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Review – Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 (Marvel Comics)

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail)by Marco D'Alfonso
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  • Art - 8/10
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Summary

Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Javier Garron
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artist: Marco D’Alfonso
Maturity Rating: T
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: March 20th, 2019

Miles is still learning how to balance his life and his superhero life in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4. He still hasn’t perfected it… but he’s getting better.

 

Miles is Still Working on Balance in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4

Sometimes the biggest superhero moments come from the smallest day-to-day events. Trying to juggle saving the people around you with trying to be an actual human being. This is a subject that Spider-Man, and Miles Morales, in particular, has always been so stellar at showing us. Miles is actively struggling to find the balance in his life. The only way he can get it all done right now is to utterly deprive himself of sleep. That’s obviously only a short-term solution, at best. Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 has Miles starting to figure things out, but there’s still some room for improvement.

Writing

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 (Marvel Comics) cover by Marco D'Alfonso
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 (Marvel Comics) cover by Marco D’Alfonso

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 felt like more of a casual standalone issue, but that doesn’t keep it from being relevant. There’s a chance that one or two of the plots hinted at during this issue may end up becoming something larger with time. After all, every Spider-Man needs an irrational man hating on him, right?

Saladin Ahmed does a brilliant job of showing the smaller things in a superhero’s life. It’s so easy to overlook the human elements in a character like Miles. But it’s vital that we don’t. Here we’re forced to acknowledge how hard it would be to have a casual and fun day, with events and danger cropping up all over the place. Those events would ruin the average person’s day, but for a superhero, it forces them to stop, help everyone, and maintain their cover all at once.

We do see an improvement in how Miles is handling it all, while also seeing some of the cracks forming that he’s unaware of. We may or may not see the consequences of this later, but it’s hard to say for certain.

I do feel like they’re setting Miles up for something larger, despite how casual this issue appears. The angry guy may become a regular appearance, or there might be a cause behind all the events Miles had to deal with. I’m not sure which it’ll be, but I’m looking forward to finding out.

Art

Javier Garron and David Curiel provided the artwork for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4. The art style does feel different from the previous three issues. Brighter and bolder. I think I like this one more, though, so no complaints here.

The fight and action scenes in this issue were so well done. They perfectly showed off how agile Miles is. The webbing and ice were particularly interesting, even if Miles was somewhat frustrated by the appearance of that antagonist.

The expressions on the angry guy (whose name I intentionally left out for spoilers’ sake) were absolutely priceless. They brought his reactions to a comical level, but that was exactly what was needed out of him.

Also, one other amazing moment worth mentioning: the map scene. It was a clever way of showing a large distance being crossed, and it was done so in an amusing and unique manner. It immediately caught my attention, and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting it anytime soon.

Conclusion

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 was a fun and casual read. It may have been setting up for something bigger, or it may simply have been showing us the improvement in Miles’ balancing act. Regardless, it was funny and had dozens of interesting moments in it.


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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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