REVIEW: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1/ Writer: Saladin Ahmed/ Artist: Javier Garron/ Colorist: David Curiel/ Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit/ Publisher: Marvel/ Release Date: December 12th, 2018

Miles Morales is experiencing an insane uptick in popularity. With his film debut in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse fast approaching, as well as playing a key role in the Spider-Man PS4 game, the once and future web-slinger isn’t going anywhere. Naturally, it makes sense that Marvel would launch a new comic featuring Miles.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1, from writer Saladin Ahmed (Exiles, Abbott)  and artist Javier Garron (Secret Warriors) finds Miles returning to normal life after the events of Spider-Geddon. In addition to juggling schoolwork (he has taken up creative writing) and a relationship with his girlfriend/not girlfriend Barbara, he also deals with super-heroic problems when running into the Rhino and a group of mysterious new adversaries.

Fans have wondered about the fate of Miles, particularly since his co-creator and longtime writer Brian Michael Bendis has crossed over to the Distinguished Competition. I’m happy to report that he is in good hands with Ahmed and Garron. Ahmed’s script is zippy, managing to fill readers both new and old on Miles’ backstory and the challenges he faces. Also, he writes teenagers like actual teenagers, which is a bonus. Garron brings his A game to the table as well, his pencils and inks nearly leaping off the page. Miles and his BFF Ganke are given a stylish update-and even new hairstyles!  Combined with David Curiel’s bright, vibrant colors, you can’t help but be in awe-especially at the first page when Miles is seen swinging into action.

However the best part of the issue is how Miles’ biracial heritage, as well as current events, are addressed. Miles, as most readers know, is Afro-Latino; his father, Jefferson, is Black and his mother Rio is Puerto Rican. This duality is addressed not only in the way he talks to his parents, but when Barbara takes him to meet her cousin Eduardo-whose father was recently deported. This hits Miles deep-fighting supervillains is one thing. Fighting something like predjuice and racism? Not so easy.

“I’ve never been more sure of my power. But I’ve never been more confused about my responsibility.”

Miles confesses. Ahmed and Garron have not only given us a fresh start for Miles Morales, but they are finally exploring how his experience as Spider-Man will differ from Peter Parker’s. And that is an angle that’s been sorely needed for the character.

FINAL VERDICT: 5 out of 5 Venom stings.

Collier, or CJ as he’s known to his friends, is a screenwriter and blogger residing in Seattle. When he isn’t at his laptop or at work, he loves to read comics, watch movies, play card games, and hit the local arcade. Spider-Man is his favorite fictional character of all time.

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