“Nobody Wins When The Family Feuds” (Miles Morales: Spider-Man #12 Comic Review)
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #12 Comic Review
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Javier Garrón
Colorists: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Ken Lashley & David Curiel
Variant Cover: Lee Garbett
“Nobody Wins When The Family Feuds”
What You Need To Know
Miles’ Uncle Aaron is back in the Prowler suit repaying his debt for using it to save Miles. Miles is caught between reuniting with his uncle and saving the crime boss that is in The Prowler’s crosshairs. Will Miles be able to settle this family dispute so he can resume his hunt for Ultimatum?
What Just Happened
This issue picks up right where last issue left off with Miles confronting his Uncle Aaron. Miles asks why Aaron is about to shoot the crime boss Miles has been tracking. Aaron states he is back in the Prowler suit to repay his debt for using the suit to save Miles. Miles vows to stop Aaron from using the Prowler suit to kill the crime boss, which leads to a fight between Miles and Aaron. Aaron uses the fact he taught Miles how to fight to get the upper hand.
The Maggia notice Miles and Aaron fighting and send Man Mountain Marko to attack them thinking they work for Ultimatum. Miles runs out of web fluid during the fight. Aaron kicks Marko off the roof before he can harm Miles.
Aaron informs Miles that because he botched a job there will be consequences. Aaron calls Ceres and informs her that he botched the job. Ceres states that there is a bounty on his head but if he can get to her in Red Hook she can maybe work out an arrangement with Ultimatum. Aaron notes the difficulty of meeting her due to the fact his suit is damaged and Miles ran out of web fluid with a host of assassins between them and Red Hook.
The hunt for Ultimatum takes a backseat this issue to a new yet familiar conflict between Miles and his Uncle Aaron. Aaron is in the Prowler suit again, but he has a noble reason to be back in the life of crime and that reason is Miles himself. Despite Miles knowing his uncle condemned himself to a life of crime to save Miles, that Spider-Man sense of responsibility crept up on Miles again. This sense of responsibility leads Miles to oppose his uncle, even though Miles is the reason Aaron is the Prowler armor in the first place. The fight between Miles and his uncle is more of a sparring contest than an actual battle because both sides don’t want to hurt the other. Ahmed utilizing culturally competent dialogue between Miles and Aaron, with Aaron stating that he taught Miles how to fight and therefore he can’t really hurt him. Many children in Black/Latinx families are raised by the family “village”, not just their parents and Ahmed utilizes that cultural aspect with Miles and Aaron.
It was pretty cool to see an OG Spider-Man villain back in action, Man Mountain Marko. While Marko is more of a C-List villain, Javier Garrón’s art makes him look larger than life. I’m very excited to see what Ahmed has in store for the next issue of this book. Miles and Aaron are going to have to John Wick their way to Red Hook through a horde of assassins looking to collect the bounty on Aaron’s head. I can’t wait to read that issue.
Speaking of the art in this issue, Garrón’s return to this book is welcomed. The panels illustrating the dispute between Miles and Aaron are packed with so much detail; you can see the tension in the body language on Miles and his uncle. Garrón illustrates a fun free for all between Miles, Aaron, and Marko as well. While the stakes aren’t high in this battle, the art showcases it as a fun battle.
Summary The philosophical differences between Miles and his uncle rears its ugly head again, but this time, Aaron’s reasons for getting back in the game are for the greater good. Miles however does not see the gray area in right and wrong and vows to stop his uncle regardless. Now Miles and his uncle have a target squarely on their back that Aaron may not be able to hustle his way out of.