Spider-Gwen #1

Spider-Gwen #1

Writer: Jason Latour Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 40 User Reviews: 29
8.7Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES!
•  BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series - SPIDER-GWEN!
•  Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON'T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse!
•  From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen's origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Feb 25, 2015

    Lettering has also been a huge factor in defining Gwen's world. Clayton Cowles also goes above and beyond in making the lettering a distinct quantity in the book. This isn't something I would normally point to, but the lettering, the word balloons go a long way to remind you Spider-Gwen is not a straightforward Marvel book and is in a different time and place. Overall this has been proof positive that Marvel is doing its best to make sure this book stands out from the rest of this competition. Given the results so far, it's more than worth the 3.99 you're paying for it. I for one hope that Spider-Gwen lives a long and fruitful existence in the Multiverse. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 25, 2015

    Spider-Gwen is here and we can all rejoice. Gwen Stacy may be a classic and beloved character but Jason Latour has taken a great character and made her even more fascinating. Robbi Rodriguez's art and Rico Renzi's colors gives this book a fresh and unique feel that just looks so dang good. Even though this book is full of familiar characters, there is a new take given to many of them. It's like we're new characters yet we've somehow seen them before in a dream. This is a series you'll want to read for a long long time. Make sure you pick this book up. You'll be happy you did. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Feb 26, 2015

    Spider-Gwen #1 is a must read that sets up a solid story that readers who haven't read Spider-Verse don't really need to read to get what's going on. It's unique in showing new takes on familiar characters and the art is impressive. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 25, 2015

    It's only February, but Marvel gives readers another very strong offering for 2015 with "Spider-Gwen" #1. The story is fun, familiar, energetic and invigorating, the art is engaging and the character has nothing but potential to offer. "Spider-Gwen" #1 is more than just a comic with something for everyone; it's a comic with everything for everyone. "Spider-Gwen" #1 is solid enough that even your parents may just dig it too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 26, 2015

    The focus on Gwen's outsider status certainly hearkens back to classic Spider-Man and X-Men stories. This creative team has taken that tried-and-true formula and made something fresh, fun, and – from Gwen's immediate acceptance, adoption, and celebration by a still-marginalized portion of comics readers – incredibly relevant. If publishers continue to actively listen to what their readers want, and give talented creators like these the wherewithal to satisfy those desires, the industry will be exponentially better for it. And so will the comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Torin Chambers Feb 25, 2015

    People may have ragged on Latour for his run on Wolverine and The X-Men but if you gave any of them Spider-Gwen #1 theyd think twice about his writing abilities. He totally nails here creating a character who we can identify as being apart of the spider family but one whos absolutely unique and endearing in her own ways. Spider-Gwen is something special and I hope to see it on the stands for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Feb 25, 2015

    Based on Spider-Gwen's major success and fans' determination for more, the creative team behind it all has clearly put their all in one of the more entertaining series to date. It's humourous yet still with dramatic story and action, along with it's bright colours and overall distinct comic style makes for a remarkably pleasurable read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Brad Bell Mar 6, 2015

    The big question now is what happens to Spider Gwen after Secret Wars? Marvel now faces the challenge of one of their most popular characters existing in an alternate Universe, something that the Secret Wars event has promised to squash. While Speaking to Jason Latour at a signing at Heroes Aren't Hard to find in Charlotte, NC this past weekend the writer claimed that the current plan isn't to bring Spider-Gwen in the post Secret Wars Marvel Universe. He then went on to say but you never know. So there is a chance that after nearly 40 years a main Marvel Universe with Peter and Gwen could happen. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Feb 27, 2015

    Simple version, Spider-Gwen is great. No cynicism or anything else involved here, Spider-Gwen is pure fun and joy. It's a good read and if you loved Spider-Gwen in Spider-Verse, you're going to love her even more in her ongoing series. I had a great time and if you're reading this review and on the fence, get off the fence and buy this book. You will not regret buying Spider-Gwen and putting the book on your pull list immediately after reading it. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Geek Sushi - Kyle Rowsey Mar 2, 2015

    Face it tigers, we've hit the jackpot. The only reason I didn't want to give this book a perfect score is because I know these guys are going to keep surging. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Feb 25, 2015

    With the art clearly wanting to appeal to a youthful new generation and feeling incredibly modern such as in thethe style of Gwen's band "The Mary Janes", I was surprised by just how much this book feels like a classic Spider-Man comic. The humour and quips from Gwen feel like classic Peter and her struggles with her personal life and a city that hates her feel very much like classic Spider-Man stories fans have been clamouring for. Therefore while this book definitely appeals to a new audience and is sure to bring insome new fans, I think classic fans will actually find a lot to love here too if theyre willing to give it a chance. It feels like the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon mixed with Scott Pilgrim and should appeal to both old and new fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 25, 2015

    Edge of Spider-Verse #2 revealed an exciting new vision, and Spider-Gwen #1 is all the reassurance anyone should need that it was not a one-time fluke. Spider-Gwen is a fresh take on classic ideas, featuring some of the best art and writing in superhero comics today. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Face it Marvel, you hit the jackpot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG Mar 9, 2015

    This is overall a solid Issue One and a great jumping on point. There is a great depth and history to this character that will hopefully be explored over time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Magen Cubed Feb 28, 2015

    As solid as the script is, Rodriguez and Renzi carry the storytelling through the strength of the visual narrative. Rodriguezs dramatic perspectives and panel compositions make for a dynamic read from start to finish. His delicate, highly detailed line work give a sense of grace to his long and elegantly rendered figures, as the wispy strands of hair or feathers look fit to flutter away. Every page is moved by an underlying sense of energy, from Gwen web-slinging across the panel to the violence of Frank Castles introduction, and Renzis bold and eclectic perfectly realizes this. Neon hues of pink and green contrast subtle blue backgrounds, and Spider-Woman stands out in the purple night by the power of her striking white-on-black silhouette. Its a beautiful play of buoyant gestural lines and luminous colors, full of little details that beg the eye to linger in Gwens bright, vivacious world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 25, 2015

    While occasionally some of the subplots can be a little weak - right now, the Mary Janes aren't quite ready for primetime, as an example - there's just enough of a balance between the familiar and the new to make Spider-Gwen a spectacular debut. By switching the mythos and having Peter as dead victim in their dynamic, Marvel has given themselves a backdoor to continue capitalizing on the best parts of the Amazing Spider-Man, even if that movie universe is now effectively dead in its grave. There is so much likability associated with Gwen Stacy - and so much uncharted narrative territory for her to grow and develop as a character - that, in retrospect, this idea seems long overdue. That's how you know that Latour, Rodriguez and company are on the right track. So do yourself a favor, and don't miss out on the best new Spider-book on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Mar 2, 2015

    Spider-Gwen is truly an alternate take on Spider-Man, in the sense that we get to see our favorite themes and favorite character types play out in different situations. (Although it comes dangerously close to being too unbalanced by cramming more of one than the other at different times.) All of it would be pretty standard stuff, though, without the signature art from both the pencils/colors and letters, creating a unique voice that's contemporary and youthful among the classic tropes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Feb 25, 2015

    Spider-Gwen jumps into her ongoing in perfectly style. A great book through and through Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Feb 25, 2015

    Is there anything about it I didn't like? I would have liked a little more going right for her. I want to root for Gwen Stacy, as I think most comic fans do. Even though this is an excellent comic that you should keep reading. Gwen's motivations are distorted, but in that aspect she still reminds me of the Peter Parker I was introduced to, that was down on his luck and never quite getting it right, but always trying. I think that the first appearance was what it was, possibly the only shot we had of seeing this world, but this is the first step into it, where we get to see more facets of it, including how wonderfully flawed our hero is. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Eric Bridges Feb 26, 2015

    Spider-Gwen #1 is a fantastic start to a kick-ass heroine. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Feb 27, 2015

    Of course, it would be a shame to talk about the art in “Spider-Gwen” without mentioning colorist and letterer Rico Renzi and Clayton Cowles. Rico's purple-tinted New York is utterly unlike any other depiction of the city in comics right now. It carries with it a sense of otherworldliness, suitable for a parallel Earth story, and even more suitable for a comic that looks like a music video at times. And what's just as interesting as Renzi's coloring is Cowles's lettering. Cowles has long been one of the strongest letterers in the game but his work in “Spider-Gwen” is really top notch. Sound effects in comics are really a lost art that Cowles has reclaimed, especially in the major fight scenes. The onomatopoeias crack with an electricity that sell the impact of the brawls as much as Rodriguez's art does. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Feb 26, 2015

    Overall, I liked the artwork. Some scenes are stronger than others but I think it really fits the tone of the book. The colors are great; they are simultaneously vibrant and subdued which leads to some great pages. I am definitely looking forward to what comes next in this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Moargeek - Anthony Deaver Feb 28, 2015

    Overall a good beginning. If you aren't a die hard Spider-Man fan, skipping this won't cause you to miss anything as the stories take place in a different dimension. However, fans of Gwen Stacey are definitely going to want to pick this up Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Feb 28, 2015

    "Spider-Gwen #1" was one of Marvel's most anticipated series for this year, and it is certainly delivering. The story isn't too strong yet, but there is plenty of room for improvement. For now, we are given another great character from Marvel that can be enjoyed by any demographic. There is plenty of energy in this issue, and those who want to have a good time while they read would be silly to pass this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 26, 2015

    Right now it just feels like things are moving faster than they should, but that it'll hit its groove soon enough. I'm intrigued to be sure. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Overmental - Logan Dalton Feb 25, 2015

    Spider-Gwen #1 is an energetic start to this new series with a well-developed female lead, who hasa blend of wit and inner doubts. The plot is a nice mix of the superhero, crime,and slice of life genres with a creepy looking villain to add tension and conflict. Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi give the irartan injection of punk rock with colorful graffiti that contributes to both the plot and comic's overall aesthetic. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 25, 2015

    If you were captivated by Spider-Gwen's debut last year, you'll definitely want to check out this first issue. More than ever, Latour succeeds in establishing this heroine as a compelling character distinct from any other Spider-Man, Woman, Girl, or Animal. The books psychedelic, graffiti-influenced visuals also go a long way towards making this comic stand out. There isn't a clear, overarching conflict that emerges in this first chapter, but the art, characterization, and clever subversions of familiar Marvel characters are more than enough to make this comic worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Feb 27, 2015

    While there are some changes to the familiar, there is also a lot of what is just familiar. What has been characteristic of the new wave is that it has taken a new approach to these characters with new ideas, but Spider-Gwen for the time being seems to be more about recycled ideas with a new character. It is thus the weakest of the titles thus far, arguably not as good even as Silk. The series is not bad, only that it does not seem to be aiming as high as the others that have preceded it. Ironically due to the popularity of the character, it is also the one that is likely to survive the longest, and it would be nice therefore if the creative team tried something a little more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Superior Spider-Talk - Tony Goodwyn Feb 26, 2015

    Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez return to the character they made popular during "Spider-Verse" and continue Gwen's story, setting up her world and dramas while introducing a new iteration of an old Spider-foe. Parallels to classic Spider-Man situations and fun, kinetic artwork make for a promising start to the series that's worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Mar 3, 2015

    There was a lot to love about Gwen Stacy before she ever got spider-powers. Spider-Gwen #1 reveals a world has a very different Gwen Stacy, but she still has all the same characteristics that make her so lovable. She's still that sweet girl next door that boys are afraid to talk to since her father is a cop. She just happens to have spider-powers in this world and she's had the same rotten luck as Peter Parker in terms of using them responsibility. But considering how she ended up dead in Peter's world, it still counts as an upgrade. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Feb 26, 2015

    I didn't really know what to expect going into this series, but what I got was a really nice surprise.Spider-Gwen, while I'm not dying about the name, is a fun and vibrant book that is well worth picking up. Even not having read the series that spawned it, I didn't feel too lost as I have a basic working knowledge of Spider-Man lore. If you fancy a slightly different take on web-slinging, check this interesting new female-led book out at your LCS or digitally. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Z Mar 1, 2015

    Overall, Spider-Gwen #1 is a stellar first issue. Building upon everything that made Edge of Spider-Verse #2 so great, things can only get better for this series. If anything, this series will cement Latour and Rodriguez and serious A-list comic talent. With great writing and visuals Spider-Gwen is sure to be a hit with a multitude of readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 26, 2015

    An early contender for Marvel's strongest new debut of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Feb 25, 2015

    There was a lot of hype going into this character and series and this creative team delivers on those expectations. Even readers who may not enjoy reimaginedcharacters will be pleasantly surprised by what Latour, Rodriguez and Renzi have done with Spider-Gwen. Fans usually complain about what either Marvel or DC do wrong, but Spider-Gwen is an example of what they do right. Marvel listened to fans, took them seriously, got great creators and gave readers a great story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Feb 25, 2015

    Spider-Gwen #1 is an enjoyable start to the new series. You do need to read the one-shot where our title character debuted, but it still works. The story and writing are a lot of fun, while the artwork is vibrant. If you are looking for a good new Spider-Verse esque book, but without all the pesky and heavy continuity, Spider-Gwen #1 would be a great choice. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Feb 27, 2015

    Spider-Gwen #1 is off to a very good start. Even surrounded by similar comics, it stands out on its own thanks to its alternate-reality premise and its fan-favorite character. For a lot of comic book fans, including yours truly, Gwen Stacy is nothing more than a distant memory, killed off long before some of us were even born. Latour and Rodriguez seem ready to make her the breakout character of the year. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 26, 2015

    Overall, Spider-Gwen is an interesting first read. The character is great, the art is beautiful and the alternate versions of Marvel characters are all what make this issue sell. However, the lack of focus on the first issue can make the book a bit slow, but it's still a fascinating take on the character. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Feb 25, 2015

    It reads more as an issue #2, continuing the story left off fromEdge of Spider-Verse #2. Fans of Spider-Gwen clamored for more after that book. More is what as been provided. The background details coming into play make it wise that readers hold on through the first three to six issues to see if the payoff will be worth it. There isgreat foundation for what could be a unique story. For now, Latour is easing people in with familiar ideas and hidden references for returning readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 26, 2015

    An energetic start for the character the fans went nuts for… Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Feb 25, 2015

    I guess I just wish that witha book as important as this one, I wanted it to feel a little bit weightier. I wanted to feel a need to come back for issue #2 because the story is so compelling, but instead the story is just good enough. The last thing I want to feel when reading any first issue is “I can wait for the trade,” andthere's a little bit of that for me here. But at the end of the day, I'm so behind the concept of a Spider-Gwen ongoing comic that I'm intrigued enough to keep reading. And if you're at all curious about this character, by all means, check out Spider-Gwen #1. Just know to keep your expectations in check. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Feb 26, 2015

    I have to wonder if the non-committal approach to Spider-Gwen's character is the direct result of the fan favoritism that spawned this comic. Despite creating the character, Dan Slott isn't the author ofSpider-GwenratherJason Latour, a relatively new author. Combine Latour's inexperience with the massive popularity of the Spider-Gwen character, and one wonders if Gwen's shallowness in the comics comes from a fear to enact any change on the character, thus diverge from whatever it was so many fans clings to in the first place. Barring prior fan investment, Spider-Gwenis a real misfire that fails to engage and comes off as just a great, big stumble at the starting line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supes' soups Feb 26, 2015

    I have mixed feelings about Spider-Gwen. I'll admit I love her character and was excited about the concept of Gwen as Spider-Woman for EOSV #2. That issue was the most intriguing out of the five, partially due to the fact that it was based on a character that was well-established in the Spider-Man mythos. However, upon picking up the comic and seeing the art, themes, and storyline, I can't help but feel it's a comic book of trends. Meaning it has the elements of a book that caters to modern hipsters and wants to draw in a new audience rather than completely satisfying the old one. There's nothing wrong with that (growing an audience means more $$) and I'm sure plenty of old comic-readers will appreciate this which I did but between this comic, the new direction of Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew with her new costume), and Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr's Batgirl, it seems comics are once again evolving with the times. There have been many trendy artistic cues (Even the word bubbles are designed differently in SG #1) so the focus on aesthetics are in flux. I was raised on Jim Lee art of the 90's and watched Bruce Timm's Batman growing up so this is a bit out of my comfort zone but I appreciate it for what it is. However, I can't say it's now my new favorite. The story explores old themes done in a new way. And in this issue we are introduced to the Vulture. I'll stick around for a few more issues but if I'm honest, I think that recent Marvel successes such as Star Wars and Spider-Gwen has been fueled by hype more than substance.

  • 8.0
    AlphaNerdsProductions Feb 20, 2016

    A solid comic that is a bit hard to jump in to. The art is the main selling point of the series, with antique and electric style. The characterization is strong, as is the reason this series exists. George and Gwen Stacy are engaging and well written characters that you'll love and and want to follow. This universe also seems ripe for exploration, with a positive future ahead. However this issue is impossible to fully enjoy. It moves quickly, and doesn't establish all its moving pieces. Without reading the hard to find edge of spider verse 2, it'll be very difficult to follow. Nevertheless this is a series to give more than a chance to.

  • 7.5
    Al B. Harper Mar 13, 2015

    Not as great as I was hoping for based on the awesomeness that was EoSV #2, but a solid start to the series.

  • 7.0
    Henry Killinger Feb 26, 2015

    The art is really neat but as a new reader into the spider-verse I feel very out of the loop.

  • 7.0
    AgentPoyo May 5, 2015

    Art is great, story is just sort of flat, unoriginal. It's Peter Parker's story in another universe that just happens to be Gwen Stacy instead.

  • 7.0
    666nashville Jun 12, 2015

    I thought Spider-Gwen's solo series was long overdue, and this issue did not prove me wrong, but I just wished they had something slightly different with it. The inner dialogue, the desire to prove herself to her city, her relationship with her dad, it all screams Batgirl. However, I'm happy Marvel gave her a chance.

  • 6.5
    RumBlossom Apr 2, 2015

    The artwork has lots of detail, but has some very ugly characters that I am mezmorized by. I admit I havnt read any of the spider verse issues so I was very lost. I didn't get many of the references and they assume I already know what's going on. It seemed to pick up right in the middle of a story. I'm sticking with it for a couple more issues to see how it pans out.

  • 5.0
    RedDiamondDame Mar 13, 2015

    Compared to Edge of Spider-verse #2, this issue falls completely flat. The art and colors are vibrant. The fight scenes and spectacular and the troll like humor at the expensive of the vulture is chuckle worthy. The problem is the vapid Mary Janes, the over extension of the writer in attempting to represent a generation he is clearly not in tune with and an overall lack of heart in the issue. having just come back from the Spider-verse war, Gwen interacts with no one. There are no connection that help us to feel like this world is still of value. This makes the stakes for noting down the antagonist feel shallow. While this is the intent of the author, it keeps a full spirit from developing in the book. The potential ingredients for this series are in place in the issue, with none of the follow through. The promise is all for down the road, later in the arc. Fans of Spider-Gwen will continue to rave though, because a book like this deserves to be read and without over enosis tic fantasy it will be crushed under the weight of "traditional" fans feeling threatened by yet another women readers centric book.

  • 5.0
    TomSQUAREy Mar 17, 2015

    Picked up the 1st edition to check it out.... Sorry to say I am very disappointed. Much more focused on the teenage girl than the wonder of the spiderverse in my opinion.

  • 9.0
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  • 8.0
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