I know I’m late to the party on this one, but a good idea deserves praise whenever it comes. The Spider-Gwen concept and design are fantastic. It’s worth wondering how bringing Gwen back never came up before now given how no one in comics stays dead.*
The story sounds great, too. Some of the best stories have came of out “what if?” questions. Stephen King has made a career out of it. This one posits, what if Gwen Stacy was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. And what if he became villainous and then died? Beyond just the gender role-reversal, it provides so many story possibilities because of Gwen’s natural talents and abilities which differ from Peter’s. Plus, it’s just interesting to juxtapose Gwen’s process of dealing with Peter’s death vs. how Peter dealt with it.
Her design is perfect. Frankly, it’s probably the best superhero design I’ve seen in years. I rather liked how DC redesigned Batgirl to have a more organic, put together look, but Spider-Gwen is a brand new character design and it’s something else. She almost has an alien look to her which is only amplified by the hood. The hood really pushes it over the top. It’s not only mysterious and badass, but also feminine, sexy, and alluring. Now, Catwoman is a badass, but let’s face it: she exudes sex. That’s part of that character’s tool set. Gwen is an open book as far as what kind of character she’ll ultimately turn out to be, but nether she, nor Spider-Man, were ever particularly “sexy” characters. They’re not meant to be. But this design is a great way to exemplify what a “Spider Girl/Woman**” character would be, by taking what’s familiar and turning it on its head.
Spider-Gwen will go on the ol’ Marvel Comixology app for a little while at least.
*I realize this is a parallel universe and “our” Gwen Stacy is still dead, but it’s not like we haven’t seen parallel universes in Marvel before. Great idea and with all the hubbub about female superheroes, it’s well-timed.
**I also realize there is a Spider-Woman. But she’s not a female Spider-Man. She has different powers. What I mean is a literal gender reversal version of Spider-Man–Spider-Woman. And, yes, I know there’s been a Spider-Girl, alternate universe daughter of Peter Parker kind of thing, but again this is a character that, instead of Peter Parker, is Spider-Woman.