Comic Review: Unbelievable Gwenpool #1

That's it, that's the book.

That's it, that's the book.

It's all about the Gwen nowadays.  You can't go to a con without several Spider-Gwens running around, and it's pretty safe to say that everyone preferred Emma Stone's Gwen to Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane in the Spider-Man films (if you disagree, you're lying).  And, given the borderline-ridiculous popularity of Deadpool, naturally, a silly variant cover of Gwenpool gained interest, and after a stint in Howard the Duck #1 and her own special, Gwenpool now gets her very own comic.

Unbelieveable Gwenpool #1 is pretty much what you would expect.  It's silly, fun, (mostly) light-hearted, and breaks the fourth wall much like the more chaotic-neutral half of her inspiration.  But this fourth wall breaking is not so much caused by insanity on Gwen's part, but rather her situation; she's a normal girl (named Gwen Poole, rather than being an alternate Gwen Stacy) flung into a new universe full of superheroes, and she's aware that none of this is "real," so she's narrating her own comic knowing that she's in a comic environment.  This also lends to a lot of the charm of her character; with no powers and no skills, she's a horrible superhero, but damn it, she's going to be a superhero anyway.

The book is written by Gwenpool co-creator Christopher Hastings, who does a great job at making Gwenpool a perfect mix of Deadpool and Gwen Stacy; she's not quite as chaotic neutral, not as quippy, but certainly not a "nice girl."  She's funny without being schticky, and just crazy enough to keep it fun.

Art-wise, we actually have two completely different aspects.  The prologue was actually drawn by Danilo Beyruth and colored by Tamra Bonvillain in a much more "traditional" comic style, whereas the bulk of the comic was done by Gurihiru, who honestly fits the tone of the book far better with their manga-inspired, playful style.  The colors are bright and ditting, and the style and textures morph along with the mood perfectly.

There were parts of this comic that made me actually laugh out loud, particularly Gwen's trip to the superhero suit seamstress (where did you think they get those costumes?) and her biggest victory resulting from some a very unheroic action.

Is it the most intriguing, deep, philosophical, thought-provoking comic?  No.  Of course not.  If you're picking up a comic with a girl in a pink suit with a parasol, dirtbike, and dinosaur on it looking for something like that, you've got other problems.  But if you want a fun, silly read that promises to continue to deliver the same, I'd definitely pick it up.

Verdict: 6/10 Poodles.  Fun artwork and story, but not a must-read unless you're a die-hard.