When it comes to retconning the history of Gwen Stacy, fans have good reason to be nervous. After all, who can forget (no matter how hard they try) the story Sins Past, running through Amazing Spider-Man #509-#514, by J. Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato Jr., way back in the 2000s. In Sins Past, it's revealed that Gwen Stacy had a sexual affair with Norman Osborn that resulted in two children, something she told Mary Jane Watson about, who kept it a secret from Peter Parker for decades. The image of Gwen and Norman doing the hibbity-dibbity is still burned in fans minds fifteen years later.
Jesus Christ, that look on Norman's face.
In any case, when we heard that the new Gwen Stacy solo series by Christos Gage and Todd Nauck would explore in part the high school relationship that Gwen had before meeting Peter Parker, all we could think was: uh oh!
However, at least from what we can tell in today's issue of Gwen Stacy #1, Gwen appears to have been dating a perfectly nice, non-Goblin-y young boy her own age. Phew!
Meet Gwen's new (old) boyfriend… who has not been named yet in the series (so there's still time for him to be revealed to be a gross super-villain, so don't let down your guard yet):
So what do we know about this new guy? Well, he's on the football team…
He enjoys reading (or at least a good makeout sesh in-between the stacks):
He doesn't do drugs, so no Goblin serum (side note: check out the nerd)…
And he appears to be a good kisser…
Of course, one thing we didn't learn about Gwen's new (old) boyfriend in Gwen Stacy #1… is his name! So technically, there's still a chance he turns out to be a super-villain, or maybe working for the mob that's trying to do in Gwen's dad in the series. But even if so, nothing, literally nothing, could be worse than this…
Gwen Stacy #1 is in stores now.
GWEN STACY #1 (OF 5)
(W) Christos N. Gage (A) Todd Nauck (CA) Adam Hughes
The First of Gwen Stacy's AMAZING Adventures!
Gwen and Peter may not have met until AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31, but that doesn't mean Gwen's life began on that page. Learn the never-before told origin of Gwen Stacy, top of her class, daughter of the Police Captain and, as her friend Harry Osborn calls her, "The Beauty Queen of Standard High." But she's way more that you even know! Gwen's got a science brain, a nose for trouble and a no-quit attitude that always gets her in trouble. In the early Marvel Universe, that's a recipe for disaster. Don't miss Gwen, Captain Stacy, Harry and Norman Osborn, Crimemaster, Wilson Fisk, Jean DeWolff, Yuri Wantanabe and even Spider-Man!
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020