Spider-Gwen #11

by Ryan.L on August 31, 2016

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbie Rodriguez
Colors: Lauren Affe
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Spider-Gwen, Spider-Gwen, does whatever a Spider can. Spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies, Loot out! Here comes the Spider-Gwen.
Ok now that I’ve gotten that out of the way and permanently stuck in my head, It’s Spider-Gwen time! This series is one of the best. I’ve never been a fan of Spider-man and his franchise before, but when Spider-Gwen hit the market I was intrigued. After reading the first issue it caught me hook, line and sinker. This series had everything that Spider-man was lacking and more. It’s not often a new character becomes an immediate success but Spider-Gwen has done just that.
The thing about this series I enjoy is it is very much revisiting themes that the original Spider-man series dealt with, but in such a fresh new way it doesn’t feel like a rehashed story. Also seeing all the characters, we know and love from Earth 616 but how different they are in Earth 65. They all are so different yet there is a feeling of familiarity to them. Jason Latour really understands the characters and their essence, and is able to give us an alternate version that really works.
This issue we really get to see what Frank Castle is willing to do to expose Gwen. The stakes are getting higher and higher as Gwen needs to figure out what to do about Castle. Latour has crafted a really intense story. I really enjoy how Gwen’s powers aren’t gone just because of her confidence. That she’s really struggling to deal with the idea that since they are gone could she just be Gwen, but with Castle relentlessly in pursuit of her she has to be Spider-Woman, there is no choice in the matter. Latour’s writing just pulls you in and I find that the story goes by so fast you’re left wanting more. I really felt that in this issue, as it seemed more of a setup for the final encounter between Gwen and Castle. But that being said this was still a solid issue.
The art in this series is amazing. Robbie Rodriguez has really crafted a look for Earth 65 that is very different from everything else. I feel like this series has a very pop art tone to it, and Lauren Affe’s colors just marry perfectly to Rodriguez’s pencils. One thing you notice with some artists is that they tend to draw faces all the same. Especially characters of the same gender. That is not happening here and is why I am a huge fan of Rodriguez’s art. Every character has a unique to them look and style that is consistent throughout the series.
If you haven’t been following Spider-Gwen I highly encourage you to run and scoop up all the back issue and get caught up. This is a top series that you really shouldn’t miss. Spider-Gwen versus the Punisher, does it get any better than that!?


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