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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Vol. 1 Paperback – September 20, 2016
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Brian Michael Bendis is an American comic book writer and former artist. He has won critical acclaim, including five Eisner Awards for both his creator-owned work and his work on various Marvel Comics books.
Starting out with crime and noir comics, Bendis eventually moved to mainstream superhero work. With Bill Jemas and Mark Millar, Bendis was the primary architect of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, launching Ultimate Spider-Man in 2000, on which he continues as writer to the present day. He relaunched the Avengers franchise with New Avengers in 2004, and has also written the Marvel "event" storylines "Secret War" (2004), "House of M" (2005), "Secret Invasion" (2008), "Siege" (2010) and "Age of Ultron" (2013).
In addition to writing comics, he has also worked in television, video games and film, and taught writing at Portland State University. He will begin teaching at University of Oregon starting in Fall 2013, and his book Words for Pictures will be out in Spring 2014 from Random House
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I wasn't just pleasantly surprised though, I was blown away!
The character interactions between Miles and his buddy are great, and his cute little crush on Ms Marvel had me smiling inside. While the overall plot wasn't memorable the dialogue was. It was charming, funny, and dramatic all at the right moments.
I personally can't wait to read Vol 2; this book was well worth the buy.
The characters in this comic are pretty interesting, there is no main character that I find to be boring or useless to the plot.
I do kind of wish that some of the sublot was either removed or fleshed out, but other than that I enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed this comic, and I can't wait for Vol. 2.
This is the first Miles Morales story that takes place after the Ultimate Universe was destroyed and the 616 was rolled into some strange (and to me, unsatisfying) new universe where Marvel comics is set from 2015 - ?? (I suspect that it won't last terribly long). Sara Pichelli has changed her art style to reflect a different universe from the Ultimate one, and it took a little bit for me to get used to. Also - Miles and Gamke appear older now (they look 16), which is different from the age 13 in which they debuted in 2011 (someone could write a very interesting paper about the relationship between time in our world and in the Marvel universe).
The dialogue is excellent. The plot is just ok.
Over a decade ago, a close friend of mine told me that a lot of online commentators (on comic book forums, etc...) complained that Ultimate Spider-man should be called Ultimate Peter Parker. I thought it was a great point, but rather than a criticism, that it was a strength of the book and Bendis's writing. The real young man was more interesting than his superhero alter ego. Bendis has maintained that with Miles Morales - his work as Spider-man causes problems in his personal life, and it's fascinating to watch him deal with it.
Miles has an fairly unique relationship with his father, who is quality character himself.
At one point, Gamke shows Miles a youtube video series created by an Asian college student who is obsessed with Spider-man. She shows recent fight footage where his costume is ripped a bit, and is over the moon excited about that this new Spider-man is a person of color. "Black Spider-man" she exclaims. Miles response is: "I don't want to be the black Spider-man. I want to be Spider-man." It's a very good discussion about minority superheroes and what they mean to different individuals (the new Cap and female Thor are also brought up in this scene).
At another point, Miles and Gamke have a discussion/debate about whether it is harder to be thin and black/hispanic or chubby and Asian in NYC. Bendis does a nice job navigating the conversation.
It's a very strong book. The only weak point is the plot involving Black Cat and Hammerhead.
This volume is a lot of set-up, and I'm scared that Civil War II will derail it (and all of my other favorite Marvel titles) when the next trade rolls out. Still, I had a blast, and Black Cat is heavily featured here as well, which is always a BIG UP from me.