As a huge Jason Latour fan I give him credit on the marketing front; he successfully pumped many folks (including myself) to be quite enthused about Edge of Spider-Verse #2 featuring another universe’s Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman.
But when I finally got the issue, what surprised me is the aspect I loved most about the series. Despite the fact it is a universe where Gwen’s father is very much alive (and many other engaging narrative aspects–including a potentially very different kind of Matt Murdock)–it is the eyes of the Spider-Woman costume that really proved to be my favorite part. This may surprise, but let me explain.
While the costume design had several people’s input in it to make it work (namely Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez, of course)–the successful element that really sells the costume’s eyes is the work done by colorist Rico Renzi. His coloring for the whole issue is outstanding. But the way that costume frames the hero’s eyes both catches the reader’s attention and likely strikes fear in the hearts of the bad folks. The eyes, in costume terms (and to borrow a word from the story), is the jackpot, thanks to Renzi.
Obviously, given the larger Marvel event in play here, this is not the last we have seen of Spider-Woman (aka Spider-Gwen as some folks have taken to calling her). But judging by the creative team’s eagerness to do this one-shot, I imagine they could easily be persuaded to do far more than one issue. The dynamics of this creative team bring a different and engaging energy to it that makes me hungry for more. Here’s hoping I am not hungry for long.
Update: Renzi clarified in ROBOT 6’s comments section that credit should go to Rodriguez for the design:
“Robbi deserves the credit for the eyes. It was all his idea, I just followed his lead.”
[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]
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