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 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.
The under-appreciated artists in comics are the colorists. A bad one can ruin a book, a good one will most likely go unnoticed. There is one colorist that has been setting himself apart from others with his unique color choices that always seem to work. His covers that he has colored get noticed and talked about. Self-taught, he tends to be very selective in the work that he takes on, but his breakthrough work has been on Spider-Gwen, although he can also be spotted on Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck, series where he adds a lot to already stunning artwork.
The real test of a new series is if the momentum from a first issue can continue and the characters can develop further. You may remember that in the first issue, I wanted more development of Gwen's life aside from being Spider-Woman. Looks like I needn't have worried.
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 Writer: RYAN NORTH Art/Cover: ERICA HENDERSON Colorist: RICO RENZI Variant Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS Variant cover by SIYA OUM YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99 SOLICITATION: • Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There's one hero that's beaten them all—and now she's got her own ongoing series! (Not that she's bragging.) • That's right, you asked for it, you got it, it's SQUIRREL GIRL! (She's also starting college this semester.) • It's the start of a brand-new series of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world! REVIEW: I've said it before, sometimes it seems like Marvel's creative strategy is based on dares. That does not mean that the ideas are bad, just that they are unconventional. A Squirrel Girl series is one of those decisions. In the face of a lot of very serious stories in the Marvel Universe, is there room for one that is just fun? Absolutely.
EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 Written by JASON LATOUR Art and Cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99 SOLICITATION: GWEN STACY: SPIDER-WOMAN! In one universe, it wasn’t Peter Parker bitten by the radioactive Spider, but Gwen Stacy! She’s smart, charming and can lift a car– Just don’t tell her Police Chief father! How is she involved