A review of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #5!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller: SARA PICHELLI
Artist: Kaare Andrews
The Story: Miles' journey to becoming Spider-Man continues!
Will Miles live up to Peter Parker's legacy?
A mysterious figure from Peter Parker's past returns!
This book makes me so happy. Imagine me reading it with a giant awkward grin on my face. Actually, quit thinking that. We don't need to introduce weird images surrounding this book. All you need to imagine with Ultimate Comics Spider-Man is a young kid, Miles Morales, wearing a Spider-Man costume and hopping around rooftops. He's not wearing the actual Spider-man's costume [note: it was a Halloween costume] anymore because that would be disrespectful. That costume is also a symbol Miles Morales needs to earn, rather than inherit.
Issue 5 marks the end to the first story arc introducing Miles Morales, who has taken on the role of Spider-Man. To give you a little run down of where we are now: Peter Parker was killed. (He will probably remain dead as all the superhero deaths in the Ultimate Universe.) Miles was bitten by a radioactive spider, which granted him arachnid-like powers. He can stick to walls. He can jump really far. He can turn invisible. He also may have some kind of prognostication power (in issue 3 of the arc Miles dreamed of fighting Electro—it's unclear if anything is going to be done with this particular scene or, assuming it's wasn't a sense at all, if it was just a plot device to introduce the bad guy).
This issue was all about Miles meeting the Avengers and proving himself in a way that gives Nick Fury hope where he had none before. He even gave Miles a nice gift at the end of the issue.
I am interested to see where all the sub-plots go from here. Miles' father seems to have a dislike for super-heroes. He's not going to take Miles' new found powers very well when he finds out. Miles has been so sloppy it's going to be a miracle if can keep it from his dad in any capacity for very long.
Miles' ne'er do well uncle, the Prowler, seems to have some interest and knowledge of what happened to Miles. He is perhaps more than Miles' father sees him. I am hoping they don't kill him to give a parallel history to Peter Parker with his Uncle Ben dying (fingers crossed).
Nick Fury has taken on the role as father figure for Miles in this secret part of his life.
Spider-Woman will be keeping an eye on Miles. I imagine she will teach him how to fight crime. And his friend Ganke rounds out the cast as the funny best friend who adds levity to Miles' seriousness and naiveté.
This is a good cast of characters and adds good fodder for Miles to play on.
Brian Michael Bendis has done something good here. I am not ready to put the word "great" on it yet, but I am really hoping I get to do that. I hope Miles Morales captures the hearts and minds of a whole new generation of readers. I'm just happy to be reading it as it all began.
There really isn't much I can say about this book besides it's solid. It should be on your pull list.
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Review by: David Dean