MarvelBlog REVIEW: Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #1
These kinds of comic runs, developed and orchestrated by that famous Marvel What If…? question have become par for the course for any popular Marvel character, but this one feels different; this is our review of Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #1.
It isn’t hyperbole to say that Ghost Spider has become one of the more popular and beloved multiversal Spider-Man in recent years; whether it is her exploration in the comic books, or her appearance in the Spider-Verse films, her place as a fan favorite has been secured.
At first glance, the Tim Seeley penned Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse series looks a lot like the typical Marvel multiversal story; one that just reimagines heroes in circumstances synonymous with other Marvel heroes, as a way to better explore them.
Although Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #1 does, ultimately, establish that it is the premier issue in a series that is trending in that direction, there is something very different to what Seeley is doing alongside artist Jodi Nishijima.
The series, first and foremost, appears to always do things that the reader just doesn’t expect; whether it be funnier than they expect it to be, deeper than they expect it to be, or just more action-packed.
This version of Gwen Stacy is one that you can’t help but love, but it is also one that you can’t help but understand; with her living in a low-super multiverse that feels akin to every kid growing up in a boring small town, seeking adventure and excitement.
But the prime achievement that really makes this issue a joy to read is what Nishijima is able to do on the page; she brings to life Seeley’s story in a way that makes every panel just feel like so much fun.
Character designs that are over-the-top, but feel perfectly at home in this world of Spider-Gwen, set the standard for creativity and vibrance that make it difficult to make your attention shift in even the slightest.
although the story is a little bit mumbled, and whether or not its reliance on the multiversal aspects will pay off, in the end, is still to be seen, Seeley and Nishijima have partnered to put together a debut issue that definitely makes you inclined to grab the second and soon as it hits stands.