Ghost-Spider #1

Writer: Seanan McGuire Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 21, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 15
7.3Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

• With a cloud of infamy hanging over her head on Earth-65, GWEN STACY now travels to Earth-616 for super hero action...and school?!
•  The newest student at ESU is about to get a crash course in multiversity as she splits her time between the world she loves and the world she's just getting to know!
•  But what devious villain has eyes on Gwen's travels?
•  Is Gwen ready for what comes next?
Rated T

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Aug 21, 2019

    McGuire and Miyazawa have done such an excellent job with Gwen this year. This new chapter moves Gwen in a direction that allows for her to advance in a new direction of character development while staying true to the roots of the firmly established tradition of Marvel wall-crawlers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 20, 2019

    Ghost-Spider is crafted in a way that'll make it easy for anyone to swing into. This first issue is sharp, elevating an otherwise "seen it before" Spider-Man story with interesting characters and a new beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Aug 21, 2019

    Ghost-Spider #1 was a fantastic first issue to Gwen's newest series. It's vibrant and full of life"just like Gwen Stacy. And of course, we appreciate the ironic mirroring between the two fresh starts here. It was a nice touch. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 26, 2019

    Gwen is off on a whole new adventure, but she's not leaving everything behind. This issue is the fabled "great jumping-on point" that so many comics want to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Aug 21, 2019

    Ghost Spider #1 has fun with the idea that reinventing yourself is as simple as moving from one universe into the next. You ask yourself what it would be like to travel somewhere that no one knows you to start over, and this book takes that to the next level. After what this first issue sets up? I look forward to how Gwen will balance two lives like this. Trouble is clearly going to follow her no matter where she decides to spend her time most. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Aug 20, 2019

    Even under a new title, the Spider-Gwen creative team continues to create a unique spider tale that puts character work at the forefront. It takes a lot of inspiration from Marvel’s Spider-mythos, but Miyazawa and McGuire put their own spin on the title — which is the very element that has made Spider-Gwen such a successful franchise to begin with. Ghost Spider #1 doesn’t prove it needed a relaunch to tell this story, but is a great next chapter for readers who followed the creative team’s run on Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Samantha Puc Aug 21, 2019

    I have gushed about this creative team all year, because they're knocking it out of the park with every single issue. While I agree that this issue doesn't feel like a #1, it is definitely the start of a new arc, and the backstory is readily available for anyone who wants or needs it. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 20, 2019

    There's something that's a lot of fun about Ghost-Spider #1. If you expect lots of action of a superhero comic, you'll be disappointed. Instead, the comic delivers something a bit different. It's a nice focus on a superhero trying to have a life with more drama than fighting. The first issue might not have tons of excitement but it has a hell of a hook. Ghost-Spider #1 is a comic to keep your eye on. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Aug 23, 2019

    While it doesn't necessarily breathe new life into the Spider-Man franchise, it's still a solid and very well-told story that is a showcase of everything that has made the hero great. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Aug 21, 2019

    Ghost-Spider #1 sets up a lot of external and internal conflict for Gwen Stacy which might not be what she's looking for, but it's exactly what we as the readers are here for. It's a fun read for all ages, especially those of you returning to school or college. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Aug 23, 2019

    It was by no means a bad issue, but it isn't exactly a relaunch either, so I do recommend reading the previous issues first. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 29, 2019

    While I'm curious to see Gwen explore the new world, I'm far less interested in the politics back in her home dimension which apparently will continue to play a large role in the new series. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jason Jeffords Jr Aug 21, 2019

    GHOST-SPIDER #1 reads as if it's a continuation on a long running series instead of a new number one. While Gwen is on her way to college (albeit another dimension) it's reminiscent of just another basic Spider-man story especially with it's cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Harlan Ivester Aug 21, 2019

    Ghost-Spider #1 is not something I think longtime fans of Gwen will get a lot of enjoyment out of, as it lacks a lot of what made her series special in the first place. I can’t really say it’s right for the Spider-Verse crowd for the same reason. All in all, it’s a fine enough issue but comes up short in writing and art. If you really want to check this one out, I would only do it if your pull is light this week. Otherwise, wait to find a back issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Aug 22, 2019

    This issue gets a shrug from me and I'm not sure where it fits in or where it's necessary. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 22, 2019

    Fans of the spider-powered Gwen Stacy will love this book but it seems unlikely to win her any new fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 21, 2019

    Ghost-Spider #1 functions as an easy introduction to the current status quo of the "Spider-Gwen" story, but moves at a glacial pace that hinders it from offering much to new readers. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Branden Murray Aug 21, 2019

    Overall, Ghost Spider #1 is a very passable first issue, that doesn't do much to make the first arc appealing for new fans, and old fans of the character have to be sick of the constant shuffling of this characters main title. Gwen is attending school in the 616 now and fighting Giant Rats. If that sounds like your bag of tea your local comic shop should have a copy for you for $3.99, however except for some decent art, I think I'll wait until next time this character comes back around again to try it out again. Read Full Review

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