Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 Comic Review
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Javier Garron
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Marco D’Alfonso
Variant Cover: Dan Panosian
What You Need to Know
Miles and The Rhino continue to search the streets of New York for the missing children. Their search recently led them into an altercation with Tombstone but no closer to rescuing the children. Luckily, Captain America has arrived on the scene to help save the day.
What Just Happened
Captain America has entered the scene, and he is also looking for missing children that have been in the foster care system. Cap has taken a mission from his congresswoman to find them. Miles, Cap, and Rhino team-up together to continue to search for the children. The team tracks the children to a former S.H.I.E.L.D. warehouse in Brooklyn, and Cap defers to Miles to determine the next move. Miles infiltrates the warehouse and is immediately attacked by a child. Rhino and Cap come to Miles’ rescue, and seemingly super powered children confront them all. Luckily, Miles is able to subdue the children before they are hurt.
The mastermind behind the missing children, Snatcher, confronts this unlikely team. Before the heroes can attack, Snatcher uses his powers to leave them helpless. Snatcher explains that when he “snatches” adults he fries their brains. Snatcher also explains that when he “snatches” kids, he is able to control them and unlock dormant superpowers. Snatcher admits to selling a few of the super powered kids to the highest bidder. Cap’s willpower is able to disrupt Snatcher’s hold over him, enough for Miles, Rhino, and the children to break free. Rhino is able to help some of the children escape the warehouse. Miles attacks Snatcher, but Snatcher uses his powers to have the rest of the children aim weapons at each other. Rhino’s niece Tanya and Miles’ friend’s nephew Eduardo is among them. What Snatcher doesn’t realize is that he is unable to keep his hold over all the children at once. Miles sees his opportunity, and knocks Snatcher out with a venom blast.
When the smoke clears, Cap’s congresswoman arrives to help the children connect with their families. Cap heads off to his next mission. Miles and Rhino share mutual respect for each other. Miles takes Eduardo home to his family. At school the next day, Miles is happy to hear that Eduardo’s family is happy he is home.
This was an interesting yet uneventful ending to the first arc of Miles Morales: Spider-Man. The introduction of Captain America to the story adds a fun dynamic. Rhino immediately cops pleas at the sight of Captain America, and Miles is in awe of Cap’s presence. Saladin Ahmed characterizes Cap as practical and dignified. Cap is involved at the request of his congresswoman for Christ’s sake. I also find it hilarious and entertaining that Ahmed remembers Cap is really a senior citizen in a super soldier’s body. Seeing Cap struggle with a smartphone was a highlight of the issue for me. I wish more comic books would remember that Captain America is actually a really old man. It was also funny seeing Miles play the role of tech savvy grandson. Rhino doesn’t have the spotlight as much as the previous issues, but he is still characterized strongly. Rhino is portrayed as someone who wants to do good, but his emotions sometimes get the best of him.
The art continues to be very strong in this book. Javier Garron had fun with his depictions of the super powered children this issue. Rhino looks hulking, and Cap looks regal, as the heart of the Avengers should be. David Curiel’s colors continue to be a highlight of this book. The colors pop and are lush and shiny without being distracting.
The mastermind behind the disappearance of the children proved to be a big disappointment in this issue. I don’t know if Ahmed is trolling or just couldn’t think of a villain he could use for this arc so he created a bland dude bro of a character in Snatcher. Snatcher looks and talks like a jerk. Snatcher’s powers also make no sense. So he can melt the brains of adults, but mind control and unlock super powers in kids? How??? Why??? I’m hoping we get more compelling villains in the future.