Unbelievable Gwenpool #1
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Unbelievable Gwenpool #1

Writer: Christopher Hastings Artist: Gurihiru, Danillo Beyruth Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 13, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 12
7.8Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

2015's overnight internet sensation takes center stage in her own ongoing series! Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you...until she woke up in a world where the characters she read about seemed to be real! But they can't be, right? This must all be fake, or a dream or something, right? And you know what that means...NO CONSEQUENCES! Could Gwenpool truly be Marvel's least responsible and least role-modely character to date? She can if she tries!
Rated T

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - sarahrasher Apr 13, 2016

    Gwenpool isn't perfect, and it's not for everybody. I'm still not sure whether it's a step forward for female-led comics, or if it's wryly undermining its own feminism. Gwenpool herself is a grating character, a little too anti-heroic for readers who prefer to relate or aspire to their heroes. But it's cool and clever, and it manages to take self-referentiality in a different direction than Marvel titles usually do. Even if you doubt Gwenpool is your cup of tea, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Latest Pull - Cory Bishop Apr 13, 2016

    I know it's a little pricey but you should absolutely give this book a chance. It's a fun book with great art, pick this up. You'll thank me later. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Apr 12, 2016

    It's going to be a long wait until #2 comes out, but thankfully #1 has a significant amount of rereadability. There is a sequence with a nameless police officer who Gwen describes as an "extra" that is among the funniest things I've ever read, and which made me laugh out loud on two separate read-throughs. Ultimately, Unbelievable Gwenpool is starting remarkably strong. Based on Hastings' work in the holiday special and the backups seen in Howard the Duck, it is in the best hands possible. With excellent art and strong voice, it is the best #1 I've read all year. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Apr 13, 2016

    Gwenpool is not the book I thought it would be going into it and that's a glorious thing. It takes part of what makes Deadpool great and puts its own distinct spin on it, creating something truly special and hilarious. If you are interested in a book that is funny, features comic book fans and even a serious moment or two, then Unbelieveable Gwenpool #1 is a book you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Apr 15, 2016

    "Gwenpool" really surprised me with how inventive it felt. I'm still iffy about how corporate the premise of the book feels, but "Gwenpool" #1 really played off my expectations to deliver something I did not see coming. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Apr 13, 2016

    This series may be worth a try if you arent quite a fan of Deadpool, but dont mind Deadpool-adjacent. Rather than heavy on the quips that define him as a character, The Unbelievable Gwenpool infuses gunplay and mercenaries with a lighter and much more palatable tone and style, never losing sight of the character in effort to connect her to Marvels modern cash cow. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 17, 2016

    I didnt know what to expect from this book- but what I got out of it was a great read with a shocking ending that will change the status quo of the character for sure. Gwenpool pokes fun at lame villains and questions costume designs, just like readers would, and that right there helps make the connection. Lets see where our lost little hero ends up next. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 12, 2016

    It may seem like there's no more room at Marvel for goofy, lighthearted superhero fare, but The Unbelievable Gwenpool instantly finds it niche. As silly and charming as this first issue is, its real success is in contrasting Gwen's carefree spirit and devil-may-care attitude with the real, tragic consequences of her behavior. Gwen Poole isn't a role model, but she's a heck of a lot of fun to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Joseph Seaman Apr 17, 2016

    All in all, The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1 is a funny, action packed comic that keeps itself open for a bright (probably pink) future and definitely deserves a spot on the pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 12, 2016

    While not all that funny, the comic is fun and done well enough. There's plenty of action, it moves at a good clip and establishes supporting characters well. The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1 ends with a cliffhanger that'll make you come back too, but don't expect to know or care why Gwenpool even has a book to call her own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 12, 2016

    There's a kind of uncertain demeanor to "The Unbelievable Gwenpool" #1, where Hastings begins to explore his character in earnest while remaining vague about the concept's longterm workability. For now, though, the comic carries a lot of darkly humorous fun and has earned the benefit of any doubt. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 21, 2016

    Bottom line: read this issue and see how you like the book. This series is going to be awesome—I can tell. I’ll be keeping up and letting you know just how awesome it gets! Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    NerdEnt.Net - Brendan Hughes Dec 28, 2016

    While other reviewers might rate higher on this comic, I likely break that trend as my sense is it is merely a rehash of the same old same old. The bottom line for me is it's not great, it's not terrible - I can take it or leave it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CourtOfNerds - Emily Slater Apr 13, 2016

    Fun artwork and story, but not a must-read unless you're a die-hard. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Apr 14, 2016

    There are going to be plenty of people who love this comic for sure, but for others it is going to be another title added to just inflate an already oversaturated brand. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Apr 15, 2016

    Marvel's new Gwenpool ongoing is derivative, but perfectly viable for current Deadpool readers looking for an additional fix. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Apr 16, 2016

    Despite going in expecting to hate it, I thought Unbelievable Gwenpool was funny and really charming. Do I still think the character itself is a cynical cash grab? Well, yeah. But hey, if your cynical cashgrab is written this well and makes me laugh out loud more than once in an issue, I guess it's all worth it. How this will fare as an ongoing series is anyone's guess really " cute as it was, I could see the whole shtick getting tired real fast " but as for this first issue, it was pretty darn fun, and made me laugh at all the right places. In the end, what more can you ask for? Read Full Review

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