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Spider-Gwen takes a quick break from its awesome Predators storyline to tell a side story starring the Mary Janes.

First Read Reactions

  • HAHAHA! I’m sorry, but jokes at the Bodega Bandit’s expense will never not make me chuckle.
  • Being a Watcher doesn’t seem like such a bad job when you can just flip the channel to another reality…
  • …until the other Watchers catch you.
  • I’m pretty sure the Earth-65 Water is my spirit animal.
  • In the 616, I’m a big fan of MJ and ambivalent on Glory and Betty. In Earth-65, it’s reversed (except that I think I might kind of hate this MJ).
  • Earth-65 Betty = Daria
  • Yikes. Earth-65 has Nice Guy Douches, too.
  • Okay, I don’t hate MJ as much now…

The Verdict

…but I do kind of want to hate this issue. We were right in the middle of a fantastic, pulse-pounding story arc. The BAM! Light-hearted comedy issue without any real drama, superheroics, or kick ass fight sequences (aside from MJ’s brief and very justified use of force).

Thankfully, Spider-Gwen #23 is still highly enjoyable. The opening pages are by far the best/funniest part, but writers Hannah Blumenreich and Jason Latour pace the whole issue in such a way that the humor is constant (and fun) without every feeling redundant.

Blumenreich also shares much of the art duties with Jordan Gibson. It’s definitely a switch from Robbie Rodriguez’s style, but it’s still very good and fits the story perfectly.

So yeah, not at ALL what I want or expect when I pick up a Spider-Gwen issue–but still a very fun read.

Spider-Gwen #23
Is it good?
Not at all what you probably want/expect from an issue of Spider-Gwen, but still entertaining.
The book is funny throughout, but especially so in the opening pages.
The art by Blumenreich and Gibson is definitely a switch from Robbie Rodriguez’s style, but it’s still very good and fits the story perfectly.
I'm all for the occasional light-hearted diversion, but did we really need to interrupt what might be Spider-Gwen's best arc for story about the Mary Janes going to a gig?
7
Good