Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Vol. 1: Spider-Geddon

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Vol. 1: Spider-Geddon

Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Woman of Earth-65, makes her sensational return! And she's picking up right where she left off, fighting crime through her home reality - unaware that it sits on the precipice of interdimensional calamity! Spider-Geddon is about to rock Gwen's world! Finding herself trapped in a parallel dimension as her friends and fellow Spiders are dying...with he...

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Title:Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Vol. 1: Spider-Geddon
Author:Seanan McGuire
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Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Vol. 1: Spider-Geddon Reviews

  • Nikki

    It's really rough having to start your run on a character at the same time as big event they take part in. I can't believe how good this is, despite Seanan McGuire having to tie it into Spider-Geddon. (Which was great, by the way.) But somehow, instead of just 'working around' that, she freaking uses it as a springboard to launch this series and also make me cry. Read this, and also read Spider-Geddon. Long Live Gwen Stacy.

  • Lauren

    A fun storyline about Gwen as she wanders through the multiverse trying to find a way back to her friends, who are in imminent danger. This book does reference previous stories, but I found it pretty easy to understand even without having read the earlier Spider-Gwen series. There is a complete story in this volume, and also several good character moments for Gwen. I'll certainly be following this book as it continues, and it also prompted me to go pick up some of the other Spiderverse books.

  • Wing Kee

    A new writer a strong voice.

    World: The art is great, the first three issues are Spider-Geddon and there is a style to the book that I really enjoyed, I love the stylish art because I think a book like Gwen's deserves a unique style and this book has it, the fourth issue I don't know if it's the same artist, sorry I didn't check but it's also very good, it looks a bit more scratchy but it's still pretty great. The world building for this book is okay, it's Spider-Geddon but not really because Gwe

    A new writer a strong voice.

    World: The art is great, the first three issues are Spider-Geddon and there is a style to the book that I really enjoyed, I love the stylish art because I think a book like Gwen's deserves a unique style and this book has it, the fourth issue I don't know if it's the same artist, sorry I didn't check but it's also very good, it looks a bit more scratchy but it's still pretty great. The world building for this book is okay, it's Spider-Geddon but not really because Gwen pretty much gets sidelined very early in the event and she spends most of her time on one world getting to know the differences in this world and her navigating it. The pieces here are nice, they are a twist of the original 616 staples, which Gwen already is so it was fun. Solid. The aftermath issue has little bits and pieces of new status quo for Gwen which I enjoyed.

    Story: Well Gwen thankfully was sidelined for most of Spider-Geddon so these first three issues, although they are a tie in really is not really that tied in, only the fact that she wants to get home fast is the tie in. The three issues are paced rather well and the there are a lot of quite moments and character development here that really sets this book steady for her own series. McGuire is new to the series and Latour was amazing so I don't know what I would think with a new writer. However I am very surprised, we get Gwen, she's still moody and emo and her world is the same but there is a slight change in the voice of Gwen but it's still great. I like the tone that McGuire has set and I look forward to seeing what she does with this book (she's filling some big shoes). The Aftermath issue is emotionally charged and has more heart than the entire Spider-Geddon event which is more of a comment on the event and not this book. These 4 issues were solid, I wish her new book didn't start with an event as it had to also have that monkey on it's back but overall it was fun.

    Characters: Gwen is great, new writer has changed her voice slightly but I like that each writers brings their own voice to Gwen. It's still very Gwen but the slight tweaking is interesting and hope to see where she goes in this book. There is not a lot of depth in the character this arc because of the tie in but that's fine. We also don't get a lot of the other cast of characters also because we do meet characters but they are from a different world but I wonder if we'll see them again.

    Solid start that is somewhat hampered by a tie in.

    Onward to the next book!

    *read individual issues*

  • Chris Lemmerman

    I did not expect this to be this good. And really, launching mid-event, with a mountain of continuity behind it, it really shouldn't be.

    And yet.

    Seanan McGuire slips into Spider-Gwen's world as easily as if she'd be writing it for the past 4 years, wrangling her complicated backstory, extensive supporting cast, and even the Spider-Geddon event into shape as well without alienating new readers. Spider-Geddon itself would be hard enough, but doing all the rest of that as well? Legendary.

    The first t

    I did not expect this to be this good. And really, launching mid-event, with a mountain of continuity behind it, it really shouldn't be.

    And yet.

    Seanan McGuire slips into Spider-Gwen's world as easily as if she'd be writing it for the past 4 years, wrangling her complicated backstory, extensive supporting cast, and even the Spider-Geddon event into shape as well without alienating new readers. Spider-Geddon itself would be hard enough, but doing all the rest of that as well? Legendary.

    The first three issues are pretty good, with Gwen coming to terms with some things by examining herself through the eyes of an alternate universe Gwen, but the fourth issue is where things really shine as Gwen visits the worlds of the Spider-People that perished during the event. It's something that none of the other Spiders, even Peter and Miles, didn't think to do, and it clearly affects Gwen in a way that no one else has seemed to even consider it might affect them.

    Artwise, we have Rosi Kampe for the most part, who I believe is new to Marvel but a solid entrant into their stable, while Takeshi Miyazawa steps in for issue 4 and instantly makes Gwen's world his own. The distinctive visual style of Robbi Rodriguez was a huge selling point for the previous run, but Kampe and Miyazawa's contribution here instantly help this book establish a new identity for its new direction.

    Despite everything stacked against it, somehow Spider-Gwen still remains a hit (probably even moreso than before).

  • Devann

    This was surprisingly coherent for a volume full of issues that are part of tie in which I have absolutely no knowledge of. From what i can figure out apparently Marvel was doing an event called 'Spider-geddon' which seems to have a similar plotline to the Into the Spider-verse movie [which I

    seen!]. The first three volumes seemed pretty self-contained and I found them enjoyable overall. The last issues focuses on some fallout and character deaths from the crossover event and includes a lot

    This was surprisingly coherent for a volume full of issues that are part of tie in which I have absolutely no knowledge of. From what i can figure out apparently Marvel was doing an event called 'Spider-geddon' which seems to have a similar plotline to the Into the Spider-verse movie [which I

    seen!]. The first three volumes seemed pretty self-contained and I found them enjoyable overall. The last issues focuses on some fallout and character deaths from the crossover event and includes a lot of Spider-people I have never heard of so it was kind of hard to make myself care that they died and Gwen was sad about it. Basically I just read this because I read everything that Seanan writes. I think it was interesting enough and I obviously like her writing style, but I am excited to see what she can write with this title in the future when she isn't constrained with tying it into other titles so directly.

  • James DeSantis

    Story: The first 3 issues of this book are basically Spider-Geddon storyline. I wasn't the hugest fan of this event. Anyway, we get to let Seanan kind of tell their story for Gwen. Right off the bat you get a different voice for her. More self-hating in ways, but still quirky, and quippy. The last issue of this collection focuses on the fallout of the event, and how Gwen will deal with the death of some of her friends.

    Art: It's pretty solid overall. As always, Spider-Gwen has one of the best co

    Story: The first 3 issues of this book are basically Spider-Geddon storyline. I wasn't the hugest fan of this event. Anyway, we get to let Seanan kind of tell their story for Gwen. Right off the bat you get a different voice for her. More self-hating in ways, but still quirky, and quippy. The last issue of this collection focuses on the fallout of the event, and how Gwen will deal with the death of some of her friends.

    Art: It's pretty solid overall. As always, Spider-Gwen has one of the best costumes around. I also think the action flows reasonably well, feels quick, and that's important for Spider-man type comics.

    Enjoyment: I really think the last issue is powerful. It shows gwen vulnerable yet strong for her friends. She goes to each person's house who had fallen in the fight from the event, and lets their love ones know what happened. Of course each reaction is different, but Gwen holds herself up like a true hero. The last issue is very powerful and I'm interested to see where it leads to next.

    What Didn't Work: The story of first 3 issues is another "What if" and they kind of getting as tired as the time traveling x-men stories. I'm kind of bored for that stuff on Spider-man. Also, being the opening chapters be so connected to an event isn't the best way to start.

    Overall, it was decent for first 3 issues but the last was strong enough that I want more. A 3 out of 5.

  • Billy Jepma

    I *loved* Robbie Rodriguez and Jason Latour’s Spider-Gwen run from start to finish. It was unabashedly pure to the heart of its characters and had enough spunk, style, and character to fuel an army. With their run over, however, and Spider-Gwen becoming more popular than ever courtesy of the (flawless) movie Into the Spider-Verse, Spider-Gwen has a new comic with a new creative team and it’s...just okay.

    I want to love this, and I *almost* do. Seanan McGuire’s writing is solid, the art is quite

    I *loved* Robbie Rodriguez and Jason Latour’s Spider-Gwen run from start to finish. It was unabashedly pure to the heart of its characters and had enough spunk, style, and character to fuel an army. With their run over, however, and Spider-Gwen becoming more popular than ever courtesy of the (flawless) movie Into the Spider-Verse, Spider-Gwen has a new comic with a new creative team and it’s...just okay.

    I want to love this, and I *almost* do. Seanan McGuire’s writing is solid, the art is quite good and has a lot of dynamic layouts, but this first volume has the unfortunate privilege of being intrinsically tied into yet another Spider-Verse comic event.

    The original Spider-Gwen run had this problem too, and it was my biggest problem with that series. This version of Gwen Stacy and the world she lives in is so exciting and unique that dragging her out of it and throwing her (and the readers of her solo series) into the umpteenth crossover feels like a disservice. And having her new series start off with just that not only makes it difficult to gauge what the new creative team’s direction for the series will be, but also makes it harder than it should be to care.

    If it hadn’t been for the last issue, which is a touching retrospective on the crossover that this first volume acts as a kind of “epilogue” for, I probably would’ve let this series slip off my radar. But there’s enough emotion and characterization for Gwen in that last issue to keep me interested in what could come next.

    I’m giving this 2.5 stars, with the final issue rounding it up to a 3. I’ve got issue 5 in hand right now, and hope that the series gets to find its own groove moving forward.

  • Colleen

    This was good; but, I clearly missed something and need to read the complete Spider-Geddon.

  • Chad

    Pretty solid beginning for a novelist. Not everyone can make that transition to comics smoothly, just ask Ta-Nehisi Coates. Even though this is a Spider-Geddon tie-in, the story stands well enough alone. Gwen is trapped on an alternate Earth and trying to find her way home in time to help her friends. The last issue is about her going to the Earths of the Spider-People who died during Spider-Geddon to let their loved ones know what happened. It's the best of the bunch. I wasn't a fan of Latour's

    Pretty solid beginning for a novelist. Not everyone can make that transition to comics smoothly, just ask Ta-Nehisi Coates. Even though this is a Spider-Geddon tie-in, the story stands well enough alone. Gwen is trapped on an alternate Earth and trying to find her way home in time to help her friends. The last issue is about her going to the Earths of the Spider-People who died during Spider-Geddon to let their loved ones know what happened. It's the best of the bunch. I wasn't a fan of Latour's writing on Spider-Gwen. This gives me hope McGuire's run will be better.

  • Todd Glaeser

    I thought this would be a good entry point after watching the animated film. I was wrong. There is a whole backstory alluded to, including prison time. Then in the middle of the book, the whole "Spider-Geddon" story is skipped. The title of the collection and it's not in the book. Hmmmm.

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