Spider Gwen #7 – Review

Spider Gwen remains one of my favorite titles. Part of that appeal has been the fabulous artwork of Robbi Rodriguez. However, with his impending departure from the title, I worry about the comic’s look changing too much. I really want this book to go on for a while, but not if it’s going to look like just another Marvel book.

Spider-Gwen (2015-) 007-000Spider Gwen #7

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Bengal
Colorist: Rico Renzi

Cover by Yasmine Putri
Variant Cover by Robbi Rodriguez
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER B BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Solicitation:
SPIDER-WOMEN, PART 2!
• Trapped in Earth-65, Spider-Gwen, Jessica Drew and Spider-Woman search for a way to get Jessica home.
• Along the way, Jessica gets a tour of Gwen’s life and meets THE MARY JANES!Spider-Gwen-007-003

Review:

Since the big change in this issue is the art, I’ll start there. It has a very fun feel, which is something that this book should always have, no matter who the artist is. Part of  that consistently fun feeling is due to colorist Rico Renzi, who helps give this artwork a consistent feeling from the previous issues. When Jessica Drew meets the Mary Janes, its an absolutely fantastic scene that starts with a panel that has a very “Love and Rockets” feel to it. Bengal does a great job of making the non-superhero scenes as interesting, if not more so than the ones involving costumes. If have to get nitpicky, his Jessica Drew doesn’t look older, despite other characters mentioning it explicitly.

The story is obviously the middle of a larger story, but unlike the last time I jumped into the middle of a spider-crossover, it stands well on its own and I don’t feel lost. The characters also read very distinctly, which is always good in book featuring a team of characters, and is the sign of a good writer. Silk’s written very well, and for the first of her appearances I’ve read, I want to read more about her. Spider-Woman is written well, but less like a character I want to read and more like a surrogate mother figure to Gwen. She does seem desperate to get home to her own Earth, which is how I’d expect the mother of a new baby to react.

What I really like in this issue is a peek at the equivalent to other heroes on Gwen’s earth. She-Hulk is a professional wrestler. Howard T. Duck, a human here, is President of the United States. The Fantastic Four is apparently a reality series that includes H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot. Tony Stark is a corporate baron building mini-malls across America. The real shining star is this Earth’s Reed Richards, who’s a kid genius. I like this take on Reed Richards, but probably wouldn’t care for it as part of a regular Fantastic Four series. Of course, if Jason Latour wrote it, I could be convinced to give it a try. There is a story or two in the throw-away line “I was meeting dimension hoppers before I could tie my shoes.”Spider-Gwen-007-014

In a nutshell, I’m confident that Spider-Gwen can continue without Robbi Rodriguez. I will miss him, as long as the artistic tone remains the same.