Miles Morales: Spider-Man #8 Comic Review
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artists: Javier Garrón
Colorists: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover: Patrick O’Keefe
“Trial and Error”
What You Need To Know
After Miles spent some much needed family time, he felt refreshed and ready to take on the world, but all of that came crashing down after he was kidnapped by a mysterious teleporter. Miles now must fight for his life as a lab rat for a mysterious organization. Can Miles figure out how to escape this twisted science experiment with his life?
What Just Happened
The issue begins as Miles wakes up somewhere restrained where a voice explains “the terms of agreement.” The voice announces itself as a cyborg-like being that states that it is The Assessor. Miles is told that if he does not follow the terms, his family and friends will be in danger. Miles is forced to endure trials that test his abilities and push him to his limits. The Assessor informs Miles that he is not expected to survive the trials, and if he does he will be killed.
After unknown time spent enduring the torturous trials, Miles awakens in the lab to 2 doctors discussing how Miles may have gotten his powers. Miles manages to break free of his restraints and tries to escape, but is confronted by the being that kidnapped him last issue. He is able to defeat the teleporter this time by focusing and using his venom sting. Miles then makes his escape. To his surprise and horror, he realizes that he was in another trial that simulated his escape.
And just like that Saladin Ahmed has turned things up a notch and put Miles through the ringer. Miles is pretty much tortured throughout this whole issue and Ahmed really emphasizes Miles’s resilience and determination as he undergoes trial after trial knowing that it will lead to his destruction. Like his mentor Peter Parker, this Spider-Man will also put his life on the line for his family, even it means he dies in the process. Miles also proves that he is worthy of the Spider-Man mantle by learning from his past defeats, as seen when he has round 2 with the teleporter and employs what he’s learned from their previous battle.
Ahmed has created a creepy villain to torture Spider-Man. The Assessor is cold, calculating, nameless, and faceless threat. We do not yet know if The Assessor is a single enemy or a collective of villains. All we know is The Assessor is studying Miles to analyze his strengths and weaknesses, but we do not know what they are planning to do with this information. Miles has been pushed to his limits for what seems like an endless amount of time and being given the false hope of escape may be too much for him to overcome.
Garrón’s art for the full issue is a welcome return. The art does a great job of showing Miles’s struggle to survive the numerous tests he is put through. The splash page of Miles’s torture was a highlight of the issue. You can see the anguish on Miles’s face along with all the sweat, cuts, and wounds he has suffered while in captivity. The art in this issue compliments Ahmed’s script perfectly.