Gwen Stacy Returns As Spider-Gwen

On 27 February 2015

Gwen Stacy Returns As Spider-Gwen

It's been 42 years sincer Spider-Man's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy died. But... what if she didn't die? What if in an alternate universe Gwen Stacy became a female superhero and she is Gwen-Spider?

Gwen Stacy originally appeared in the Spider-Man series from 1965 (in The Amazing Spider-Man #31) to 1973. Gwen became Peter Parker's longtime girlfriend following the desmise of his relationship with Mary Jane, but she disappeared from Spider-Man's life in 1973, in an epic battle between Spidey and the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man #121.

According to hardcore fans, Gwen's sudden death is the key factor in the end of the Silver Age of comic books. Until that time, fans had never seen a superhero fail so miserably at doing their job to fight the bad guys and protect the ones they loved. Moreover, Gwen's death was the most sudden and shocking thing they'd experience in the comic world.

Now, 42 years later, Marvel is reviving the long-death Gwen Stacy to bring another female superhero to the comic stands.

The storyline, which was created for Spider-Gwen’s debut in a Spider-verse crossover, delivers readers to Earth-65, an alternate universe where Peter Parker died and Gwen Stacy was the character bitten by the radioactive spider. Incidentally, the universe we’re all familiar with, wherein Peter Parker becomes the infamous web-slinger, takes place on Earth-616, reported USA Today.

Spider-Gwen Exclusive Preview

Reviews for the first issue of Spider-Gwen are rolling in and most of them praise the new superhero. Here are some review:

IGN: "Spider-Gwen new comic gets off to a solid start thanks to a hip tone, strong characterization, and vibrant artwork."

Comic Book Resources: "It's only February, but Marvel gives readers another very strong offering for 2015 with "Spider-Gwen" #1. The story is fun, familiar, energetic and invigorating, the art is engaging and the character has nothing but potential to offer. "Spider-Gwen" #1 is more than just a comic with something for everyone; it's a comic with everything for everyone. "Spider-Gwen" #1 is solid enough that even your parents may just dig it too."

Nerdist: "I guess I just wish that with a book as important as this one, I wanted it to feel a little bit weightier. I wanted to feel a need to come back for issue #2 because the story is so compelling, but instead the story is just good enough."

Comic Vine: "Gwen Stacy may be a classic and beloved character but Jason Latour has taken a great character and made her even more fascinating. Robbi Rodriguez's art and Rico Renzi's colors gives this book a fresh and unique feel that just looks so dang good."


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