Miles Morales: Spider-Man #16 Comic Review
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Cory Smith
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Javier Garrón & David Curiel
Variant Cover: Pasqual Ferry & Chris Sotomayor
“Uh, Is That A Baby?”
What You Need To Know
Miles finally gets to spend some quality time with his baby sister, Billie, but as always duty calls. Can Miles balance his life as Spider-Man with now having a baby sister to take care of? While Miles focuses on the new addition to the family, Ultimatum continues his plan to take over Brooklyn. How do The Prowler and Miles fit into his plans?
What Just Happened
The issue is split into 2 parts; with the first part beginning with Miles watching his baby sister Billie while their parents go to brunch. While walking Billie through Brooklyn, Miles notices that a man has fallen down a manhole. Miles puts on his Spider-Man costume and webs his sister to his chest to go rescue the man. As Miles tries to lift debris that has fallen on the man, they are attacked by what looks like a mutated alligator. Miles is able to avoid the attack and webs the alligator up.
The 2nd part of the story begins that night, as The Prowler breaks into a pharmaceutical lab and steals a reagent. Ultimatum contacts Prowler and tells him to meet him personally. Ultimatum has a bad feeling about the meet up. Prowler meets with Ultimatum and gives him the reagent. Ultimatum explains to Prowler that the multiverse is real and he has been there. Ultimatum explains that he has been to an alternate universe and has even robbed it. Ultimatum also explained that the experience altered his mind and muddied his memory of the experience. Ultimatum reveals that Prowler comes from the alternate universe. Ultimatum also reveals that Prowler shares the same energy signature as Spider-Man. Ultimatum knocks out Prowler and he explains that Spider-Man will be brought to him soon.
The day and night theme really fits this issue well. The day half of the issue is filled with positivity and optimism that Miles has finally turned the corner and found the perfect balance between being Spider-Man and being Miles Morales. Billie Morales is already showing development as her own character with all kinds of personality for a baby. I hope we continue to see more images of Miles web slinging with Billie web-strapped in many more issues. I can’t get enough of it. I wonder if that mutated alligator means something for the future of Miles’ web slinging adventures, or if it was just something Saladin Ahmed placed in the book a minor roadblock for Miles to overcome.
The half of this issue that takes place at night calls back to the previous issues of this book with The Prowler running errands for Ultimatum. It looks like we will be getting a payoff as we will find out what Ultimatum was doing in the Ultimate universe and what his plans are for Miles and his Uncle Aaron. What does the Ultimate universe have to do with Ultimatum’s plans for Brooklyn?
While Javier Garrón is missed, Cory Smith does an admirable job this issue. Smith puts a nice touch on this issue by changing up his art style very subtlety between the day section and night section. The day section is very bright and breezy. The art matches Ahmed’s story of a brother and sister bonding for the first time. The night section is darker and brooding, which suits Prowler’s adventures running errands for Ultimatum. Credit also goes to colorist David Curiel for matching Smith’s vision for the art in this issue.