The great Spider-Verse story arc rocked the world of all the multiverse's Spider-Men and Women (among others), but perhaps the most popular part of that whole crazy "Kill the Spider-Totems" storyline was the introduction of the Spider-Totem of Earth-65, Spider-Woman. No, not the Spider-Woman you all know as the ex-Hydra agent/Avenger, Jessica Drew, but the new, live version of Gwen Stacey, also known as Spider-Gwen! Silk being one, and Spider-Gwen (yes, her real codename is Spider-Woman over on Earth-65, but that is just a bit confusing right now), being the other. Both characters have the potential to hit the jackpot. On Earth-65, an alternate reality world, it was Gwen Stacy, not Peter Parker, who received the bite from the radioactive spider. On this world, Parker turned himself into the villainous Lizard to be like Gwen, and he died as a result. In this world, Ben Grimm is a cop, not a super-powered pile of rocks. The differences go on and on. But Gwen Stacy has always been a character that tugged at the heart strings of Spider-Man fans ever since her untimely death (in the "regular" Marvel Universe of Earth-616), so for her to be resurrected as an alternate-reality Spider-Woman is amazing. Spider-Gwen's first appearance came in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 in which hit store shelves in September of 2014, and now she has her own series, starting with Spider-Gwen #1. This issue shows a lot of her personal life and relationships, as well as battles with a couple of villains, the only one who seems similar to his Earth-616 equivalent is the Vulture (Adrian Toomes). The other villain is a thief named the Bodega Bandit, who I think is supposed to seem lame. Just as in the regular Spider-Man's world, the young Spider-Woman is considered a villain and is hounded by the press and the cops. Unlike the "other" world, Gwen Stacy's dad is alive and in charge of the police department, though he knows about is daughter's little side job as a web-slinger. Part of the fun of this comic is seeing familiar faces and names (Matt Murdock, Frank Castle, Ben Grimm, and so on) as unfamiliar characters with different backgrounds and motivations. This issue ends with Spider-Gwen in mortal danger from her battle with the Vulture, and we will be back after Spider-Gwen #2 hits the stores to review how she gets out of this high-flying jam.Review of Spider-Gwen #1 Rating:[wp-review] Marvel created two new female Spider-characters in the past few months,
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