Radioactive Spider-Gwen #5 Review

Spider Gwen #5
Writer: Jason Latour
Pencils: Chris Visions
Colors: Rico Renzi 
Letters: Clayton Cowles

Earth-65’s Spider-Woman, known to us as Spider-Gwen comes near to an end in her first story arc, Greater Power, in All New All Different Marvel with issue number 5.  The previous issue ended on a cliffhanger with Harry Osborn/Green Goblin on a revenge quest to destroy Spider-Gwen for the death of his friend Peter Parker.  Gwen was unable to escape and because she didn’t want to inflict any harm onto Harry, she was subdued and he found out who was really under the mask.

So you think this issue would center around the aftermath of this massive reveal to an important character.  Something similar to say the episode of Netflix’s Daredevil when Foggy discovered Matt was the man behind the mask and we get more backstory surrounding there past relationship.  Instead this issue focuses on Gwen’s father Captain George Stacy in a confrontation with Matt Murdock, who in this universe is a lawyer/muscle for Wilson Fisk’s crime syndicate.

I really like this turn in the story that Latour took.  While it is a bit of a snag to have extraordinarily little Spider-Gwen in comic book called Spider-Gwen, this issue allowed the readers to get a better understanding and more depth to this universe.

We see just how similar both Gwen and her father are in this issue, as their lives are essentially mirror images of each other.  Murdock puts George in a sticky situation and gives him an ultimatum but one in which that would completely contradict his morals both as a cop, father, and human being.  A man who is struggling to juggle the multiple responsibilities that his multiple lives are demanding of him.  Gwen is finding difficulty in balancing the responsibility of being a superhero, a drummer in a band, and working to pay the bills.  While George is finding difficulty in balancing being a father, a cop, and holding to his moral standards.

This issue gives us a detour in art with pencils being done by Chris Visions, as opposed to Robbi Rodriquez who has been sketching for the series since the beginning of the first volume.  Normally I’m not a fan of this, especially when it’s in the middle of a story arc.  Fortunately, they really made it work this time around.

Visions’ pencils are similar in style and does a good job of giving similar appearances to previously established characters so that we aren’t waiting for someone to direct someone by name in order to know who it is.  Which is unfortunately the case whenever there is a change in artist on most occasions now a days.  Visions keeps to the tone, mood, and style that Latour and Rodriguez have established, which is what a artist should do when coming into an already ongoing series and it’s greatly appreciated from me.

Overall, Spider-Gwen #5 is a solid character driven issue with tone fitting art that ends on a cliff hanger leaving me wanting to know how this story will end.

Score: 4 out of 5

Review by Eric Bradach

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