Let me get this out of the way right off the bat: I love this friggin’ comic and just as I suspected, Spider-Gwen #2 knocks it’s initial debut right out of the park. If I were to describe it in one phrase it would be “punk rock” and for more reasons aside from all the musical references, but those are pretty cool all on their own. Gwen Stacy is “Spider-Woman” in this universe and it seems as though she’s more of an anti-hero at this point than the “super” variety that we knew Spider-Man to be. This angle is one of many that intrigue me. Another is the fact that we don’t know what has happened to Peter Parker. Where is he? What is Gwen’s involvement in his current whereabouts? What we do have though, is Spider-Ham (yes, Spider-Ham) who, despite my premature wariness, is arguably the highlight of this entire comic.
There is a myriad of familiar faces that could either please or infuriate depending on your relationship with these characters. Personally, I could not be more thrilled with this universe and it’s incarnations. Those who are not familiar with or not a fan of previous “Spider” books will find this book completely different from what they are used to and may just get over their arachnophobia for Gwen Stacy. Jason Latour has quickly climbed his way to the top in the last few years and Spider-Gwen is definitely his crowning glory.
Robbi Rodriguez provides Latour the literary version of a “high five” with his accompanying modern and gorgeous artwork. Rodriguez’s meticulous work with shade and contrast are incomparable, a rose by any other name would not smell as sweet in this case. This book would not be as exciting or stimulating without his imaginative take on Latour’s story. Let’s not forget Rico Renzi’s use of color either, reminding us with a bang of pastels and brights that we aren’t in Kansas anymore, or our 616 universe more appropriately. If I had one request, it would be for more spider-gwen because once a month just won’t be enough!
The Verdict: 9.0/10