Gwenpool Strikes Back #1

Writer: Leah Williams Artist: David Baldeon Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 14, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 20
8.2Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

That's right - everyone's favorite comics-fan-turned-comics character is back, and this time, she's playing for keeps! Gwen Poole is desperate not to disappear into comic book limbo, so she's going to make an impact on the Marvel Universe! First up: Unmask Spider-Man! And heck, maybe see if she can get some real super-powers while she's at it!
Rated T+

  • 10
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Feb 25, 2020

    Just read this book already! It's so, so worth it! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Aug 26, 2019

    Definitely a light hearted take on the superhero genre and a lot of fun! Grab your copy now! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Aug 14, 2019

    Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 is perfect for fans who have been lamenting her series loss. And it is especially soothing for those lamenting her loss once again, with the cancellation of West Coast Avengers. Sure, we'll have to deal with that loss all over again when the series concludes. But perhaps we'll get the ending we've been hoping for, or an open-ended opportunity to see her again. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Aug 14, 2019

    Letterer Joe Caramagna deserves a special mention for his work here as well; this is a dense script that undoubtedly took a long while to put on the page. I have to imagine Gwenpool is a character any letterer would kill to work on because of how inherently subjective and expressive she is! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Kellie Keener Aug 17, 2019

    Since her first adventure in The Unbelievable Gwenpool #0 (originally Howard the Duck volume 6 #1) Gwen has appeared on and off, as a member of the West Coast Avengers (until their book was canceled), again in Spider-Man: Deadpool #50, and she even fought in the War of the Realms. After all of her adventures, it's great to see Gwenpool in her own solo series, even if it's only five issues. This is a great place for new fans to get started with Gwenpool and for existing fans to get more Gwen content. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 13, 2019

    A whiz-bang comic story that's bracingly smart and delightfully manic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Aug 14, 2019

    This wild first issue has such a method to its madness that I'm almost certain the questions will all be answered as the series unfolds. Even if they aren't, these creators are doing such a good job with Gwenpool - so authentic, so transgressive, so fun - that I already know I won't regret climbing aboard this ride. And you won't regret it, either. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Aug 13, 2019

    There is plenty to love from Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 - especially for all of the fans out there. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 13, 2019

    The comic had me intrigued with the opening discussion of what makes the character stands out. It's the later visuals that have me wanting to see more of this series. I wasn't much of a fan of Gwenpool before but I'm definitely intrigued now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Aug 20, 2019

    Gwenpool Strikes Back (2019-) #1 takes everyone's favorite fourth wall breaker to some familiar ground, trying to stay relevant in the Marvel Universe by gaining super powers. The art is great, and Leah Williams has a good handle on the character. The story is fun, but not anything entirely new. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Branden Murray Aug 14, 2019

    Williams and company get new and old readers on-board quickly, before heading off to a world of Marvel wackiness only Gwenpool can show us, and I cant wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Megan Peters Aug 14, 2019

    From dabbing to memes, the heroine rightly calls herself a queen of cringe culture, but it somehow works with this debut's issue as Gwen acts against a clean-cut Peter Parker. And with a new power in tow, this series promises to be one of Marvel's most outlandish on shelves these days. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 17, 2019

    Gwenpool is back to normal and in good hands with Williams and Baldeon, debuting with a strong and interesting first issue. But the character is also pretty exhausting in this opening chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kenneth Laster Aug 19, 2019

    "Gwenpool Strikes Back" #1 is a different, more "online" take on Gwenpool that threatens to cover familiar territory but the humor is still chaotic and the fourth wall destruction is still very satisfying and inventive. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Chloe Maveal Aug 14, 2019

    Worth a shot, but not necessarily fulfilling. It's certainly fun, pretty, and quirky, but those qualities alone do not a fantastic comic make. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Aug 13, 2019

    Overall, I’m interested to see where Gwenpool Strikes Back will take Gwen’s narrative as she moves through these untapped Marvel stories, but I hope there are some stronger character beats for the rest of this limited series. The balance between heart and comedy will make or break this title. As this issue spells out, it will also dictate the future of the character and her “existence” in the 616. Read Full Review

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