By Jyger85 10 Comments
For those that don't follow the current Spider-Man comics, Spider-Verse is an upcoming event where Spider-Men from alternate realities are being hunted down and killed, and so a large group of them are being gathered to fight this threat to them and figure out why they specifically are being targeted. And, I'll admit, it's an interesting story. The problem is, while there are limited side-stories that tell more of what's happening from other perspectives, the majority of it seems to be told in Amazing Spider-Man (PASS), and a resurrected Superior Spider-Man (ULTRA PASS). However, one issue of the prologue to the event, Edge of Spider-Verse, got everyone's attention, as it focused on an alternate reality version of Gwen Stacy (whose tragic death in the comics was recently relived in the movie Amazing Spider-Man 2) being the one the spider bit in that version of events.
Now, why didn't I review it? Well, before you ask, of COURSE I bought it. Gwen Stacy is awesome, and seemingly even more-so in this book, as she's shown to be highly skilled in parkour (which goes GREAT with spider powers) and has a love of music (which is seen when she uses her drumming on some poor bastard, lol). Also, I love the twist on the classic Spider-Man mythos, where her acting irresponsibly with her powers leads often-bullied Peter Parker to become that universe's version of The Lizard before dying, thus being the death that teaches Gwen the "With great power comes great responsibility" lesson (and these aren't technically spoilers, since all that is in the first few pages as told in an interestingly done montage). So, why didn't I review it? Because going in, I KNEW this was gonna be a book that I'd have NOTHING unique to say about, and looking at some of the other reviews, I was right. This isn't even me slapping myself down, either. This is just a fact, on account of everyone and their dog having something to say about this book. Yeah, it's one of THOSE ones, that's so good or so unique or just comes out at the right time that everyone's talking about it. And what's the one thing that's being agreed upon the most? That this character NEEDS her own book when Spider-Verse is over.
Of course, if you'll allow me a moment to play devil's advocate, on the one hand, I can understand where Marvel might be concerned that the presence of multiple ongoing books (not events, but ongoing) focused on alternate reality versions of Spider-Man might make the stories seem less interesting, as part of the novelty of Miles Morales (and the Ultimate Peter Parker before him) is that he's a Spider-Man from another universe. And yeah, I know her name is Spider-Woman, but there's a very clear difference between Spider-Man and Spider-Woman of the mainstream universe, and Gwen in this book clearly has more in common with the former. So, if she had her own book, we would then have 616 Peter Parker, 1610 Miles Morales, and whatever number this version of Gwen Stacy gets. Still, I feel that there is enough uniqueness to each of them that they can all have their own books and not feel like retellings of each other.
And frankly, I would LOVE to see what they did with the rest of the supporting cast. Like, we see in this book that Gwen's dad is still a Captain on the force, and I already mentioned what happens with Peter Parker, but in addition to that, Mary Jane is the lead of her own band with Gwen as the drummer, J. Jonah Jameson is leading this rally against Spider-Woman (don't know if he's still the head of the Bugle or not), and Matt Murdock is actually WORKING for the Kingpin. But what about the rest? Maybe Aunt May and Uncle Ben could be supporting characters that help Gwen out, with her feeling conflicting guilt over that due to Peter's death, and they could possibly set up certain male characters (or female, if they feel like doing that) as love interests.
And then there's the villains, and oh man, what they could do with the villains. Since it's an alternate universe, they could pretty much get away with anything. Like, Doc Ock's tentacles could be actual octopus tentacles, or Rhino could be an actual mutated rhinoceros, or Matt Murdock could be a villainous Daredevil that pushes Spider-Woman's skills to their limit, or Electro could get his powers by being bitten by a lightning bug while drinking Red Bull. lol Okay, maybe not that last one, but really, alternate universe, they can pretty much do as they please.
But yeah, those are my thoughts on Edge of Spider-Verse #2 and the Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman in general. So, if you wanted a review, in short, I thought the book was great, and it left me with a craving for MUCH more, which is always a good thing. Big ups to Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez (who I swear to God has a name that makes me think he's a superhero, lol), Rico Renzi (him too), and everyone else who helped work on this, and let's hope that, if enough people say the same thing, that Marvel gives us what we want. Ja né!