The 2nd issue of this mini-series ended on a real shocking moment, with Miles revealing that he’s Spider-Man to his dad, a notorious hero-hater.
However, Bendis doesn’t begin this final issue right there, instead, we open with a normal passenger plane expecting to be able to land in New Jersey, only… Galactus has just destroyed New Jersey, there is no airport, no nothing. So basically… this plane is about to crash into Galactus. It’s not initially clear, but it looks like it swerves at the last second and manages to just crash into the ground. It’s not obvious at first why we are seeing this scene, and not some Miles/Miles’ dad drama, but it makes sense eventually. But not before we do get that Miles drama!
As you might have expected, Jefferson Davis is not exactly over the moon to find out that his son his Spider-Man, and he accuses him of killing his brother (The Prowler), and then starts blaming Miles for his mother’s death. This is all very hard-hitting, personal stuff, and it was pretty hard to read, I just felt bad for everyone involved. Luckily, the fight between father and son can’t get too far, as that plane crashlands in the next street. Miles tells his dad to get back indoors and wait for him while he goes to help, and he does, but what he sees is shocks him so much he forgets to put his mask back on, until Spider-Woman reminds him to, not just to protect his secret identity, but also to help him breathe. David Marquez really nails the scene of Miles seeing this crashed plane, and the shock on his face, but then, he nails everything, the art here is excellent.
Miles heads into the plane to help anyone trapped in there, and he finds… none other than J. Jonah Jameson, another known hero-hater (well, Spidey-hater). It looks like JJJ, who had finally come around to Peter Parker right before he died, and because of that was against Miles, will now change his opinion of the new Spider-Man as well, which is cool. After this, the rest of Miles’ amazing friends show up, with Cloak and Dagger helping to teleport injured people to safety in Pittsburgh, and Bombshell totally kicking ass at saving everyone from falling debris. I really get the feeling that, post-Cataclysm, Ultimate Spider-Man will be a teambook of some sorts.
Miles returns home, but his Dad isn’t there, which, again, emotions were happening. It’s here that Miles gets the call from Tony Stark, and the events of the main series where Spider-Man heads to the 616 Universe are set up, but really, the biggest thing here is the Miles and his dad stuff. I said it about the main series, but it’s even more applicable here, Bendis is doing a fantastic job at keeping this story focused on the characters in amongst the end of the world. Stuff like Galactus happens all the time in comics, but heartbreaking scenes like the one between Miles and his dad? That’s all too rare and very special.