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Review – Miles Morales Spider-Man #3 (Marvel)

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  • Art - 8/10
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Miles Morales Spider-Man #3

Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Javier Garron
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artist: Marco D’Alfonso
Variant Cover Artist: Dan Panosian
Released: February 20th, 2019
Maturity Rating: T
Publisher: Marvel

Miles keeps finding people to join his mission to save the missing children in Miles Morales Spider-Man #3. In this case, I think Miles really needed a chance to work with this particular hero.

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Miles Unexpected Team Keeps Getting Bigger In Miles Morales Spider-Man #3

 

Miles Morales Spider-Man #3 adds a new addition to this somewhat surprising team. However, in many ways, this is the team-up that Miles has needed. Together the three heroes (well, two heroes and a mostly retired villain) are going to do everything possible to find and save the missing children.

This plot was surprising in many ways, so it only makes sense that the wrap up would find a way to surprise us as well. The new addition to the team is a mentor of sorts…one that through circumstances has lost touch with Miles. This was the reunion both heroes needed.

Writing

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018-) #3 Cover Artist: Marco D'ALFONSO (Marvel)
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 Cover Artist:
Marco D’Alfonso (Marvel)

The third issue of Miles Morales Spider-Man was somewhat lighter hearted, which is a bit odd considering the depth of what they’re dealing with. Though it does a good job of relieving some of the horrors we would probably otherwise be feeling.

The likely reason that this issue ended up feeling a bit lighter is that things seemed almost too easy for our trio. Granted, none o these characters are lightweights, so it makes sense that they would be able to handle a situation like this. So as far as complaints go, it isn’t a major one.

Saladin Ahmed did a wonderful job with bringing two estranged characters back together in this issue. It seemed like a daunting task, but he managed. This meeting wasn’t as awkward as I expected, all things considered. Perhaps because they were able to focus more on saving the children?

What I really enjoyed about this issue is that this was absolutely the win that Miles needed. He’s been struggling so much lately, trying to balance everything in his life. I think in many ways he needed to prove to himself that he could manage to be a hero. And being able to remind himself that he saved a bunch of kids – well that probably felt really good.

Like the previous issues, this one did a great job of reminding us that Miles is a person first. More than that, he’s still a kid. He’s still dealing with homework and high school crushes, even while also trying to save the world on a regular basis. It can’t be an easy balance. But reminding us that our heroes are humans does help to bring them back down to earth.

I was a bit surprised that the kidnapping pot didn’t run on for longer. But I am glad that they didn’t stretch the plot longer than they needed to. There isn’t much of a hint for what the next plot will be, so the next issue is going to have to establish it all on its own.

Art

The art for Miles has always been among my favorites, and this newest reboot is no exception. Miles Morales Spider-Man #3 sports all of the bright artwork and dramatic scenes that I’ve come to expect from the series.

Javier Garron did the inking for the series, and he had a lot to work with. Not only did he need to give us Miles in the style we expect, but he needed to include two characters that are not typically in this series. I personally think he did a great job with both.

David Curiel was the colorist for this issue, and like many other works of his, I loved it. I was particularly fond of the way he colored one of Miles’ abilities, and the dramatic lighting and coloring used during some of the fight scenes.

Conclusion

Miles Morales Spider-Man #3 concluded the first major plot arc for the new series. The conclusion was well worth the read. This issue had lots of unexpected moments, some points that were so painfully true to the characters involved, and some fantastic fight scenes. It was more or less everything I was looking for in this issue.

 


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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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