Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #2 (review) Spoilers


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artists: Dave Marquez

Colorist: Justin Ponsor

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover Artist: Dave Marquez and Justin Ponsor

Assistant Editor: Emily Shaw

Editor: Mark Paniccia

Plot:“Peter Parker” and Miles Morales quickly come to blows. Following the confrontation Miles arrives at the most obvious conclusion.

Thoughts:The cliffhanger at the end of the first issue left readers in a really great place. It led to some speculation, and we were all desperate to get back to the story to see how Miles would react to “Peter’s” return. Therefore I find Bendis’ choice to delay resolving that cliffhanger to be a bit irritating. We open this issue with three silent pages of Norman Osborn arriving at Osborn Industries and beginning a mysterious act with a canister of Ooze, sorry, I mean Oz. Not only is this the least interesting part of the issue, it is very poorly paced. I think if you skip the second page, the scene’s purpose remains the same. I like that Bendis is showing that Osborn is determined and scheming, but I did not appreciate the dead time watching Norman walk through his abandoned office. Had it been a moment for Norman to reflect on his past, I could have understood, but Norman is not affected by what he sees and it felt like padding.

imageFrom there however the issue is a lot more engaging. The scene between Miles and (for the sake of argument) Peter is filled with subtlety and character that it was a joy to read. Bendis has really established how Miles differs from Peter, and it shines here. Once again we see that Miles does have some anger issues, as his first reaction is to swear. He is very confused by this turn of events at lets it show. It’s great that Bendis has established Miles so well as a character, but what I thought Bendis did very well was Peter’s dialogue and behaviour. Bendis has written over 150 issues of Ultimate Peter Parker, and like Miles he is very established in my mind. This did not sound or feel like the Ultimate Peter Parker we are used to. While he has the look, that is were the similarity ends. It might be his hostility or aggression that gave him away, but honestly I think it was the lack of humour. Ultimate Peter has had some dark times, but I can’t remember a time he didn’t at least attempt a dumb joke. This was a greatly written scene between the two, but my favourite part was when Miles, once he has time to reflect, instantly arrived at the same conclusion as the reader. The panel where he calmly realises “clone” is rewarding to the reader and a strong hero moment for Miles. The lack of doubt coupled with the simplicity of the panel really sell the moment.

imageThis brings us nicely to Dave Marquez. I believe he’s leaving this series after the first arc to work with Bendis on another title, and this book will suffer for it. I don’t know if his replacement has been announced but I believe Marquez was born to draw this book. I never really connected with Miles until Marquez begun to draw him, and since then he has taken the character design and made it his own. Despite never having drawn Ultimate Peter Parker before, he got the likeness down exactly. I dare say he even improved on it, and make the hair cut believable. It looked like a hair cut a real person could have. However character design, and subtle moments like the clone realisation are not Marquez’ only strengths. The first scenes between the Miles and Peter, and the Spider-Twins were dynamic as well. The panel were Peter throws his final punch had depth and felt powerful.

Grade-B: I really did enjoy this issue, and felt it improved on issue #1. It’s down fall was the opening scene, and the wasted page of Miles shouting “clone” a number of times as the original panel was enough. However apart from some Bendis-style padding the dialogue, plot and art are all working together and makes this a must read book.


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(7) Comments

  1. Javi Trujillo

    My kids died laughing every time Miles said "clone". And the "acting" that Marquez brings to his characters continues to impress! His facial expressions are some of the best, IMO. The cliffhanger had us on the edge of our seats, too.

  2. PeterParkerfan

    If Peter returns for REAL, they need to let Mark Bagly draw the comics. His art is the best when it comes to Ultimate Spider-Man. Although I doubt they'd bring Peter back from dead.

  3. ryan3178

    I enjoyed the issue and Miles venom blasting "Peter" showed it wasn't the Chameleon. Since he did not revert to his regular form after the initial fight. Not to mention that Peter just made a run for it after he knocked Miles out. The entire "Spider-Man Twins" just bothered me as I mentioned in my own review. They don't look a thing like Spider-Man, are not using webbing or showing any hints of a spider logo. I'm very interested in the villains, who they are and what they are doing but please. Have the people responding to the situation actually talk like people in this situation would. Instead they purposely saying: "Spider-Men" because its part of the plot about these Spider-Man imposters that are running around.

  4. irishfan

    fair point on it not feeling like peter but just a suggestion. This is miles title. If it is peter would he get top billing and the best lines?

  5. Adam S.

    I thought the plot points were a lot more interesting in this issue: What's Norman's plan? What's "Peter's" deal? What are the "Spider-Twins" looking for? I thought it was weird that the twins were referred to as being "Spider-Men" when they don't look like Spider-Man at all. @2: I remember reading around the time that the new Ultimate titles were announced a few months ago that Valerio Schiti was going to be alternating with Marquez on Ultimate Spider-Man.

  6. Chad P

    Where did you learn that Marquez is leaving the title? I haven't seen anything. Any word on a replacement?

  7. Scarlet Spider

    I enjoyed this issue alot. Bendis padding is working in his favor for once, because the slow pacing is building tension. Though Ganke seems a bit too relaxed for someone who just got told that Peter Parker may have returned from the grave. I think you're right about the lack of humour being a giveaway, that and Peter just breaking into Miles apartment. The aggression and somewhat rude attitude actually made me think that it was Peter for a while. Ultimate Peter was written as acting kind of bratty and confrontational when under pressure during the original USM run.

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