So it’s already cool that Gwen Stacy (embodiment of one of the saddest twists in comics history) gets to be Spider-Woman in a new alternate-universe comic, Edge of Spider-Verse #2 out this week, jumping off buildings instead of falling off them. She rocks a rad costume, saves Peter Parker from bullies, and has a much more emotionally grounded reason to hide her secret identity from her police chief dad.
But the best part? She’s in an all-girl band with Mary Jane Watson called—what else—The Mary Janes.
Edge of Spider-Verse #2 envisions a world where Gwen, not Peter, gets bitten by a radioactive spider and takes on the requisite great responsibility. Sadly, it’s a one-shot, but it’s crammed with so much AU detail that really sells the idea. You can check out the full preview at ComicBook.com—you’ll want to see who Peter turns into once he’s no longer Spidey—but we wanted to highlight a few things that make Gwen even more badass.
For one, there’s her side gig drumming for The Mary Janes, who sound like they might have a hit single on their hands:
Of course MJ is the frontwoman, but Gwen is in her element drumming in the background. It’s also cool to see the two girls bonding over a shared interest that has nothing to do with Peter Parker.
We’re also really digging Gwen’s Spider-Woman suit. There’s a way to draw a superhero outfit where you can reasonably believe that the person was able to construct it from regular materials and this costume readily evokes that.
Can we have Spider-Gwen all the time?
Images: Marvel Comics