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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 1 Paperback – August 29, 2012
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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. ***
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by David Lafuente
Totally fun. This book, the start of the second series of of Marvel's "Ultimate Spider-Man," is completely in keeping with the earlier books. Brian Michael Bendis writes with the same lighthearted, entertaining feel as before; Peter's internal narration has the same ingratiating tone, and the stories mix action and character development just as before. The artwork is fine; those who moan about the supposedly shocking "manga" look are either oversensitive or exaggerating -- I didn't think it was that different than the template set by Stuart Immonen in the first series. In short, this is pretty much the same book as before and not a "reboot" or shark vaulting exercise. Still a top-notch super-book, and still one that's a keeper, as far as I'm concerned. Make Mine Marvel! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
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