Gwenpool Special #1
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Gwenpool Special #1

Writer: Charles Soule, Gerry Duggan, Christopher Hastings Artist: Gurihiru, Langdon Foss Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 9, 2015 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 12
5.8Critic Rating
4.7User Rating

•  She-Hulk throws a holiday party and invites the entire Marvel U!
•  Deadpool teams up with both Hawkeyes - Kate and Clint - to...stop a pickpocket?!
•  Ms. Marvel takes on her most dangerous threat yet: the holiday blues!
•  And then there's the reason for the season(al special): GWENPOOL!
•  Yup, you read that right - Gwen. Pool. C'mon, you know you're curious.
Rated T

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Dec 9, 2015

    "Gwenpool Special" #1 isn't taken over by Gwenpool, like Kris Anka's rendering of the character on this comic's cover would indicate, but that's no issue, as the creators involved collectively make Christmastime for Marvel fans a little more enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 7, 2015

    Gwenpool is arguably the least essential element of this holiday-themed anthology comic. Still, her presence is one extra dose of fun in a book that already has a lot going for it. The various stories here combine to form a charming look at how Marvel's heroes come together to celebrate the holidays. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Superior Spider-Talk - Adam Chapman Dec 12, 2015

    A somewhat uneven collection of stories featuring oddballs, new critical darlings, and an odd couple pairing of Hawkeye and Deadpool, this Holiday special manages to entertain despite some missteps along the way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 14, 2015

    Cameos from most of the Marvel Universe, with charismatic moments from Ms. Marvel, the Hawkeyes, Gwenpool and more, making for a sweet holiday reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Dec 10, 2015

    Gwenpool herself seems like a lab-bred creature designed specifically to catch fire with the cosplaying crowd, and although there's nothing particularly compelling about the mix of wise-cracking murderer and cute-as-a-button teenager, Gurihiru's appealing manga-styled artwork and Christopher Hastings' joke-laden script make "Gwenpool's Holiday Adventure" a solid and funny affair. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Dec 8, 2015

    Gwenpool Holiday Special #1 is a middle of the road special. Ignoring the fact that this should have been simply called a Marvel Christmas Special (Gwenpool is barely in the comic beyond her one story), the quality of this anthology is up and down. If you're a diehard fan of the characters " give it a look. Otherwise, there might be better use of your six dollars for this week's pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 9, 2015

    That's the ultimate goal for Gwenpool Special #1, a comic with a cash grab in its title: to be perfectly fine. It succeeds at that. The Hawkeye story did plenty for me as a fan of Duggan's mini-series, while the Ms. Marvel story is wince-inducing, but overall it averages out to complete fine-ness. This is a comic worth flipping through for Marvel fans, but it won't leave any sort of impression after one or two glasses of eggnog. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 7, 2015

    As a whole, the comic feels a lot like a cash grab, especially with the fact that Gwenpool whose name is in the title is within so few of the pages. This is a comic that as a kid, I'd totally have bought only to walk away disappointed. I struggled to read it all. Don't fall for the title, this is a comic to absolutely skip this week. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Dec 11, 2015

    I may be in the minority, but when publishers put out books like this I am more than a little annoyed at the disregard publishers can hold the one thing they need..readers, of which in this case, I am glad that I am not. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 7, 2015

    No one wants to be a Grinch this holiday season, but at the same time, there are plenty of opportunities for sequential good cheer that doesn't have to feel like a punch to your wallet. Gwenpool Special #1, sadly enough, doesn't fulfill the potential of its title character or its holiday spirit, making this feel like a halfhearted cash-grab rather than a solid Christmas special. Unless you are a completist for one of the creators involved, you won't be on the naughty list if you sit this one out. Read Full Review

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