Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13 leaps forward into the Divided We Fall storyline...kind of.
New Spider-man...same old Spider-Man problems. Miles Morales could only go so long as the new Ultimate Spider-Man before the media could accuse him of being a murderer. In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13, Miles is accused of murdering his uncle (who also happens to be the Prowler) after defending himself from his uncle in issue #12. Like many of the previous Ultimate Spider-Man Miles' issues, most of the issue deals with how Miles handles his emotions and the problem of not being able to tell family members. The only family member that knew Miles was Spider-Man ended-up dying...while fighting Miles.
While dealing with his emotions, Miles has yet another scene with the real star of the new Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, his cell phone. I'm pretty sure every issue has had at least a page dedicated to texting, or calling or spending 10 minutes putting on a sticky screen-protector. In issue #13's case, Miles gets a call from an unlikely ally who may actually be able to help him deal with the whole "telling my family I'm Spider-Man" thing.
Oh yeah, and after a scuffle chopped full of leaping and an awkward French accent, Miles finally gets to see who's forearm he was grabbing on the cover of the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13.
As far as tie-ins go, the "Divided We Stand" story has been refreshingly subtle. It feels organic and it is not taking away from the direction of the book, so far. At times Ultimate Comics Spider-Man does feel slow because of the constant "I can't believe this" and "I don't know what to do" moments from Miles, but I also understand those moments help us get more invested in the character.
I love the idea of the new Spider-Man's uncle dying early in Miles development as a hero, and how it mirrors Peter Parker's story. The nice difference is that Miles' uncle was the opposite type of person as Uncle Ben. As Miles says, his uncle was, "mean." There is also still guilt involved in Miles' uncle's death because Miles was fighting his uncle when his uncle died. So for the most part, Peter and Miles share a very similar origin and a life defining moment. The main difference at this point is that we don't know what direction Miles will take because of it.
Besides the story aspect of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, David Marquez's art has been amazing. I didn't even notice when Marquez transitioned onto the book because his art captured the tone and energy of Sarah Pichelli's art (the original Ultimate Comics Spider-Man artist). When I first noticed the artist had changed I started questioning myself. I thought maybe I was, unbeknownst to me, a racist and that my mind thought all black people look the same. I've since gone back and determined that David Marquez just did a real nice job.
Marquez actual has a truly amazing panel which is humorous because Spider-Man has fallen into a cake, but also beautifully detailed. I zoomed-in on the panel (on my iPad...do that paper comics!) and noticed actual items in a bakery are written out with prices, on a chalkboard, in the background. This panel highlights Marquez's attention to detail and clear use of a Wacom Cintiq illustration tablet...which I'm ok with. (View the page and panel below.)
Overall, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13 was another great entry in the Miles Spider-Man story. The crossover wasn't forced and the art was fantastic, as always.
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