Dimension-Hopping, Criminal-Fighting, And More In Ghost-Spider #6

by James Ferguson

Part of the fun of any alternate reality story is figuring out what every character is like in this world. We’ve seen a fair amount of folks from Earth-65, the home dimension of Ghost-Spider. This issue introduces us to Sue and Johnny Storm, the jet-setting influencers looking to up their engagement with fancy clothes and exotic locales…until they go missing. While this is an interesting aspect of Ghost-Spider #6, it’s not the main story. Instead, it serves to bookend the issue with the rest filled with a good check-in on Gwen’s life back home.

Writer Seanan McGuire does a great job in weaving this new thread into the overall narrative of Ghost-Spider. At first it seems like this is just something else that’s out there and it’s not clear how it’s connected to Gwen and her adventures, but then everything lines up by the end. Along the way, we get some fun with Gwen in and out of costume. First she’s hopping dimensions with her friends to check out alternate versions of their favorite bands. My personal favorite is Anxiety! At the Art Studio.
This serves to remind us how grounded Gwen still is on Earth-65. Just as Peter Parker has some supporting characters around him, so does Gwen. The big difference is that everyone knows her secret here. This does put her on edge since she’s constantly worried that some bad guy is going to swoop in and attack the people she loves, but it allows her to just be herself. This also goes a long way in strengthening her friendships with the other members of her band since they’ve been strained by her dimension-hopping and super hero work. Her life as Gwen Stacy is just as, if not more, important than her life as Ghost-Spider.

This leads nicely into a team-up of sorts between Gwen and her father for a hostage situation. McGuire fills this sequence with some fun father-daughter banter that gets just a bit awkward since it’s in front of all the other cops. Colorist Ian Herring continues to fill Earth-65 with as signature color palette of yellows and reds that really stands out. In this scene, the characters are lit by the flashing sirens of the police cars to up the danger just a bit.
When the action heats up, the colors get bolder. This is a great touch that really conveys the intensity of a given scene. I love how bright these colors are, almost reminiscent of the big sound effects that would pop up on the screen during the 1966 Batman TV show. That’s how vibrant it looks and it’s great. Letterer Clayton Cowles gets in on this with some terrific sound effect placement. Since there’s not a lot of dialogue in the fight scene, these help tell the story more.

Ghost-Spider #6 feels like a bit of a fill-in issue since we’re taking a step back from the imminent danger of two different Miles Warrens, yet still hits with some solid work. I was pleasantly surprised by how close artists Ig Guara and Rosi Kampe got to the style of regular series artist Takeshi Miyazawa. While it’s not exactly the same, it’s pretty damn close. This creates a nice flow from issue to issue by keeping the same look and feel.
The character work is top notch here with some expressive faces that say a lot about each person’s emotions. This is especially true of the opening scene with the Mary Janes, but it also carries over to the argument between Gwen and her father at the scene of the crime. Gwen’s emotions shine through in how she stands and of course, you get the changing lens of her mask.

Ghost-Spider is an absolute delight to read, offering a burst of youthful energy into the Spider-Family. It’s a nice complement to Miles Morales: Spider-Man with a focus on family, friends, and good old-fashioned butt-kicking.
Ghost-Spider #6 from Marvel Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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