Powers and Privilege in Ghost-Spider #7
Gwen Stacy, aka Ghost-Spider, hails from Earth 65. In this universe, things and people tend to be vastly different from what we’re used to seeing. Ghost-Spider #7 further reinforces that fact as we get to know two variants of fan-favorite heroes.
Gwen’s universe is both similar and dissimilar from Earth 616. That’s something the fans have learned by this point. But sometimes, those differences can be quite shocking, especially when a character who is typically a hero or antagonist rears their head.
Perhaps that is the reason why this new plot is so exciting – we’re about to dive headfirst into the story of two beloved characters. Or rather, their alternate versions. But what sort of changes will be in store?
Ghost-Spider #7 is several different stories wrapped into a single issue. We know that, eventually, these plots will end up merging together. But for now, they’re still distinct and, as such, require careful planning.
On the bright side, Seanan McGuire has repeatedly proven to her fans that she’s fully capable of complex plots. So juggling a few new character arcs is no big deal for her. That is evidenced here, with an issue full of flashbacks, introductions, and personal concerns (for Gwen, that is).
This issue was interesting for several different reasons. Gwen’s crime fighting is always a plus (and is almost used as comic relief here), as is her love towards her father. Then there’s the new antagonist (presumably) on the scene, alongside the new characters…who will surely complicate Gwen’s happy balance.
This is one of those plots that raises dozens of questions in the early game. I doubt they’ll be answered in time – but boy, I look forward to finding those answers. It’s also a fitting theme, given everything that Gwen has gone through.
Ghost-Spider #7 has a lot of artwork worth talking about. There are two distinct timelines, as well as several different perspectives. These changes are immediately clear, thanks to color palette changes and other subtle indicators.
One thing I love about this issue is how casually the spider imagery is woven into Gwen’s daily life. This makes sense, given that her suit is made up of hundreds of little spiders. But it’s nice to see the artists running with that.
Ig Guara is the lead artist for this issue, providing the lines and framework. I’m especially partial to the subtle indications of a costume change on Gwen’s part (she changes outfits several times in this one issue). It may be a small compliment, but it enhanced the experience.
Ian Herring was responsible for the coloring, and their work is fantastic. The colors make this issue. They’re bright and vibrant, especially around Gwen. It makes her story feel so much more alive. And provides an interesting juxtaposition of the past (and the characters involved).
Finally, VC’s Clayton Cowles was the letterer for this issue, and they did a brilliant job. The sound effects, in particular, really stand out, but everything about the letters have clearly been carefully planned out.
Ghost-Spider #7 was a fascinating read that brought two new characters to the forefront alongside an old antagonist to counter their appearance. I, for one, am insanely excited to see where this goes. The whole new plot is balanced out nicely by the new harmony that Gwen seems to have found in her own life.
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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