)

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