Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Jodi Nishijima
Colorists: Juan Fernandez & Protobunker’s Fernando Sifuentes
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Release Date: July 20, 2022
Reviewer: Lukke Sweet
Gwen Stacy is going on the offensive but can’t seem to get out of her own way in Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #4 by Tim Seeley. Granted, it’s much harder when there are six Gwen’s all getting in each other’s way. Original Gwen and her variants take the fight to the enemy as they confront Dr. Cephalopod and Nighthawk in the space between time. Of course, that goes sideways and the Gwens are pushed into the final timeline to prevent the collapse of Gwen’s reality where things come to a head as they meet yet another Gwen and work to oppose Finale’s forces.
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The final pieces of Gwen’s corrupted future fall into place as Gwen’s face-off against Finale’s henchmen to protect the final Gwen Variant in Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #4. The tensions between all of the Gwen variants continue to escalate as they disagree on the proper course of action on how to deal with the henchmen as they attempt to stop them before they get to the final variant, Gwen Jones. And speaking of the henchmen, readers unfamiliar with 2021’s Heroes Reborn #5 are finally clued into why Nighthawk is working with the bad guys, Goblin Gas…
Seeley’s plans have begun to reveal themselves as the final pieces are coming together. The Gwens have moved through all of the eras affected by Finale’s stunt and the alternate timeline previewed in issue 1 finally makes sense. Now with a full team, the Gwens are prepared to come face to face with Finale in next month’s finale!
Jodi Nishijima is joined by colorists Juan Fernandez and Protobunker’s Fernando Sifuentes to provide another issue full of top-notch art. Within this issue, Nishijima gets to design another Gwen Variant, a ton of fight scenes, and a beautifully heart-wrenching look at Spider-Zero’s control over the Web of Life and Destiny. With the introduction of Gwen Jones, no one would blame readers for getting them all mixed up, but Nishijima has given each a unique look that completely removes this issue and proves her skill with character design.
Fernandez and Sifuentes continue the gorgeous colors that have been prevalent throughout the series. Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #4 is colored in a darker color palette than previous issues, but still plays with the contrast between cool and warm color palettes as the story moves from setting to setting.
Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #4 is an action-packed issue that delivers everything readers would want as the series heads into its Finale (pun completely intended).