Looking for help and answers as to why her powers have been flaking out on her, Spider-Gwen heads over to Earth-616 in search of…Eddie Brock?!? See, Gwen’s powers come from a symbiote created by Elsa Brock, so she figured she’s pop over to this world and get some help from the alternate counterpart. Fortunately, she finds Peter Parker first and the two get to work at solving this problem…but not before a run-in with Swarm.
I didn’t realize that this would be the last issue of Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider until I got to the very end. It looks like the series will be relaunched soon as Ghost-Spider. I won’t spend a lot of time going over my dislike of constant reboots. I’ll save that for another post. While I’m excited as the prospect of Gwen’s new adventures, it does put this short series into a weird intermediate setting. It’s an interstitial designed to get Gwen from Spider-Geddon to a new status quo and a new name.
The series ends with no real conclusion. It just moved Gwen from one point to another, but all the problems she’s facing, such as her wonky powers and her very public identity are still present. Granted, the answer to the latter is solved in a move to Earth-616, although that leaves her family and friends back home.
In any case, Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10 gives us a fun team-up with Spider-Man against a villain made of bees. The two heroes work very well together and I hope with Gwen’s adjustments, we’ll see more of this kind of stuff in the near future. Writer Seanan McGuire was already a pro at witty dialogue and he takes it up a notch here when he works with the character that practically invented it. Gwen and Peter share some great banter, mutually understanding the crazy situation they’re in and confronting it head on. Plus, they share a love for hot dogs on the go, although Gwen is partial to corn dogs.
Artists Takeshi Miyazawa and Rosi Kampe split up the art duties for Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10, but I can’t tell who did what as the specific pages are not credited. I can say the action in the battle against Swarm, who has possessed the skeleton of a massive dinosaur to become a dinosaur made of bees, is pretty great. Gwen and Peter swing all over the place, providing some awesome angles on the fight with attacks and poses that only they can deliver.
Swarm – or rather Dinoswarm – is a terrifying creature. While he has a somewhat solid form around the skeleton, bits and pieces are flaking off, presumably bees that are breaking away from the group. This gives him a hazy texture, like you could punch right through him and then immediately regret it. Colorist Ian Herring doesn’t make it overtly yellow and black like a bee. Instead, Swarm is more of a sickly orange / yellow, kind of like a jaundiced look mixed with black. It just adds to the sickly nature of the villain.
Letterer Clayton Cowles puts the finishing touches on Dinoswarm with so big, bold text. We get some great roars that tear across the page in a scratchy font. Gwen matches this intensity during the battle, screaming back at Swarm as she hatches a plan to contain him.
I’m bummed that this series is ending because it really hit its stride after it got over the Spider-Geddon hump. Fortunately, we’re getting another series with a new name and a new first issue soon. It’s from the same creative team so I’m excited for that. I’m annoyed it’s treated as a relaunch, but that’s besides the point. In any case, this is a transition series that got Spider-Gwen into the Marvel Universe proper, opening the door for a slew of new adventures and team-ups. Will we see her on the Champions or the Avengers soon? That could totally happen.