Spider Gwen Volume 2 #1 Review

Spider-Gwen Volume 2 is the title we here at Needless Essentials have been waiting through the summer for. Secret Wars temporarily ended the first series. A void was in our hearts, but we remained patient. That patience is now rewarded. If you were worried the time away would take the magic off of the best alternate version of Spider-Man to ever come down the pike, then you worried for nothing.

SpiderGwen01Spider Gwen Volume 2 #1

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Colors: Rico Renzi

Cover: Robbi Rodriguez
Variant Cover by Nick Bradshaw
Cosplay Variant Cover also available
Young Variant Cover by Skottie Young
Action Figure Variant Cover by John Tyler Christopher
Black Variant Cover Also Available
Hip-Hop Variant cover by Humberto Ramos
Kirby Monster Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Solicitation:
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!
Gwen Stacy is back in the webs and has an all-new, all-different mystery to solve: the reappearance of The Lizard! Spider-Woman was convinced that the Lizard died in her arms along with Peter Parker. But when a similar monster goes on a reptilian rampage, she’s left with doubts not only about Peter’s life, but his death as well. And witness the debut of the Osborns of Earth-65! Fan-favorite creators Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez & Rico Renzi are back for more with a story that every Spider-Fan will be talking about!

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Review:
This issue is all about the little Easter Eggs for Marvel fans. The story reveals that the Wasp made Spider-Gwen’s web-shooters. However, it’s in the Handbook entry in the back that we learn that she also made her costume. That being said, it’s not the big spoiler for this issue. The exploration of Gwen’s relationship with Peter Parker is refreshing to finally know about. In the previous series, the relationship seemed more that Peter was a Spider-Woman fan instead of one of Gwen’s friends. The introduction of Harry Osborn and the origin of the Green Goblin name is perfectly done.

The artwork is fantastic and Rico Renzi meshes perfectly with Robbi Rodriguez’s art. Especially good is the flashback sequence, which uses color coding to separate time periods. I really enjoy Rodriguez’s rendering of Spider-Gwen. It puts every other artist that has drawn her in a Marvel comic to shame. Whenever she has shown up elsewhere, she just hasn’t looked the same.

This isn’t the perfect comic. It seems to exist to build suspense for upcoming issues. There is the tension Gwen’s dad has within the force. We also have the revelation of other characters we are used to seeing in Marvel comics in the world of Spider-Gwen. I’m intrigued to see where Tony Stark is and apparently without a Fantastic Four, what Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom are up to. The fact that I want to read the next six issues right now make this a damn fine comic, but not yet perfect. Every issue of Spider-Gwen has a high standard to live up to and does admirably well. I like this better than the previous volume’s first issue, which makes it a perfect first issue, just not the perfect comic. It’s okay, though, because she still owns that with her very first appearance.