Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 Comic Review
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Javier Garron
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Variant Covers: Marko Djurdjevic, Lee Garbett, Adi Granov
“Miles is back! Just in time for his Hollywood Close Up”
What You Need to Know
Miles Morales is back, and his popularity is getting ready to explode with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opening in theaters this weekend. Marvel is making sure that Miles’ comic popularity will rival his upcoming film popularity by tapping rising superstar writer Saladin Ahmed to handle the series. Ahmed reintroduces Miles and his supporting cast while introducing a mystery that may lead to team-up you would imagine occurring.
What Just Happened
This issue begins with Miles having to start keeping a journal for his creative writing class. Miles uses his journal to reflect on his experiences that his led him to this point in his life as Spider-Man. Miles writes about the origin of how he got his powers, his family and the secrets they have kept from each other, and the love for his mother. Miles also reflects on his hectic schedule balancing high school, spending time with his family and friends, and being Spider-Man. Miles (re)introduces us to his friends Judge and Ganke, kind of girlfriend Barbara, his parents, and his Uncle Aaron aka Iron Spider. Miles vents about how his life as Spider-Man affects his ability to rest and be fully prepared for school.
Miles is able to take some time and meet with Barbara and her little cousin Eduardo at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Barbara is trying to show her cousin a good time since his father was deported. Miles’ mother is also concerned about recent events where immigrant children are detained and wonders what could have happened to Miles if she was separated from him when he was a child.
Miles finishes his day off patrolling and is ready to call it a night when he notices a robbery in progress. These thieves stand out with their strange gear, which makes them look like robots. As Spider-Man attempts to intervene, the Rhino ambushes him. The Rhino mocks Miles for not being the original Spider-Man, and tells him to go home. Miles, exhausted from his lack of rest, fights off Rhino but can’t put him down for long. The Rhino finally admits to Miles that he is not a part of the robbery, and he is looking for his missing niece. Miles stops the robbers from getting away and unmasks one of them, revealing him to be Barbara’s little cousin Eduardo. Miles and The Rhino are confused by what they see and before they can react, Eduardo shoots them with an energy field from his suit that knocks them out.
This new beginning for Miles Morales is a perfect jumping on point for new readers, and a good refresher for readers who have been following the adventures of this Spider-Man. Saladin Ahmed takes the time to reintroduce us to Miles and the important people in his life. Ahmed is able to characterize Miles as a well-rounded kid, someone who is intelligent but hip to the culture. Miles has grasped that with great power, comes great responsibility and he has not forgotten where he has come from as he is very family orientated. The problem is that as Miles get older and advances in his high school career, he is having trouble balancing his responsibilities. Miles’ attendance at Brooklyn Visions keeps him from his family, and his duties as Spider-Man keeps him from getting rest and having any semblance of a stable relationship with Barbara.
I appreciate how Ahmed is blending in real life events into this book. With Miles being biracial, it is definitely powerful to see his mother’s concern over seeing children being detained and deported. We also get to see how immigrant families torn apart by deportation can have unforeseen consequences on children as someone or something has corrupted Barbara’s young cousin Eduardo. On a lighter note, I am definitely here for a Miles Morales/Rhino team up. Miles and Rhino gave us an entertaining fight where Rhino barely acknowledges Miles’ existence, and Miles is too exhausted to put up a fight. I’m looking forward to seeing what Ahmed has planned for these characters as a duo. They seem to now have a shared interest going forward as to a why a kid is committing a robbery in a high tech suit.
Javier Garron’s art in this issue is great. Garron is able to draw Miles as a maturing hero who is not the child he once was but still lacks the muscular physique of an adult superhero. Miles and his friends resemble high school kids you would see in your neighborhood, and that grounds this book in reality. Garron’s Rhino design is outstanding as well as he looks like he just killed a Rhino and decided to wear its hide (sorry for the visual). David Curiel’s colors pop off the page, especially Miles’ suit. Curiel’s colors have New Your looking vivid and colorful, as the city should be. Marvel did a great job in putting this team together and I’m excited for the future of this book.