REVIEW: Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7

Spider-Gwen 7 saving child

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 / Writer: Seanan McGuire / Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa / Color Artist: Ian Herring / Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles / Cover Artist: Bengal / Published: April 3rd, 2019

Spider-Gwen 7 cover

Public Identity

Spider-Gwen, excuse me, Spider-Woman finds it hard to adjust to a normal life when everyone knows you are a superhero. She is trying to enjoy a date with Harry Osborn, but her alter-ego is not welcome. Her hero for hire website is starting to get traction, but something is wrong with her powers.

A Lot to Juggle

One complaint I have against Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 is hard to call a complaint because it fits with the theme of Gwen’s life at this moment. It lacks focus, constantly jumping from one thing to the next without any real plan or direction. Things are happening, good things, bad things, exciting things, but it’s very random. I guess that’s life though.

Gwen leaves her date with Harry and takes out her frustrations on some criminals. We follow her as she lives the life of a hero for hire, jumping from job to job. She must be doing something right because the police call for her assistance saving people trapped in a nasty car wreck. Finally, she is forced to confront the problems with her powers she’s been dealing with and reach out to Harry for help.

Character Development

Seanan McGuire’s script dives into Gwen’s character and the issues she’s dealing with. I like the steps taken to grow Gwen’s character, but at the end of the issue, I have to acknowledge that not much happened. I wonder if this really needed to be a full issue. Could they have condensed the story down to keep the arc moving?

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Art and Color

Takeshi Miyazawa’s art continues to be good and with Ian Herring’s colors, I really enjoyed the look of the issue. The montage showing her daily hero for hire work is fun. I always like seeing heroes rescuing a cat stuck in a tree. The car wreck rescue is classic Spider heroics, colored with a fiery orange glow and the occasional red and blue mixed in for the police sirens. A great scene that plays perfectly even without dialogue.

Wanting More

While I found a lot to enjoy in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7, it felt lacking. I would’ve liked more about the problems with her powers or a bit more information about what Man-Wolf is up to. What we get is more like “A Day in the Life of Spider-Gwen” and while that’s entertaining, I wanted more.

VERDICT 3.5 out of 5

Opinionated geek and writer born in the desert, raised on the beach, and now living in the mountains, Paul is a lifelong nerd who loves Star Wars, costuming, comic books, and all manner of geeky things.

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