Written by Jason Latour
Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Colors by Rico Renzi
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: 2/25/2015
I couldn’t help but to have an impromptu “Best Thing I Read Last Week” review, there was a Die Hard reference on the first page. There will be spoilers; it’s been out since the 25th.
I found myself stopping almost every page to take a screenshot or clip a panel to use as a sarcastic response to my friends in text messages. Bottom line, this is a fun and beautifully executed book. This is comics.
Back from “fighting in a war for the fate of all reality” Spider-Gwen easily stops the underwhelming Bodega Bandit (“you are the worst arch-nemesis—ever.), Captain George Stacy is informed by Foggy Nelson that he has been replaced by Mayor Jameson with Captain Frank Castle (usually and 616-ly known as The Punisher) as head of the Special Crimes Task Force. This universe’s (Earth-65) Vulture, Adrian T. Toomes, flies in to wrestle some of the media coverage away from Spider-woman and The Mary Janes for himself.
Jason Latour (artist of Southern Bastards, Django Unchained, writer of Wolverine and the X-Men) has done an incredible job of transferring everything people seem to love about Peter Parker all while making it fresh and not at all shying away from some feminist jabs this and so many books have so swiftly dished out recently. Let’s be honest, there was just an event saturated with Spider-things, it can’t be easy to follow Bendis and Slott to craft another new Spider-lead. This debut issue is also home to one of the few times I’ve laughed out loud from reading a comic book, “but c’mon ‘Death from a butt’ is a pretty sick burn.”
Robbi Rodriguez (FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics) and Rico Renzi (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Howard the Duck) have dropped Em Jay’s mic with the artwork in this issue. If someone has ever attempted to argue that comic books aren’t art, show them any page from Edge of Spider-verse #2 or Spider-Gwen #1. Robbi’s art feels so kinetic and fast, it’s a perfect fit for an always on the move, motion-heavy Spider-character.
Right now is a renaissance for colorists and one of the leading figures is Rico Renzi. He may not have gotten the same attention as Jordie Bellaire or Matt Hollingsworth yet, but it’s only a matter of time. His work highlights everything that is good about Robbi’s artwork and jolts the characters in existence with striking and stunning hues.
Face it tigers, we’ve hit the jackpot. The only reason I didn’t want to give this book a perfect score is because I know these guys are going to keep surging.