Graphic Novel Review 238/365: Radioactive Spider Gwen

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I promised you a little fun after four days of horror suspense, so here you go!

Title: Radioactive Spider Gwen

Author(s): Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi

Publisher: Marvel Comics (2015)

Age Rating: 13+

This book is a nice little palate cleanser after four days of terror, however, I’d like to say that the story here lacks a bit of punch after reading the heavy-ness of a Colder or Tales From The Darkside.  I’m not saying that those books are better; they just carry more weight.  They make one feel more.  Radioactive Spider Gwen is sort of the McDonald’s of comics: sometimes you just want to hit the drive-through, not think too much about your meal, get a nice-looking package, and enjoy a quick, tasty treat!

This book is par of the course for most Spider-Man-type books.  Character makes a decision that pisses some people off, one in particular that then swears vengeance above all else, and that sets the plot in motion.  In this case…I guess I should say in this world, Gwen Stacy gets bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker and she becomes Spider-Woman (Spider Gwen), while Peter Parker does turns into a giant lizard that Gwen ultimately kills.  Not really a spoiler since it happens before this series starts.  Anyway, Harry Osborn vows to kill the Spider-Woman for killing his friend, and the Spider-Plot unfolds.  Man…these Spider stories sure dish out the theme of revenge quite a bit!

There are some great jokes in the book, and the art and dialogue are well done.  It’s fun.  It’s just not very deep or original.  Honestly, in this point in the 365, I’m starting to be more honest with my reviews, and while I liked this title enough, I don’t get the hype of the character.  Sure she’s hip and cool, but she’s Spider-Man: running around, spewing off quips.  And I get that it’s a woman Spider-Man; I dig that, but change it up a bit more.  I think Miles Morales got the treatment a new Spider-Man deserves.  I would have liked to see that will Spider Gwen.  Toss her out on her own.  Give her unique powers.  Don’t slap a hoodie on a blonde Spider-Man and call it Gwen.  Beach read all day though.  Pick it up for the fun and continuation of the split Marvel universes (see my post on event books if you don’t know what I mean by split universes).

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