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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 1 Hardcover – February 15, 2012
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Brian Michael Bendis has been up and down in his stint at writing them various Avengers titles. But I think he was born to write Spider-Man, or at least the Ultimate versions of him. But if you were anticipating a fresh new origin for this webspinner (who, by the way, has yet to spin webs), you'd be not right, sir.
This is another instance of the media and the Internet letting the cat out of the bag, thus depriving the readers that awesome "What the--?!" moment when the comic book actually does unveil its big reveal. It's a controversial decision, I guess, opting to have a minority character fill in the shoes of Marvel's flagship superhero. Except that Bendis writes Miles Morales so well and so sensitively that you're immediately drawn to the kid.
Miles Morales is half-Latin, half-black. Bendis, without making a big deal of it, is able to express the challenges posed to a minority family. Miles has a good heart. When he wins the academic lottery and is selected to a prestigious charter school, he feels awful for the kids whose names weren't called. Miles' parents are loving people, and yet there's deep dissension between Miles' father and his cool but shady uncle, his uncle who happens to be a halfway recognizable minor villain in Spidey lore. It's in his uncle's apartment that Miles is bitten by a runaway genetically-mutated spider.
Bendis' slow burn decompression style works perfectly in this introductory arc.Read more ›
Miles Morales made his debut in the pages of Marvel Comic's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. Marvel has collected the first five issues of this series in the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Vol. 1 Premiere Hardcover that showcases why Miles Morales was named the Best New Character of 2011.
Growing up in Brooklyn is not so easy for Miles. His family has hardships and his parents work to give him everything they did not have, like a chance to escape poverty. Miles is fortunate and wins a lottery and spot in a prestigious charter school. Things are looking up for him. Then a genetically enhanced spider bites him and his whole world changes. With mysterious powers and no idea how to use them Miles is overwhelmed with fear. He just wants to be normal, but when the original Spider-Man dies to save the world, Miles learns the same lesson that Peter Parker did, with great power comes great responsibility.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis has flipped the status quo. Since the debut of the "Ultimate" line of comics Bendis has told the story of Peter Parker in more than 150 issues of Ultimate Spider-Man. But everything has changed and this story shows that anything can happen.
Bendis' introduction of Miles is handled well. The story is built around Miles and his family life.Read more ›
The first volume of a new title has to capture the imagination, and while there's a lot of good about this title, Miles's character isn't totally fleshed out. In another title written by Brian Michael Bendis, The Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter Parker lets a criminal go despite having powers because Parker doesn't see why he should fight crime. When that same criminal kills Uncle Ben, a superhero is born. There is no moment like that in Miles Morales's story.
Having a superhero in grade school can be done well. In Geoff Johns's Shazam, Billy initially uses his powers to push over cars and buy beer. I really don't feel that Morales is the kid he's supposed to be. I don't have a problem with them creating a new Spider-Man, and I think there's potential in Miles Morales's story. The universe he lives in is very well established, and he's stronger than Peter Parker, being able to blend into the background (chameleon power) and shock his enemies (venom power). Bendis is nothing but creative. I just think the title should have been better. ***
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it's a good read and different start to the marvel universe nd it really makes you wonder how other people would handle the situationPublished 3 months ago by Jarred Blackburn
I've been a Spidey fan all of my life(he's only 8 years older), I'm impressed with the fact that an African American like myself in the new Spider-Man...Long Live Miles!Published 8 months ago by David
Like many comic fans, I was annoyed with the intro of a new spider man. In my case, there already was one, so why another? The answer is miles Morales. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
fantastic story. I actually have every issue, it's familiar but gives Spider-Man the breath of fresh air that's been much needed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great story, and the teens who read it for my library's book club loved it and loved Miles Morales as Spider-Man!Published 12 months ago by Liz