Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 Comic Review
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Javier Garron
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Marco D’Alfonso
Variant Cover: Sana Takeda
“Spider-Man and The Rhino, The Team-Up You Never Knew You Wanted”
What You Need to Know
Miles Morales finds himself teaming up with The Rhino to solve the mystery of the brainwashed, super powered children. On top of this mystery, Miles still has to balance school and a social life. Miles is burning the candle on both ends but will he solve this mystery and maintain his grades before the fire burns out?
What Just Happened
This issue picks up where last issue ends with Miles regaining consciousness after the attack from Barbara’s cousin. The Rhino stayed by Miles’ side and reiterates that he is looking for his wife’s niece. Miles agrees to look for the children with The Rhino.
At school the next day, Miles can barely stay awake and focused due to a lack of sleep and a concern for Barbara. Miles even tries to skip a period but is caught by the assistant principal. Miles visits Barbara after school and vows to find her cousin Eduardo that leads her to question how he would be able to do that. Miles returns to his dorm and Ganke informs him that he has been doing some research and found a black market website message board where a shipment of child sized uniforms are being delivered. Ganke provides the address to Miles so he can investigate. Miles meets with The Rhino and they investigate the address together. Spider-Man stealthily investigates the warehouse at the address and discovers that Tombstone abducted the children and fitted them with the super suits. Tombstone discovers Spider-Man and sends his goons after him. Spider-Man underestimates Tombstone however and Tombstone is able to get the drop on him until The Rhino busts through the wall to make the save. Unfortunately for them, they do not have the best chemistry and they get in each other’s way. One of the brainwashed children then uses their suit to provide a distraction so Tombstone can escape. Miles and The Rhino find a room full of children connected to some sort of device. Miles and The Rhino see no sign of Eduardo or The Rhino’s wife’s niece. As they try to come up with a new plan, Captain America appears and offers his help.
Saladin Ahmed does a great job making you care for Miles Morales as a character. You want him to get enough rest and you want him to do well in school. I found myself hoping Miles would not get in trouble for skipping class like I know him. I am also really enjoying the Spider-Man/The Rhino team up. The Rhino has flirted with heroism (or anti-heroism) before and his emotional reason for wanting to help Spider-Man is tragic if you know your Spider-Man history. I’m interested in seeing how Miles will be able to pursue a friendship or potential relationship with Barbara without revealing he is Spider-Man due to the fact he always seems to almost slip up and tell on himself when he is around her. Love will do that to a person. It was cool to see Ganke prove how invaluable a friend he is to Miles and how he is an integral part of Miles career as Spider-Man. My favorite part of this issue would have to be The Rhino telling Miles he does not know what it is like to be judged by his appearance, and Miles replying with telling him he is more familiar with that problem then The Rhino is aware of. I also want to go back and find the story of the Hulk fighting a Mall Santa Rhino.
I’ve always wondered if Tombstone was a Black man or not and I appreciate Ahmed for confirming that he is (at least his characterization is). We need representation for villains as well as heroes. Black villains can be cool too. The Rhino and Spider-Man trying to work together to take down Tombstone went about as well as you’d expect but I loved the wrestling inspired double team move they used.
The art is sleek and colorful for the second straight issue. Miles Morales has had some great artists draw him and Javier Garron might be on his way to becoming another. David Curiel’s colors are awesome as well and shine throughout the book. To borrow another wrestling term, the appearance of Cap makes next issue a triple threat.