“New Kids on The Block” (Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 Comic Review)

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 Comic Review

Writer: Saladin Ahmed

Artists: Zé Carlos & Ig Guara

Colorists: Dono Sánchez-Almara with Photobunker

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Mike Hawthorne & David Curiel

Variant Cover: Mirka Andolfo

“New Kids on The Block”

What You Need To Know

Ultimatum has set his sights on controlling Brooklyn, and Miles has to stop his expansion attempts. After multiple traumatic ordeals, Miles is also getting reacclimated to his everyday life with school and managing his social life. Miles also has some changes to his family life that are sure to bring new beginnings and new challenges to his already complicated life.

What Just Happened

The issue begins with Miles Morales in the neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn battling drug dealers. One of the dealers rigs the drugs they are carrying to self-destruct and all most kills himself in the process.

At school, Miles reconnects with his friends and Barbara. Ganke informs Miles that they are out of webfluid. The vice-principal orders Miles to his office and places him on academic probation for excessive tardies and not following the school’s code of conduct.

Miles goes on patrol and intervenes when the same gang he fought early is trying to force a man to take their drugs. The gang is ready for Miles and use night vision goggles to see Miles when he camouflages. Miles defeats the gang but is attacked by their victim who appears to be under the influence of the gang’s drug. One of the gang members communicates in Spanish to another member, which Miles overhears and realizes is a lead to finding Ultimatum’s location.

Miles travels to Manhattan to locate Ultimatum. While staking out the area where Ultimatum is supposed to be, Miles is interrupted by his father texting him that his mother is about to go into labor early. Miles also notices his uncle on an adjacent rooftop preparing for an assassination attempt.

My Thoughts

It looks like Miles is getting sort of a breather before he faces Ultimatum head-on. Miles is getting back to being the protector of Brooklyn. Miles is trying to shift his focus back to school and his friends. Miles’ parents are about to bless him with a little sister. The only thing missing is Uncle Aaron to be a part of his life, but he sacrificed so Miles could escape the Assessor.

Ultimatum being the next person in line to try to take over Brooklyn makes this a more personal fight for Miles than even he can imagine. Once Miles learns the connection Ultimatum and his henchman has to his universe of origin, it could shake Miles to his core. It would be kind of a let down however if Ultimatum’s only goal is to run the drug trade of Brooklyn, especially with all of the tech he has acquired. It also seems the drug he is pushing has a lot to do with the formula that transformed Peter Parker’s greatest rival. Unfortunately, Miles may have to cross paths with his uncle’s criminal alter ego once again to stop crime in Brooklyn.

Carlos and Guara’s art in this issue does a great job of emulating Javier Garrón’s art. The glossy style to there art really compliments the shiny and bright colors of Sanchez-Almara and Photobunker. These artists are more than fine replacements for this issue.

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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
Ultimatum has his sights set on Brooklyn and only Miles Morales can stop him. Ultimatum’s gang is spreading a strange drug throughout the burrough, and Miles has to get to the bottom of it while balancing his school workload and family responsibilities. It’s funny that family may be the only thing stopping Miles from taking down Ultimatum.
Good
  • Miles' focus shifts back to school and family
  • Solid art
Bad
  • Hopefully Ultimatum isn't just trying to sell drugs
7.8
Good
Story - 8
Art - 8
Character Development - 7.5
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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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