Review: Edge of the Spider-Verse #2: Gwen Stacy Is Going To Be Marvel’s New Leading Lady
The Edge of the Spider-Verse miniseries features alternate universe one-shots on the Spider-Man mythology and issue #2, written by Jason Latour with art by Robbi Rodriguez, we meet Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman
Edge of the Spider-Verse #2 cover by Robbi Rodriguez from marvel.com
Edge of the Spider-Verse #2
WRITER: Jason Latour
ARTIST: Robbi Rodriguez
COLORIST: Rico Renzi
LETTERER: VC’s Clayton Cowles
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2014 (1st Printing) and October 29, 2014 (2nd Printing)
The Edge of the Spider-Verse miniseries follows alternate universe mythologies of the Spider-Man mythology. In issue #2 we were introduced to a world where Gwen Stacy is bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. Gwen gains the abilities of Spider-Man, and decides to become Spider-Woman. Peter, however, wants to be powerful and tries to gain abilities for himself. Peter doesn’t survive and Spider-Woman is blamed for the murder. Gwen is suddenly public enemy number one and is being hunted by her own father, police Captain Stacy.
I was personally a little leery of the Edge of the Spider-Verse mini series. I liked the idea as a concept; it’s an easy way to try out new ideas and see if they work. I don’t think even Marvel realized that Gwen Stacy was going to be as popular as she has become. The first printing sold out within days, and she was a common sight at the recent New York Comic Con. She has been so well received that Marvel greenlit an ongoing solo series for her. It really shows how much comic fans are clamoring for new female characters.
The book itself is a very solid introduction to this new mythology. Within two pages the reader is caught up in the story of Gwen, and how she came to be. The writing and story are pretty good and easy to follow. It reads like a book that is in the middle of the run and is confident in its storytelling. Sometimes it takes writers some time to get a handle on a character, but Jason Latour steps into Gwen’s story like he’s been telling it for years, but it also work as a very good introduction. This is also part of an on going story, but I would say that you don’t really need to worry about the rest of it to understand and enjoy Gwen’s story.
However, the thing that really makes Gwen stand out is her costume. This is probably one of the better costume designs I’ve seen for a female character in a long time. The design isn’t any tighter than her male counterparts, and comes with the added benefit of a very visually interesting hood. The art by Robbi Rodriguez is clear and easy to follow. He captures Gwen’s facial expressions and her anguish at not only losing Peter, but knowing that that her father is leading a witch hunt against her.
Edge of the Spider-Verse #2 is the introduction to what could be one of the new great female characters in the Marvel universe. Her solo series was announced less than a month after the book dropped. That shows how excited both Marvel and readers are excited about this new interpretation of one of the most well known female characters in the Spider-Man universe.