Author: Christopher Hastings
Artists: Danilo Beyruth, Gurihiru
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: November 29th, 2016
Issues: Gwenpool 0-4
Gwenpool, The Unbelievable is one of my all favorite series of all time. That’s why I’m reading Gwenpool, The Unbelievable Vol. 1: Believe It for what must be at least the fifth time (if not more, seriously guys, I love this series).
Gwen Poole used to be just like us. A comic book fan living a fairly common (and kind of dull) life. Then one day, she finally got her wish. She found herself thrown into the world of Earth-616. Aka, the world where all of our heroes exist.
From that moment on, she has been a source of comedy, and more than her fair share of chaos. After all, her greatest talent in a world full of superheroes is her innate and comic-fueled knowledge of who they are, how they operate, and any other secrets that might have leaked onto the pages. Thus she became, Gwenpool.
Words cannot describe how much I love this series. More accurately, I adore Gwenpool, and I especially adore the start of her own standalone series, Gwenpool, The Unbelievable Vol. 1: Believe It. It’s quirky, fun, chaotic, and gave Marvel (through Christopher Hastings) a chance to throw some commentary from the die-hard fans out into the world.
Gwen’s whole concept is kind of unique and funny, actually. She’s a massive comic fan, and thus entered the world knowing all there is to know about the heroes that typically grace our pages. For a time, that was her only gift in a world full of superheroes.
Yet she still managed to make herself stand out. Granted, she didn’t always do so in the best of ways, but that just made her series all the more entertaining. Especially when combined with commentary about Batroc or Doctor Strange (spoiler alert: she totally digs that Sorcerer Supreme).
To be fair, Christopher Hastings does have a talent for writing the absurd in a way that is both believable, and absolutely hilarious. So far, I’ve loved every foray of his into Marvel, and would strongly recommend for fans to keep an eye on his work.
The artists, Danilo Beyruth and Gurihiru, managed to make the original design of Gwenpool super cute and endearing. That’s no mean feat, and something I think they should get loads more credit for. I’ll confess I don’t always adore the way she’s portrayed when showing up in other series (sorry, not sorry).
Long story short: Gwenpool is one of my favorite series, and thus this is the start to one of my absolute favorites. I can’t recommend it enough, and hope you enjoy it at least half as much as I do.