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Review – Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

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Summary

Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Javier Garron
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer:  VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: December 12th, 2018

Miles Morales, AKA Spider-Man, is back for a whole new set of adventures, starting with this issue. He’s still struggling to balance his school life, family life, friends, and superhero life, but who hasn’t felt like they were being constantly overwhelmed with their life?

Miles is Back for More Adventures in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1

The first issue of Miles Morales: Spider-Man is here, and it’s looking good. Miles still has many of the struggles we’re used to seeing him deal with. It’s nice to see that the reboot hasn’t dropped those threads. And naturally, there are new (and old) antagonists on the horizon for the younger Spider-Man to deal with.

The series chronologically follows the events that happen in Spider-Geddon. While you could easily jump in here without needing to know anything that happened, just be aware of two things. First, it does get mentioned. And second, you’ll likely get the resolution spoiled, at least a little bit.

Writing

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Brian Stelfreeze
Main cover by Brian Stelfreeze

Saladin Ahmed has taken the reins for this newest reboot of Miles Morales: Spider-Man, and it looks like it’s going to be in good hands. Previous incarnations of the series have received complaints, mostly in regard to how writers handled Miles’ ethnicity. In essence, the complaints were that he was written as a white character, and to be honest, there was evidence behind those concerns. This one issue Ahmed has shown that he’s taken those complaints seriously, and that he’s willing to work both with us and with Miles’ character.

In fact, there are a couple of heavy moments hiding in plain sight in this issue. One or two conversations directly talk about what is currently happening politically. This may seem like an excuse to bring politics into the series, but honestly, there’s good reason for the character talking about these things to be concerned. 

I’ve always enjoyed the balancing act that Miles is trying to pull off here between school and social obligations, plus the obvious superhero bit. It’s no wonder the kid is constantly sleep-deprived. So I was really happy and relieved to see that they continued that trend into the latest version of his series. If anything, I would argue that they increased the exhaustion level for him, as it looks like he’s spending more and more time being a superhero. (It’s not like he can ignore people screaming for help.)

The issue successfully introduced a longer-running plot, but in a completely unexpected way. They managed to present a scene to us which led us to make an assumption, only to have that all thrown on its head. I loved the clever presentation of it all. 

The use of old Spider-Man antagonists in new ways was a creative solution to a constant problem for any spin-off character. Ahmed’s solution allowed for a character from Peter Parker’s plots to cross over into Miles’ world, but in a completely different way from what we’ve previously seen. I hope we continue to see creative writing like this. 

Art

Javier Garron and David Curiel make a great team for this series. It’s always interesting to see what some artists choose to focus on over others. Garron’s webbing is extremely detailed, something that throws back to some of the older styles, which I appreciated. Curiel’s colors support the art style perfectly, using a lot of earth tones where possible, but adding touches of color with the characters in the scenes.

Sometimes the expressions of the characters got a little wonky—but this mostly occurred when they were farther into the background. This isn’t an uncommon thing, though sometimes it can make you pause. I did like the character design for a few of the newer ones introduced. It would be nice to see more characters in this vein.  

Conclusion

The new series for Miles Morales: Spider-Man looks like it’s going to be an interesting read. If you’ve been a fan of his character in the past, then you’ll likely enjoy the new version. If you avoided the older series because of some of the complaints from before, then you might want to consider giving this one a try.

The creative solutions to long-standing problems show that Ahmed has been working really hard to make everything different. Even the stuff we’ve seen a million times. That gives me hope for the longevity of the series.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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