February 23, 2024

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Bento Review: The Unbelievable Gwenpool Volume 1

A Marvel fan from the real world finds herself in the Marvel universe and she wants to be a superhero. Uh oh.

The Marvel box from Comic Bento only had two Marvel books in it.

But if you’re gonna end things, end it with a surprisingly winning book like The Unbelievable Gwenpool.

Like a lot of fans when this was first announced, I was ready to write it off as silly at best. Marvel clearly had a hit on its hands with Spider-Gwen, so why not a Gwen Stacy version of Deadpool?

As it turns out, despite the name, she isn’t a Gwen Stacy version of Deadpool. What she is instead is surreally awesome.

Her real name is Gwen Poole. She finds herself in the Marvel Universe for reasons that are unexplained. She’s from the real world. Everything around her is stuff she’s read in a ton of comics or seen in a ton of movies. She’s a Marvel fan in the Marvel Universe, and she realizes/decides rather quickly that if she doesn’t become a superhero, there’s a good chance she’ll become a dead extra, and surely she’s the star of her own series. And she really, really, really wants to be a superhero.

And, as a costumed adventurer, though she claims to be a hero, she doesn’t really act like one. She’s clumsy, and since everyone around her is, to her knowledge, fictional and able to come back from the dead without issue, she has no problem with killing anybody. She also doesn’t see herself as being in any real danger when she’s threatened by M.O.D.O.K. because he’s ridiculous. She manages to change her mind after that.

Getting assists in her immigration issues, so to speak, from Howard the Duck, Batroc, and Dr. Strange, Gwen is now a resident in the Marvel Universe. She has no powers. She has few if any skills. Her only advantage is she knows just about everybody’s secret identity and the rules of comic book storytelling. That may be enough to keep her alive. Nine out of ten Dr. Strange liking the Cumberbatch castings.

NEXT MONTH: That’s it for the “Mighty Marvel” box. Next month, Comic Bento’s theme is “RED AND BLUE.” Given the inauguration, I hope that doesn’t mean a bunch of political books, but we may get a Captain America out of it.