Miles Morales: Spider-Man #13 Comic Review
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artists: Javier Garrón, Kevin Libranda, Alitha E. Martinez,
Colorists: David Curiel & Protobunker
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Ken Lashley & David Curiel
Variant Cover: Rahzza, Eduard Petrovich
What You Need To Know
Miles and Uncle Aaron are on the run, with the most deadly assassins in the New York area on their tail. They must get to Brooklyn to clear Aaron’s name and make it to the hospital in time to ensure Miles’ little sister arrives safe and sound. Will Miles and Aaron pull a “John Wick” and survive the night? Or will Miles’ sister never get to know her big brother and Uncle?
What Just Happened
This issue picks up from the last issue, as Miles and his uncle Aaron have to make it to Red Hook with a price on Aaron’s head for not completing the assassination job. Aaron admits to Miles that he was working for Ultimatum to clear his debt from using the new Prowler suit to free Miles from The Assessor. Miles is out of webs and Aaron’s Prowler suit is malfunctioning.
Rhino is the first to try to cash in on the bounty. Miles tries to talk Rhino out of trying to collect, but Rhino attacks anyway. Miles and Aaron escape The Rhino, and Aaron uses experimental glider technology to help him and Miles cover more ground.
As Miles and Aaron make it to Brooklyn, the Sinister Syndicate blows them out of the sky. Exhausted, Aaron and Miles decide to use their stealth tech and camouflage to disappear and escape. The Syndicate catches up to Miles and Aaron on a freeway and almost blows them up. Luckily, Starling shows up to make the save.
Miles and Aaron make it to Ceres in Red Hook, and Ceres is able to convince Ultimatum to let Aaron live. Ultimatum informs Aaron that he belongs to him. Miles and Aaron make it to the hospital to meet the newest addition to the family, Billie Mariana Morales.
I hate to admit it but this issue was kind of a let down for me. I was expecting mayhem with Miles and Aaron racing against the clock against a legion of assassins out for blood. What we got was a bumbling Rhino, what amounts to a cameo from the Sinister Syndicate, and a fun appearance from the Frost Pharoah. I would have loved to see a wider variety of more deadly villains.
On the bright side, at least we got a Starling appearance. Hopefully, this leads to more team ups with Miles and an exploration of a potential budding partnership or romance. I am also curious to see what Aaron having to pledge his loyalty to Ultimatum will mean for his future interactions with his nephew. Can they truly be a family, if Aaron has to be the Prowler to do Ultimatum’s bidding?
This issue of Miles Morales: Spider-Man also marks the first appearance of Miles’ baby sister: Billie Mariana Morales. How will become a big brother change Miles’ approach to super heroics? Will Miles put more focus into school so he can set a good example for his sister?
While there are multiple artists on this issue, their styles are all similar enough that is does not distract from the quality of the book. Javier Garrón is clearly the artist that makes this book fire on all cylinders. Alitha E. Martinez and Kevin Libranda however, bring their distinct styles that convey a frantic pace that Miles and Aaron are moving at as they try to get to Brooklyn in one piece. Colorists David Curiel and Protobunker’s styles work to bring the artwork in this book to life with vivid and detailed pages in this book.