GHOST-SPIDER #4 Shows More On The Life Of Gwen Stacy

FIRST IMPRESSION

Ghost-Spider #4 delivers another fun adventure for Gwen in her college life. Looking forward to the future of this series and what it might have in store for us.
Writing/Story
Pencils/Inks
Coloring
Lettering
- Advertisement -

Out this week from Marvel Comics, Ghost-Spider #4 progresses Gwen’s wacky school adventures with a villain that has a history with “her.”

Gwen Stacy has a stalker… Again… Actually it’s the same guy that is was forever ago. As you may know, Gwen Stacy of Earth 65 is the Spider-Woman of her world, who also outed herself as the killer of Peter Parker and was publically prosecuted,  sent to jail, came back, was called Spider-Gwen for a time, started college in Earth 616 and has now taken to the name “Ghost-Spider.”

Coincidentally, teaching at the university that Gwen is attending is none other than Miles Warren, otherwise known as The Jackal. Who in the past, had an obsession with Gwen from Earth 616. (Peter Parker’s home dimension) Now that a Gwen Stacy has returned to this Earth, Warren’s creepy obsession can begin again.

Yikes… yeah, he’s creepy.

- Advertisement -

While the pacing in for Ghost Spider is admittedly a little slow, seeing Gwen adapt to her new life is the more rewarding part of the story. Previous tales revolving around her had a tendency to be outright depressing almost all the time. Those stories are phenomenal in their own right but it is nice to see Gwen finally catch a break on all of the tragedy that had been surrounding her. Let’s be honest, she’s been through a lot. Ghost Spider #4 continues these feel-good moments for Gwen but also shows us signs of what is to come.

Seanan McGuire writes a good Gwen Stacy, the character feels genuine in her age and attitude with the same spunk we’ve come to love from our punk rock spider gal. Gwen is still as snarky as ever but also caring and selfless as shown by how much she worries for her friend Benji when she does not meet her after school.

Gwen is kind of used to the people she cares about being hurt by being around her. So this concern feels pretty genuine.

Takeshi Miyazawa’s art has been top-notch and fitting for the Earth 65 aesthetic. His Gwen art in and out of costume differs mildly from previous artists’ like Robbi Rodriguez, for example, Gwen having longer hair and the suit having more notable shading all around. This is more a difference in styles than anything but Miyazawa’s designs still stands out to me and are very pleasing to look at.

I love these Symbiote costume change panels. I hope she keeps her Venom for good, their relationship is kind of adorable.

I like the inking a lot in this issue particularly. There are a lot of good shadowy panels and Rosi Kämpe does an excellent job emphasizing them. The coloring by Ian Herring is strong as well, the backgrounds on Earth 616 and 65 differ in palette choices with 616 having more traditional skies of blue and orange and 65 keeping to its usual purples and neons. The lettering is done by VC’s Clayton Cowles and is well kept and easy to digest. All “Thwips” are accounted for.

Ghost-Spider #4 is a decent issue for Spider-Gwen fans, McGuire shows an understanding of the character well and I am curious to see where she takes it from here. Hopefully, we will continue to see more of Gwen and her symbiote on Earth 616 and potentially cross over more with the heroes there. Spider-Women was such a fun read I would love to see her team up with Silk or Spider-Woman again while she is there.

Who would you like to see Gwen team up with while she’s on 616? Miles? Ms. Marvel? Maybe the Unstoppable Wasp? Let us know in the comments!


Save 50% on graphic novels, statues & more!

MEET THE TEAM

Avatar
396 POSTS8 COMMENTS
Avatar
30 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Cody Walker
49 POSTS8 COMMENTS
Avatar
32 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
101 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
160 POSTS3 COMMENTS
David Weber
1 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
121 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Grant DeArmitt
17 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Jason Jeffords Jr
47 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
189 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
24 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
56 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
470 POSTS9 COMMENTS
Avatar
2497 POSTS14 COMMENTS
Avatar
223 POSTS5 COMMENTS
Patrick Kennedy
2 POSTS3 COMMENTS
Avatar
120 POSTS16 COMMENTS
Avatar
275 POSTS6 COMMENTS
Samuel Pratt
12 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Avatar
11 POSTS0 COMMENTS
Samuel Pratt
Samuel Pratt
A more recent interest in comics, Sam really got into the scene by keeping up with Spider-Gwen stories since her inception. Since then Sam has jumped into many different series that he has come to love. Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Booms! Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Captain Marvel, and other mainline Marvel series.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

SPONSORS

If you want your BUSINESS to be part of something bigger than itself, you might be a good fit to partner with Monkeys Fighting Robots.

CONTACT US

Are you a creator looking for a review of your book?
Use the form below to end us a message.

Are you a fan of the website and have a comment, question, or concern? Drop us a line, and we will gladly answer all your questions.

JOIN THE TEAM

Monkeys Fighting Robots is looking for passionate writers to drive the site’s coverage of the comic book industry. Authors will be responsible for a particular niche, providing reviews, opinion and news coverage, while building a reader community using his or her multimedia storytelling skills. The best candidates have solid writing skills, WordPress knowledge, and are engaged on social media. Do you love comic books and have a strong opinion, then we would like to speak with you.

COMIC REVIEW DIGEST, sign up today! At Monkeys Fighting Robots, we strive to talk about ALL aspects of a comic book, instead of just giving you a recap of the story.
  • Did you notice how epic the colors were?
  • That was a wicked panel layout by the artist!
  • What was the letterer thinking?
  • How did this comic book make you feel?
  • Most importantly, should you buy it?

Every Wednesday you will receive an email with our latest reviews and analyses, as well as our original comic strips and exclusive editorial content.
Thanks for signing up!