Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Reader's Diary #1282- Jason Latour (writer), Robbi Rodriguez (artist): Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted?
Spider-Gwen imagines a world where Peter Parker isn't bitten by a radioactive spider, but his girlfriend Gwen.
I'll be honest, until the Andrew Garfield movies, I didn't know a whole lot about Gwen Stacy. I grew up with reruns of the cheesy 60s cartoon and Mary Jane was Spider-Man's only true love. Mary Jane's also in this book— she's in a band with Gwen. But that's not where the weird alternate universe ends. Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher becomes a police lieutenant and Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, is a villain working for Kingpin.
So for sheer fan playfulness Spider-Gwen's got it in spades. It's also quick, funny, and along with the art, youthful, and hip. In that regard it reminded me of Cameron Stewart's Batgirl.
Yet while I enjoyed this a lot, I do question how well it will stand the test of time. I don't want to suggest that Latour and Rodriguez tried too hard, but there's something about it that reminds of those Totally Slammin'! soft drink and cereal commercial of the early 90s.