What If...? Dark: Spider-Gwen #1

Writer: Gerry Conway, Jody Houser Artist: Ramon Bachs Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 26, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 2
7.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Spider-Legend Gerry Conway returns to his most famous Spider-Story for this WHAT IF along with co-writer Jody Houser! WHAT IF Gwen Stacy didn't die on the bridge that day, but Spider-Man DID?! 'Nuff said, I presume!
Rated T

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Megan Peters Jul 26, 2023

    Faced with untold grief, this What If? series asks us to step into a new world where Queens had lost Peter's protection, but it doesn't take long for Gwen to find footing as a hero in her own right. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 30, 2023

    Despite the title, What If? Dark Spider-Gwen isn't a piece of edgelord superheroics. It's actually a comics legend getting to revisit one of his classic storylines and with the help of co-writer Houser and artists Bachs and Cunniffe, Gerry Conway gets to give Gwen Stacy agency and a robust character arc even if the inciting incident of the story (Spider-Man drowning) is a little flimsy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 27, 2023

    What If? Dark Spider-Gwen delivers exactly on the potential these What If? one-shots have. Jody Houser and Ramon Bachs did a very good job at utilizing Gerry Conway and Gil Kane's iconic "The Night Gwen Stacy Died to tell a different Spider-Gwen origin story. The way this story ended was a bit disappointing that this was simply a one-shot as the end isn't as definitive as fans may hope. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Super Hero Hype - Matt Morrison Jul 26, 2023

    Despite these flaws, What If? Dark: Spider-Gwen #1 is a serviceable What If? story. Spider-Gwen fans will appreciate it as a new take on the idea of Gwen Stacy as a hero. Classic Spider-Man fans may have trouble with the details, but should enjoy it as a light read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jul 26, 2023

    It feels harsh to describe What If? Dark: Spider-Gwen #1 as redundant, but Spider-Gwen has become such a fandom in her own right now not to mention the many Gwen variants that have since sprung into existence because of that that it has the unfortunate effect of making this story feel a little rote. Read Full Review

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