Review: Ghost-Spider #8 (Marvel Comics)

Multiverses And Strange Laws in Ghost-Spider #8

Gwen Stacy’s multi-dimensional adventures continue in Ghost-Spider #8. Once again, we’re reminded of all the differences in Gwen’s universe, not least of which is the difference between the classic heroes we know and their alternates in other dimensions.

The differences between Gwen’s world and Earth 616 have been fascinating. It also feels like they’re piling higher than ever. A fact that this plot will likely contribute towards. It will be interesting to see how all of it will come together.

Before diving into this review, I wanted to bring one thing up quickly. If you’re planning on reading Outlawed #1 this week, make a point of reading that first. Ghost-Spider #8 will directly reference events that happened in it and thus will contain spoilers. If you’re not planning on following that event, don’t worry! This issue will quickly get you up to speed, so you shouldn’t have any issues.


Ghost-Spider #8 is another fast-paced read, thanks in part to the fact that it feels like it is split neatly into two plots. There’s the plot revolving around the latest dimensional mystery. And then there’s the plot tying into Outlawed.

Both plots were fascinating, but for different reasons. I also love how Seanan McGuire balanced the two, giving them space to exist and grow. It’s hard to say how much the two will end up interacting, and that’s part of why they work so well together here.

The steady buildup of the first plot starts to become much more alarming with time. The foreshadowing is strong, to say the least. Considering how many different elements are being pulled into this one plot, that’s not surprising.

Then there’s Outlawed. Or, more accurately, Gwen’s reaction to it. I rather like that it was an emotional take on what happened. It’s also refreshing to see how Gwen’s life is being affected by major events on Earth 616. It is something McGuire could probably have glossed over, should she have desired it. But I’m grateful she gave us the insight while looking forward to seeing how it develops.


The artwork in Ghost-Spider #8 is superb. First, I want to draw your attention to the fantastic cover. I’m absolutely in love with it! Gwen rocking out on her drums, with her suit on full display. It looks incredible, don’t you think?

The artwork inside is equally remarkable. Once again, there are many little elements snuck into the sidelines. Just little moments of foreshadowing that may or may not amount to something. I love that these elements are being shown rather than actively told.

Ig Guara was the lead artist for this issue, working alongside Ian Herring for the colors and VC’s Clayton Cowles for lettering. Together they went all out for the artwork in this issue. A wide array is portrayed, including emotional reactions, action, and impending drama.

As always, there are a few truly outstanding highlights. In this instance, I’d have to say it’s how our artists have portrayed the movement of Gwen’s suit. It’s so raw and organic, as well as reactive. It’s perfect, not only in reminding us what it is but as a device for showing Gwen’s emotional state.


Ghost-Spider #8 was a shockingly intense issue that moved steadily forward with the main plot. All while providing insight into Gwen’s reaction to what is happening on Earth 616 (‘the main’ universe).

I am very much looking forward to seeing what the next issue brings with it. While this one does not end with a cliffhanger, it is more than enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

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