Review of Spider-Gwen: Gwen-Verse

Spider-Gwen : Gwen-Verse by Tim Seeley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Can we talk about how excited I was to find a new volume of Spider-Gwen on the shelves? (Particularly after my disappointment at the close of the last iteration) And so gorgeously drawn by Jodi Nishijima! I was a little hesitant, though, wondering how it would branch from the previous disaster to a new story arc. But Mr. Seeley handled it as well as one might expect. At any rate, it read smoothly for anyone, both those who’ve followed the series from the beginning and new readers – not an easy feat.

The concept was interesting, as well, given Gwen’s penchant for bouncing around the multiverse. It offered the perfect balance of humor and introspection that plays so well with her complicated character, leading to a completely satisfying resolution. (And you better believe I was worried on that score!)

The only weakness came from the choice of antagonist. Finale simply didn’t check the boxes for me. (And don’t get me started on the villain monologue schtick) Her motivation came across as weak at best, and her departure scene? Overly dramatic, even for her character. I wasn’t impressed. The supporting supervillains had more to offer – without providing backstories. And I don’t say that simply because I’m a huge Cthululu fan. (I promise)

Overall, a solid entry to the collection. I just wish it didn’t appear to be standalone, with little promise of a continuation of the series.

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