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Book Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-man, Volume 1

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis - Volume 1 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis - Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Following the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Miles Morales took over as Spider-man for the Ultimate Universe. I had little interest at the time, but hearing that Miles will be in the all-new universe, I decided to give the book a try.

This book collects Issues 1-5 of Ultimate Comics Spider-man and Ultimate Comics Fall Out #4. The story covers Miles getting spider powers and how he became Spider-man after Peter Parker was killed.

Overall, I think the story is compelling. Miles has a very emotional beginning, a charter school lottery that he wins. We see the dynamics of his family, friends, and school. His first try at using Spider powers and why he decides to let them lie dormant until Peter Parker is killed. His attempts at becoming Spider-man with him wearing a costume rental version of the original suit that everyone considers in poor taste. It's a way for people in the fictional world to offer thoughts similar to what some people in the real world and that's a nice touch.

The main faults of the story can come to how you feel about writer Brian Michael Benedis' style and use of decompression. There is a ton of dialogue in this story, with pages full of people talking and the result is a story that seems to crawl at times. Also, I really thought that having images of Miles in his new Spider Suit on Issues 1-5 spoiled the actual reveal of the costume. The little bit from Ultimate Comics Fall Out also didn't seem to do much.

Still, Bendis succeed in getting us to care about a character replacing Peter Parker as Spider-man. Whichever Marvel Universe that is in, that's an achievement and I look forward to reading more.



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Published on August 16, 2015 23:26 Tags: miles-morales, spider-man

Book Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-man, Volume 2

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.2 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.2 by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Ultimate Comics Spider-man Issues 6-10 and sees Miles continue to learn about his powers while his uncle Aaron (The Prowler) battles the Scorpion. There are very few battles in this story. The Scorpion, a far more scary and imposing villain than why you saw in the 616 Universe makes his presence known and battles the Prowler, while Miles has a battle with Omega Red who (while not a top tier baddy) is still a challenge.

Mostly the book is about Miles still developing as Spider-man. I like the idea of him watching "YouTube" videos (or the overly sensitive trademark generic version they use here.) Still, being a Brian Michael Bendis story, you have to brace for a lot of text and lengthy conversations, which is quite unusual, and I really wished it'd been a bit less.

Still, I'm enjoying the character and liking the direction of the book, only I wish it wasn't so talky sometimes.



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Published on September 14, 2015 19:47 Tags: miles-morales, spider-man

Book Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Volume 4

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Volume 4 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Fourth volume of Miles Morales finds Miles facing off against Venom who is determined to find the new Spider-man and is convinced that it's Miles da. The story presents a real crisis for Miles and ends in a really powerful and different, "Spider-man no more moment, " while also questioning who he can trust.

At the same point, one thing that really makes this compelling is the portrayal of J Jonah Jameson who is a bit more cautious about endangering the new Spider-man and has definitely impacted by his experience of what happened to Peter Parker. I never read Ultimate Spider-man during the Parker era, but this book makes me very curious about it.

Overall, the villain fight is a decent even if it takes a long time to start, there are definite consequences that will play out in the next book, and there are some great characters moments as well.



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Published on September 01, 2016 00:13 Tags: miles-morales, spider-man

Book Review: ultimate Comics Spider-man Volume 5

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 5 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 5 by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 28-33 of Ultimate Comics Spider-man and is set one year after the previous volume as Miles Morales has been out of action for a year following the death of his mother in the previous volume. Meanwhile, some teenagers who have received amazing powers as result of illegal experiment are being unleashed on the city.

The story is generally good, but it's not without problems. The biggest is in the "Spider-man No More" storyline. Miles is incredibly surly to everyone who is even gently trying to get him back into the Superhero game or in general. While aging the character a year is a good thing, I think that this year of not being Spider-man almost makes him seem too passive and even what gets him back into being Spider-man is less a de, cision and more something he's pushed into. I also think there are far too many people hassling him about it at once. It's repetitive and what's worse, we don't really get to see Miles thought process because we're just hearing everyone trying to push.

However, once we get past that, and to Jessica Drew's plot, there's a lot to like as we meet young people with superpowers. We learn their back stories and they're interesting people who don't react in ways that are typical of comic books. And then everything is set up for all sorts of awesomeness to break forth in Issue 33, which it does.

SO, while this book is probably the weakest of the five volumes, once the main storyline really gets started, it really is another solid read.



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Published on February 09, 2017 22:16 Tags: miles-morales, spider-man

Book Review: Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Book 3

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Book 3 Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Book 3 by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Miles Morales deals with Cataclysm, the seeming return of Peter Parker and Green Goblin, learns his dad's backstory, and reveals his secret identity to someone close to him and faces the consequences.

The plot isn't groundbreaking, but the artwork is solid even beautiful at times. The art on the big battle against Green Goblin is epic and the entire book is pleasing to look at, even though the artist chooses some boring blank backgrounds at times

The characters also make this a winner. Characters like Ultimate J Jonah Jamison, Maria Hill, and Cloak and Dagger make the book lively and entertaining. The return of Peter Parker also serves to provide some good human drama.

My big complaint about the story is that some questions, particularly about the seeming return of Peter Parker aren't answered, and Bendis' dialogues goes overboard (as Bendis is apt to do.) Still, this is a worthwhile read to wrap up Miles' as the Ultimate Spider-man.



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Published on March 06, 2018 16:51 Tags: miles-morales, spider-man

Book Review: Miles Morales Spider-man, Volume 1

Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1 Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Miles Morales is in the mainstream Marvel Universe now, and this first book features the first five issues of his solo series and integrates him into the 616-Marvel continuity.

In this book, Miles fights a Demon and has the original Spidey questioning whether he can use the name Spider-man. Then, he's kidnapped but the new ruler of the Underworld in New York, Black Cat. In a way that's very reminiscent of the original Spider-man dealt with personal problems while also fighting crimes, Miles has to deal with his mom being so concerned about his grades that she's concluded he's using drugs and called in his very strict grandma who complicates his superhero career. Also his best friend Gangke reveals his secret identity to a former X-men who came to the school.

The book works, with a few nice battles, but also sets up some compelling plot points that hopefully will be answered in the course of the series. It's very entertaining for the most part. My only complaint was that teh book had a few Ultimate Spider-man TV show style flashback with a silly cartoonish looking Spidey. Less of that. But other than that, this is a solid book that left me wanting more.



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Published on October 28, 2018 23:50 Tags: miles-morales, spider-man

Book Review: Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 2

Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 2 Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Mostly the book features tie-in issues to Civil War II with the final issue being about Mile's dad working for S.H.I.E.L.D.

The tie-in stuff is handled well for the most part. I never felt lost or confused because I hadn't read Civil War II. The book also gets some important reactions from Miles to some of the events that happened which makes sense given the effect on him.

However, the book's fault some of the conversations are unnecessary and practically interminable in order to ensure nothing actually happens in the book. There's one conversation between Miles and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage that's particularly tedious.

Overall, the book is okay for what it is, but what it is is a padded story that focused on dialogue rather than action.



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Published on August 21, 2019 23:01 Tags: miles-morales, spider-man

Book Review: Spider-man: Miles Morales, Vol. 3

Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 3 Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 3 by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects seven issues of Miles Morales' Spider-man. The first half of the book features Miles' mother learning about his secret identity. I thought his mom's reaction to this was very realistic and had a nice human element to the story. This also leads into a teen hero facing off against Hammerhead and then Miles coming after him. Bendis put some thought into Hammerhead and the complexity of organized crime fighting heroes in the Marvel universe. All the other supporting characters are very well-written and characterized.

Then the book takes an odd swing with Miles going off to Japan in an effort to find himself. The story is interesting for what it does, sets up a big battle as well as a potential future for Miles that I'm not necessarily thrilled with. Still, this is a solid collection.



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Published on January 25, 2021 23:49 Tags: brian-michael-bendis, miles-morales

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