Gwen Stacy is sure getting around Marvel’s current comics for a character who has mostly stayed dead since she was killed off nearly 45 years ago. Not only is she the star of Spider-Gwen, she’s now getting another series. Well, one version of her is. Enter The Unbelievable Gwenpool.
The concept of “Gwenpool” has a strange history. Following the rip-roaring response to Spider-Gwen, Marvel celebrated all things Gwen Stacy with a series of variant covers that re-imagined Gwen as many different Marvel heroes. One of these re-imaginings, Gwenpool, starred on a cover for the Secret Wars miniseries Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars by Chris Bachalo. The new character became a hit with cosplayers over the summer convention series. Riding on that popularity, the character getting her own backup strip in the pages of Howard the Duck, and ultimately a Christmas special issue earlier this month.
Now Gwenpool is becoming something more, with her own ongoing series, The Unbelievable Gwenpool.
As Entertainment Weekly reported today, the series will be written by Christopher Hastings, with art from Gurihiru (the psuedonym for artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano). Unlike her original incepction, this isn’t an alternate Gwen Stacy—Unbelievable Gwenpool will follow the appopriately-named Gwen Poole ,a new character, as she takes up the mantle of Deadpool... in a way. The world this Gwen is from is one where the Marvel universe isn’t home to real superheroes, but is a fictional line of comics, just like it is in our own.
Naturally, hijinks ensue when she hits the “real” Marvel Universe, where Gwen finds herself thinking she’s living in a make-believe world and goes wild.
It’s a pretty interesting take on a character who started life as a silly variant cover idea, and it’s insane how prominent Gwen is in the comics after all these years. We really are just a few steps closer from a Marvel Gwenimatic Universe, where every hero is just some variant of Gwen Stacy, aren’t we?
The Unbelieveable Gwenpool #1 will be out in April 2016.