“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” (Miles Morales: Spider-Man #9 Comic Review)

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #9 Comic Review

Writer: Saladin Ahmed

Artist: Javier Garrón

Colorist: David Curiel

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Patrick O’Keefe

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

What You Need To Know

Miles’ disappearance did not go unnoticed. Miles’ mother and father are worried sick about him but do not want to risk exposing his identity as Spider-Man. Luckily, Uncle Aaron arrives on the scene with information regarding Miles, and a connection to the criminal underworld that will come in handy. Looks like Miles’ Dad will have to dust off the old S.H.I.E.L.D. gear.

What Just Happened

The issue begins with Miles’ parents at home worried about his disappearance and looking through Miles’ childhood pictures to cope. Miles’ Uncle Aaron arrives and informs Miles’ parents that he may know where Miles is. Aaron believes Miles has been kidnapped. Aaron knows the location but realizes the security is too strong for him to engage it head-on. Aaron and Miles’ father set out to grab gear to aid them in rescuing Miles.

Aaron and Miles’ father meet up with Ceres who Aaron asks for an updated suit in exchange for his future services. Aaron and Miles’ father infiltrate the building where they believe Miles’ is being held. Aaron in an updated Prowler suit and Miles’ father in his old S.H.I.E.L.D. gear battle through the building and locate Miles in the basement of the facility.

The Assessor learns of their infiltration and the teleporter, Quantum appears to subdue them. Miles, Aaron, and Miles’ father The Assessor states that it has acquired all the data it needs and recalls Quantum. Aaron, Miles, and Miles’ father escape from the facility. Miles’ mother takes him home and Miles’ father asks Aaron to come by for dinner.

My Thoughts

I really think Saladin Ahmed has been toying with us until this most recent arc. Starting his run on Miles Morales with lighthearted affairs until it was time to drop the hammer with his current arc that seems to not only push Miles to his limits, but also set up an upcoming conflict that is sure to define his career as Spider-Man. Miles seems to be mentally and physically exhausted and one can only wonder how this will affect his web-slinging days going forward. The Assessor was collecting data for a reason and I’m anxious to see what that reason is going forward.   For some reason I am not convinced that this Assessor is a typical villain of the week. My theory is that they are not a villain at all, and they are preparing Miles for an upcoming conflict.

I really like how that issue was told from Miles’ father’s point of view. I’ve enjoyed how recent issues have put the spotlight back on Miles’ family. Miles’ father and Uncle Aaron being able to put their differences aside for the sake of Miles was powerful and seeing them team up and put the skills they’ve learned from opposite sides of the law was an excellent touch that Ahmed added to this book. Miles’ father not only is able to express his concern and worry over Miles’ disappearance, but he is also able to use his current situation to look back on his relationship with his brother Aaron growing up. Miles’ father may not approve of Aaron’s ways, but he grew up in the same way he did and will channel the old ways of the neighborhood to get his son back.

Saladin Ahmed is looking to build on what has been established for Uncle Aaron during his run on Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Aaron is no longer the “cool” uncle who is a poor influence for Miles due to his life of crime. Aaron is now trying to turn his life around but gets brought back to what he tried to put behind him in order to save someone he loves. Aaron has to become the Prowler to save Spider-Man. What Aaron probably did not expect is for his choice to risk his life to save Miles would lead to him reconnecting with his family that he has been estranged from for years. One thing Aaron and his brother have in common is their love for Miles and that is enough to unite them for what seems like the first time in ages. The Morales family being whole is a strength that will probably serve Miles well going forward.

Javier Garrón’s art is another strength of this issue as usual. This anguish and grief on Miles’ parents and uncle is apparent throughout this issue. The new Prowler suit looks awesome. The highlight of this issue however would have to be the page where Aaron and Miles’ dad fight through the Assessor’s thugs while making their way down to the basement to rescue Miles. Speaking of Miles, Garrón makes sure to remind you that Miles has been suffering endlessly while being in captivity. In every panel, Miles has streams of tears in his eyes and his body is convulsing from the pain he has endured.

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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
Saladin Ahmed has turned up the heat on Miles Morales by isolating him from his friends and family while pushing him to his limits. Miles must put his own life on the line to protect his family and friends. Will Miles be able to withstand the torture in order to figure out an escape plan?
Good
  • Miles' father and uncle team up
  • New Prowler suit
  • Brother finally reconcile
  • Strong art
Bad
  • What is the Assessor's reason for their studies?
9.2
Amazing
Story - 9
Art - 9
Character Development - 9.5
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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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