It’s everyone’s favorite transdimensional webslinger-who-would-otherwise-be-dead-in-this-continuity, starting off yet another series in Ghost Spider #1. Less action-packed than we’re used to from Gwen Stacy, we follow her as she travels from Earth-65 to Earth-616, where, with the help of that Earth’s Peter Parker, she she gets into Empire State University, and balances her student work with her usual spider heroics.
As set-ups go, Seanan McGuire‘s first ish is a good palette cleanser, and sets up a lot of potential. Takeshi Miyawaza‘s art, though, seems a bit too bland to stand-out. Long gone are the classic designs by Robbi Rodriguez in the initial run, and that sense of uniqueness and fluid motion is sorely missed. Aside from slight quibbles with the art, again, this is a fine set-up, and worth checking out down the line. 3.5/5 Bibles.
It’s always unfortunate when the best part of a comic book is right at the start and not revisited. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1 kicks off with one of my favorite bromances in Marvel (or any company): Spidey and DP. It’s a great, weird moment that perfectly uses their chemistry to set up the rest of the book. No spoilers, and can’t believe I’m saying this: Poor JJ Jameson.
The rest of the book has Deadpool coming face-to-face with the Carnage “cult” and unknowingly becoming their prime target. Marcelo Ferreira‘s art here is… serviceable. Pencils aren’t bad (aside from the lazy symbiotes), inking is perfectly adequate and the colors just feel flat. This series does have the potential to be great, esecially if –hell, when— Frank Tieri revisits Spidey and DP, but it’s not the best starting point.. visually. 2.5/5 Codexes.