Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #4 Serves As An Epilogue To Spider-Geddon

by James Ferguson

Spider-Geddon is over and while the heroes prevailed, they didn’t do so without casualties. Since Spider-Gwen is the only person who can travel to different dimensions, it’s up to her to bury the dead. She’s taken up the responsibility of bringing them home and providing closure to their friends and relatives. This is a somber task, but it needs to be done.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #4 definitely serves as a much-needed epilogue to Spider-Geddon. The deaths reviewed in this issue were kind of glossed over in the event and no one had any time to mourn as everything was moving at a mile a minute. Writer Seanan McGuire shows how a big event like Spider-Geddon has consequences and they need time to breathe before rushing into the next thing.
This isn’t the first time Gwen has had to bury a loved one. This issue opens with her drumming alone with tears pouring down her face. Artist Takeshi Miyazawa illustrates this scene and brings a ton of emotional weight to the sequence. You really feel they grief with each strike of the drum, building up to the point where she breaks a stick and collapses. It’s gorgeous and such a great way to start this serious issue.

Since this journey takes Gwen to different worlds, she needs to blend in. Her symbiote costume morphs and changes to fit in with the atmosphere, first with Earth-90214, the home of Spider-Man Noir and then for Earth-803, the home of the Lady Spider. Gwen takes on a fighter pilot look for the former, then a more Victorian garb for the latter. Artist Rosi Kampe delivered some great designs here.
While I love the designs, there are some sequences that look a little rushed or unfinished. They have a sketch-like quality to them which stands out a great deal from the opening pages as they’re handled by different artists. This is unfortunate as the book starts out so strong and loses some of that momentum by the end with the change in art style.

The somber mood of the story is set not just with the text, but with Ian Herring’s colors. They’re more subdued than what we usually see in a Spider-Man comic as this is not the place for bright and vibrant colors. Instead, we get these muted tones, like lights are dimmed on every world Gwen reaches in memory of those they’ve lost.
Gwen is pushing herself along through this grief and pain Her internal narration serves as her own pep talk to see this tear-filled process through to completion. Letterer Clayton Cowles drops these caption boxes in just the right spots, guiding us through the dialogue so we hit them at the perfect moments. This really adds to the flow of the comic.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #4 not only puts some of these characters to rest, but Spider-Geddon as a whole. Gwen closes the chapter on this event, giving closure to us as well as the supporter characters in these other worlds. Lastly, it gives Gwen a new path forward, allowing her to move past all this doom and gloom and keep her head high. Her life won’t be defined by tragedy. Instead, she’ll rise above it.
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #4 from Marvel Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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