I really enjoyed the first issue of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man praising Brian Michael Bendis’ softer character moments and writing in general as well as Marquez’s more realistic and fully realised art. Basically I feel that ‘Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man’ is a comic book that’s full of strengths and #2 is certainly no different, picking up where the first issue left off. For the recap of this issue go here.
Before we get to the resolution of that cliff-hanger from #1 lets talk about Norman Osborn. His character was supposed to be dead and his resurrection is at risk of, quite rightly, being overshadowed. However Bendis has made a good decision to put his scene at the start of the issue, not only to serve as a kind of break for the cliff-hanger, but to firmly remind people that Spider-Man’s greatest enemy is on his way back. Using the eye-scanner at Osborn Industries was a clever way to firmly cement that this is Norman Osborn without overtly telling anyone. My one issue with this is that when he escaped from the authorities Norman was bedraggled with long hair and a beard, however when he lands at Osborn Industries he’s back to his suave looking corporate image, how?
Whilst Norman’s return has a big-bad kind of intrigue attached to it, the mysterious Spider-duo have also recieved some slight storyline progression as we learn that they were after a ‘Latveria’ package from Tony Stark’s Stark Command Centre. Latveria is the fictional home of Doctor Doom, does that mean we’ll be seeimg the super villainous inventor in this comic?
Now onto the cliff-hanger. You have to wonder if they titled this comic book ‘Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man’ to fully remind readers that this is a book about Miles and not Peter Parker, who is seemingly back from the dead, although a ‘Peter Parker: Ultimate Spider-Man’ spin-off wouldn’t surprise me. But alas, Peter is back and he wants his web-shooters, first asking politely and then knocking Miles out to get them.
Obviously there aren’t any concrete answers yet, it’s only the second issue after all. But Bendis again cleverly positions Miles to act as the conscious voices of the readers, he ticks through all of the possibilities of how Peter returned just like we would have/did when reading. The humour in the panels is superb with Marquez repeating the same stoic Miles ‘frozen in shock’ panel for comic effect as Peter quips and jokes away, this in turn makes Miles’ mini-swearing-tirade much more amusing. Also, the confrontation ending with Miles repeating to himself ‘clone’ over and over again like he’s had a mental breakdown is pure genius.
Only two issues in I already have the sense that Miles is an entirely different character to Peter Parker with his entirely different set of problems and complicatons. This is incredibly important as you don’t want to read a comic-book about a Spider-Man that they’ve made a black, hispanic character only to see that he’s basically a race-swapped Peter Parker. Whilst I thoroughly love Peter Parker’s characterisation, Miles Morales is really growing on me.
As are his supporting cast, Ganke as Mile’s best friend and constant source of moral support is not only a different character dynamic for a Spider-Man (Peter’s best friends usually try to kill him after a while) but it’s a superb source of well written, realistic humour. For example, when Ganke and Miles are discussing Peter’s resurrection they sound like real people, which makes Ganke saying that Spider-Man has a nice bum all the more funny. Katie Bishop is also promising as well, although I’ve not seen a lot of her to really make a judgement either way, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing if Morales tells her he’s Spider-Man or not.
Bendis’ comic is currently full of intrigue and mystery. Both Peter Parker and Norman Osborn are back from the dead, two Spider-Man lookalikes are causing havoc and Miles is struggling to come to terms with his father’s departure and whether or not he should tell his girlfriend Katie Bishop he’s Spider-Man. As you can see there’s a lot going on, but the issue doesn’t feel cluttered or rushed, it all fits into place nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing where this all goes!
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