Gwenom vs Carnage #3 Review

by Nick Devonald on March 03, 2021

Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Flaviano
Colours: Rico Renzi
Letters: VC’s Ariana Maher

All too soon we’re at the concluding issue of Gwenom vs Carnage. This tie-in series has managed to separate itself from the typical fare by telling a story that is really about Gwen Stacy, Ghost-Spider, and the backdrop of King in Black is just a perfect excuse to tell a story that was long overdue. It’s a character led story which really focuses on the relationship between Gwen and M.J. Only the title is going to be Gwenom vs Carnage, which may be slightly misleading.

This issue in particular really dives into an examination of the relationship between the two titular characters and being possessed by “carnage” is an excellent way for M.J. to explore some of the anger that she feels towards Gwen. But the resolution to the story also comes down to how well Gwen knows M.J., and it’s ultimately their friendship which saves the day. But not in an overly cheesy way, rather it's a well thought out conclusion to the storyline. This mini-series may be over, but it feels like this new chapter in Gwen, and M.J.’s, life is just beginning. Again, this is one of the reasons that this series has worked so well. Not only is it a direct continuation from the earlier Ghost-Spider series, it’s also an important chapter in its own right which will have repercussions for the characters in the future. It may not be essential reading for the King in Black event, although it is a fun read for readers wanting more of Knull, but it IS essential reading for fans of Gwen.

The conclusion to the epic battle works really well because it isn’t the typical final showdown. This isn’t a battle between Gwen and M.J. until one or other is defeated. No, the conclusion is not only unique, but it’s special to the characters, and ties in nicely with the theme of their relationship. It’s clever and satisfying.

Flaviano’s art has felt unique throughout the series, Spider-Gwen has a unique style and look all of her own, and his design for M.J. Carnage is not only inspired but quite different from the typical symbiote fare. The neon colours from Rico Renzi also help to give the series a particular style and feel that is very much its own.

This is sure to appeal to fans of Gwen Stacy, Ghost-Spider, who will enjoy this next chapter in Gwens life. It feels like it’s setting up important events for the future, and there will be repercussions for the characters later. Not essential reading for the King in Black event it is a fun story that shows a different part of Knull’s invasion, so will appeal to fans of the larger event as well.

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