When Marvel teased “Spider-Gwen No More” last month, they weren’t kidding. The publisher has announced that the current Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider series will be relaunching as simply Ghost-Spider. The series will find Gwen splitting her time between her home of Earth-65 and the main Marvel U’s Earth-616. Writer Seanan McGuire and artist Takeshi Miyazawa will remain the creative team behind Gwen’s web-slinging adventures. The cover, at least for the first issue, will be by Jorge Molina, taking over for Bengal, who has provided covers for the full run of Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider.
Here’s how the publisher describes Ghost-Spider:
[…] the new series sees Gwen make her way to the center of the Marvel Universe as she travels from her troubled home of Earth-65 to Earth-616 for Super Hero action…and school! And the newest student at ESU is about to get a crash course in multiversity as she splits her time between the world she loves and the world she’s just getting to know!
Presumably Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10 (which happens to be the 50th overall issue of a Spider-Gwen series) will be the final issue of that series, as the solicitation text for the issue seems to set up the events of Ghost-Spider #1:
After unmasking herself, waging a war for the fate of the Multiverse and nearly losing her father, Gwen Stacy has had a rough year…and it’s not about to get any easier! ESPECIALLY when something’s started going wrong with the mysterious suit that gives her her abilities. With no other choice, Gwen finds herself swinging through the skies of the Marvel Universe alongside special guest stars SPIDER-MAN and SPIDER-MAN, and finally embracing an all-new codename! We’ll give you three guesses…
After the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s no surprise that Marvel wants to make it easier for Gwen to crossover with her fellow Spider-People. Plus, after outing her identity to the world, Gwen has had a hell of a time establishing anything resembling a normal life on her own earth, so it makes a lot of sense that she would jump over to Earth-616 where she can once enjoy some degree of anonymity. Gwen has traveled between earths before for big Spider-Man crossovers like “Spider-Verse” and Spider-Geddon, as well as for smaller stories like “Spider-Women” (a team-up with Silk and Jessica Drew Spider-Woman). Gwen also established a romantic relationship with Miles Morales during a crossover between their titles a few years ago, and the magic of time-travel has introduced readers to their future kids. Whether the pair will rekindle things in Ghost-Spider is still up in the air, especially with Gwen currently dating her earth’s Harry Osborn and Miles tied up with a girlfriend of his own in his solo series.
Check out the covers for Ghost-Spider #1 by Molina and Joe Quesada below. The relaunched series swings into shops later this year.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.