Published: July 3rd, 2017
Written by: Jason Latour
Art by: Robbi Rodriguez
Marvel Comics, 112 Pages
This collection of Spider-Gwen starts off with a Thanksgiving issue that is more of a distraction than anything. But at least we get a visit from the Jessica Drew Spider-Woman and the Roger Gocking version of Porcupine, who is her baby’s nanny now.
Following the Thanksgiving issue, we go into a Christmas issue. This series really likes doing holiday themed stories, as these both follow the Halloween issue that capped off the last collection of Spider-Gwen.
Luckily, we didn’t get a New Year’s, Valentine’s or St. Patty’s issue. But what we did get is odd and bizarre one-off stories that didn’t really push the overall narrative of the series forward.
On the plus side, we didn’t get more whiney Emo-Gwen brooding. We got some humor, some parody and a general lightheartedness. However, I feel like I could have skipped this book entirely and not missed a thing.
With this collection, I feel like the writers ran out of ideas for this series that started out pretty darn strong. It reads more like comedy than anything else and with all that has been established before this, there is a lot of ground that can be covered.
Gwen also still doesn’t have her powers at the beginning of this. She has a limited amount of “power-ups” she can use to become Spider-Gwen and really this is being written more like a video game where things like power-ups need to be explained but I guess that’s cool for the Millennial generation, as is the emo brooding heroine.
I liked Spider-Gwen but if I was reading the series, issue to issue and not collected, I probably would have checked out over this stretch, as it feels like it’s just aimless and throwing shit up on the wall. I’ll at least check out the next volume and see if it gets back on track but this was where my interest really started to wane.
This book has a lot of cameos though, so if you’re a fan of team ups and cameos, you’ll probably dig some of this.
Pairs well with: Other Spider-Gwen collections.