“As Spider-Woman I’ve traveled the Multiverse. I’ve stared down psychic vampires and psycho cops. Kicked in all the scary yellow teeth. And no, being caught or killed or found never truly scared me. No, what scares me is losing what I have in my hand now… what scares me is losing the people I love.” – Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman Earth-65.
It never fails that if you try a theme week, something stressful & unrelated to the stress of a theme week happens. I got through all but two of the reviews this time. That’s something. So I’m going to try and focus here and get this done. There already aren’t any really funny pictures, so there’s that. It’s a shame because Spider-Gwen sorta deserves better.
The first thing about Spider-Gwen is that she’s barely a year old and *boom* here’s her figure. That’s impressive. And it’s not just that she has a figure that quick, but it’s that she’s everywhere. I have to admit that I’ve not personally read anything she’s been in (I want to), but I see her all over social media with images taken from the books, fan art, cosplay, etc. Spider-Gwen caught on. She caught on so well, that she didn’t even get to keep her name – she’s Spider-Woman. And after all the dust up over calling the new Thor, well, Thor. It amazes me that we just accept calling her Spider-Gwen with little no problem. It just seems to be kitschy along with the rest of her and its good. It’s the actual name of this figure. It’s the title of her solo book. It’s for clarity and no one cares. Sorry, Thor… & Thor. I still think we need a Spider-Peter book, but maybe that’s just me.
As any Spider-Man fan knows, when Peter had started to maybe accept Uncle Ben’s and wasn’t feeling particularly tortured anymore, they decided to ice his girlfriend (comics really don’t like wives & girlfriends) by throwing her off a bridge. I pick on it, but it’s a great story. Some folks have gone back to it and identify it as her being “fridged”, even in Spider-Gwen’s own dialogue, but it really did having a lasting impact on the character & the fans. It wasn’t cheap. You can’t just not kill supporting cast to avoid fridging, it’s more about how you do it and Amazing Spider-Man #121 did it pretty well.
In the Spiderverse crossover, which I really want to read, Spider-Man from all across Marvel’s multiple realities had to get together to stop a multi-world threat. And the idea of a universe where Gwen got bit and Peter died really is kind of obvious. DC actually did something similar with Kyle Rayner’s girlfriend Alex – the original girl in the fridge, where she had become Green Lantern and Kyle was dead, but it was brief. The obviousness though isn’t a bad thing – it’s more like simple genius followed up with what I assume is flawless execution. Spider-Gwen is, “so hot right now”.
And so we have her clearly fast-tracked figure. It was a must by for me because I’m a total sucker for something culturally popular and for new characters getting their due in toy lines. I want plenty of old characters – I waited my entire life for a Hellcat and still don’t have a 6” Firestar, but I like the lines mixing it up. When I see the concept that certain older characters “deserve” toys first, it makes me want to jump in the computer and punch people in the face. It’s such a flawed, dumb argument because it’s always the characters that that person wants that “deserve” to be made first. It’s asinine.
So fans of Spider-Gwen, seemingly many & vociferous, should rejoice because she’s here and she’s pretty good. I’ll get the one knock out of the way – I’m not totally a fan of this buck. I love Hasbro for making a shorter girl buck. Mattel screwed the pooch on that for DCUC royally. I have trouble posing it and getting it to stand on a few of the uses, but it’s not bad. What’s weird to me though is that it’s a teenage girl buck. Mayday Parker? Teenager. Ultimate Spider-Woman? Teenager. Arana? Teenager. White Tiger? Teenager. Spider-Gwen?
Well, technically, she’s 19, and honestly I can’t complain because when she’s talking to our Peter Parker, the height shown is about the same as what’s been done. It’s just weird though, okay? Continue to Page 2…