One of the coolest aspects of this series is how anything can happen. It’s in an alternate universe and things are a bit twisted. Gwen Stacy has also recently lost her powers, which makes this Halloween issue even more dangerous! But is it good?
Spider-Gwen #13 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? The Marvel summary reads:
Gwen and the Mary Janes go to a haunted house for a laugh. But Earth 65 MYSTERIO will show them how serious haunting can be…
Why does this book matter?
Spider-Gwen #13 is a Halloween issue so it should get you into the spirit of the season. It also delves into Gwen’s reaction to her father recently turning himself into the police. Can Gwen have a good time trick or treating with her friends even though she’s emotionally stuck? Not if Mysterio has anything to say about it.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Dig these costumes.
Gwen’s supporting characters are a highlight of the issue and Jason Latour gives them plenty to do and say to flesh them out. That’s pretty much a must considering Gwen is quiet for much of the issue as she’s still in shock. Glory, Mary Jane, and Betty make for good friends, but also great observers as their night gets complicated by a haunted house. By using Mysterious gas, Latour explores the characters’ reactions as they encounter some freaky stuff (and makes the band mascot, Murderface, a badass) and in dramatic fashion has Gwen directly react to the death of Peter Parker.
Betty frankly steals the show in this issue, not only being the most heroic, but also the most badass. She has plenty of good one liners and she consistently reminds you this group is a rock band first. She also gets to be part of a funny Scooby reference that gave me a chuckle.
The art by Robbi Rodriguez is a lot of fun (just look at the page below) and the colors by Rico Renzi have a darker tone. Purple is used quite a bit, which keeps it funky and punkish, though dark which helps with the Halloween theme. The characters look rad in their costumes too (digging the Scarlet Spider!) and there’s a full page splash of Murderface and Betty kicking zombie ass in their costumes that’s a lot of fun.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Plot and character development take a pause for this issue seeing as it’s more of a one-shot adventure, but it makes the experience less meaningful. Gwen certainly gets to reflect on the loss of Peter, but any advancement of plot is waiting till the next issue.
I’d go to this haunted house.
Is It Good?
Spider-Gwen #13 is the best punk rock Halloween surprise you can get. It’s fun, action packed, and filled with attitude.
[Editor’s Note: A previous version of this review mistakenly referred to Betty as Glory.]