In this artist packed issue Latour touches on several subjects, all lighthearted, with a few good laughs. We get to see Spider-Gwen with Captain America, an origin story of sorts, and much more.
What a fun read, this Annual features 5 different quick story arcs, all well contained and quite funny. Latour touches on some deep subjects, but never dives too deep into it. The political and social views are quite clear here, yet it is never preachy or off-putting. Ranging from making fun of Trump to the Watcher who gets angry with your typical teenager mentality. This is very much a pop culture, ala Deadpool type of reading.
For those that don’t know Spider-Gwen is based on Earth-65, where she was bitten by a radioactive spider and Peter Parker idolizes her, just as a frame of reference. Latour gives some interesting other world takes on a few subjects, all of which is very meta. One of my favorites depicts Trump as a MODOK like character (M.O.D.A.A.K Mental Organism Designed as America’s King, just great), with some hilarious dialogue. I found myself, several times, getting a good chuckle out of the stories.
As for the art, well there is something here for everyone to enjoy. The stories are self-contained, so moving from story to story is never too jarring. Plus, there is a Koala Kommander and a Prince-styled villain, you really can’t go wrong with that.
The negative side to the art is that there is something here that surely will not be your style. Some of it was downright painful for me to get through, but different strokes for different folks. As with most Annuals, there are some fun stories, but nothing really advances the story nor feels like it will be relevant in the future.
7.5 / 10
Reviewed by Tim Montoya Spider-Gwen Annual #1 Written by Jason Latour Art by Chris Brunner, Rico Renz,Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire, Chris Visions, Jim Campbell, Olivia Margraf, John Rauch, and many more. Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: June 29, 2016