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.
Frank Cho drew a sketch cover for Spider-Gwen using the infamous Manara Spider-Woman pose that caused such an uproar by epitomizing the sexualization of female comic book characters. Now the Internet going nuts over a "cheesecake artist," as he's been called, doing a drawing in his style, in the same week one of his comics, Jungle Girl #3 is coming out from Dynamite, complete with a Frank Cho cover. Therefore, I'm going to cover this controversy, including the controversial drawings in question. There is cheesecake art after the break, so only proceed if you are not going to be offended by it. All Frank Cho artwork is from Frank Cho's Apes & Babes website.
I struggled a little to come up with this week's Artist of the Week until I noticed that Spider Gwen #3 came out this week. It became clear to me that I should consider making it Robbi Rodriguez, an idea that gelled when I went to look at his work outside of Spider Gwen.
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.
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