“Family Bonding” (Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 Comic Review)

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 Comic Review

Writer: Saladin Ahmed

Artists: Ron Ackins & Dexter Vines, Alitha E. Martinez, Vanesa R. Del Rey, and Javier Garrón

Colorists: David Curiel & Erick Arciniega

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Patrick O’Keefe

“Family Bonding”

What You Need To Know

After putting Tombstone behind bars with help from Starling, Miles is looking to regroup and find answers about his Uncle Aaron and his relationship with the crime boss. Elsewhere, Miles catches up with family who has some alarming news for him. The next threat to Miles sits in the shadows, analyzing him for reasons unknown.

What Just Happened

The issue begins with Miles meeting with his Uncle Aaron at his new home. Miles asks where Uncle Aaron has been and is informed that his uncle went into hiding after he tried to steal a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. Uncle Aaron states that with Wilson Fisk as mayor and S.H.I.E.L.D. no longer functioning, he was given a clean slate. Miles confronts Uncle Aaron about finding his picture in Tombstone’s files. Uncle Aaron swears to Miles that he is not working for Tombstone and he is retired from a life of crime. Miles tells Uncle Aaron that he is proud of him.

Miles hears an explosion and heads towards the scene and runs into Bombshell. Miles and Bombshell investigate and learn that the cause of the explosion is a malfunctioning drone. Miles and Bombshell are able to trap the drone and destroy it.

Miles’ mother, Rio Morales is assisting in the treatment of patients at University Hospital of Brooklyn. Mrs. Morales meets Miles’ father and Miles at a restaurant for brunch. Miles parents reveal to him that they are going to have another baby. On the way to meet Miles to study, Miles is attacked by a strange being and kidnapped. Miles wakes up strapped to a machine.

My Thoughts

Saladin Ahmed wraps up the current arc of Miles Morales: Spider-Man while foreshadowing what’s to come in this issue. Ahmed also takes the time to give some much-needed shine to Miles’ family who has not been given much attention in this series so far. Miles’ Uncle Aaron has always been a fascinating character and his return brings Miles a potential mentor and/or foe. Uncle Aaron does not seem to be telling the complete truth when telling Miles about how he escaped incarceration.

Ahmed sneaks some super heroics into this issue with a quick team-up with friend (potential lover?), fellow Champion, Bombshell. I get a feeling we will be seeing more of Bombshell in the coming issues. The malfunctioning drone seemed to be a forced antagonist just to give these heroes something to fight.

I appreciated seeing Miles’ mother is given the opportunity to develop as a supporting character. The way Mrs. Morales gushes with pride over the hero her son has become made me smile. Mrs. Morales is a hero in her own right, saving lives everyday at the local hospital in Brooklyn. Miles’ father is also present in this issue and Ahmed makes the reader believe that both parents are the reason that Miles grew up to be the hero he became. Miles would have been a force for good with or without the radioactive spider bite. I’m excited to see how Miles’ parents’ announcement to him plays out in future issues.

My only problem with this issue is that it feels more like an annual issue than the next issue in an overarching storyline. The issue features a cliffhanger that looks to kick off the next story arc but not enough is shown to really know what is going to happen next.   Here is hoping that Uncle Aaron and Miles’ parents will become a bigger fixture in this book going further. This issue featuring multiple artists also lends to the feeling of this book being an annual than the next issue in a continuing story. Ron Ackins & Dexter Vines, and Alitha E. Martinez contribute strong art to this issue. Vanesa R. Del Rey art leaves a lot to be desired particularly in the character models and character faces. Javier Garrón continues to impress with his art even though he is not providing art for the whole issue. Shout out to Patrick O’Keefe of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse fame for the awesome cover.

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Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
Miles’ family is given the spotlight in this issue to positive results. Miles family provides him with positive support and potentially devastating complications to his future. The conflict with Tombstone is over for now, but a new enemy is watching Miles from the shadows.
Good
  • Supporting characters given the spotlight
Bad
  • Multiple artists make issue's art seem inconsistent
  • Forced team up
  • Story feels more like an annual than a new chapter in a continuing story
7.7
Good
Story - 7
Art - 8
Character Development - 8
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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