Review: Spider-Man (2016) #240, the hospital stay


Spider-Man #240 marks the end of Brian Michael Bendis working on the character he created back in 2011. Check out our review of his final issue.

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Oscar Bazaldua
Colors: Laura Martin with Matt Milla and Peter Pantazis (for J-Po)
Final page art: Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor
Lettering: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover art: David Marquez and Justin Ponsor

Spider-Man #240 marks the final issue of the run by Brian Michael Bendis. His work with Miles Morales has been a great addition to Marvel and we’ve seen the character expand into the animated universe on the small screen and soon to be on the big screen. Bendis has a nice letter at the end of the issue that everyone should take the time to read.

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While Miles has only been around since 2011, Bendis has been writing Spider-Man for 18 years. He’s had a wonderful run, to say the least. What he does with Miles in this final issue is interesting, too. Miles is laid up in the hospital the whole time, but we still see his personality shine.

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When Miles went over the edge of the Helicarrier in the previous issue, we were left not knowing what happened. However, he was saved and this issue shows him making his way through recovering from an infection. Claire Temple makes an appearance, as does Tony Stark, and they both are willing to do whatever they can to get him back to normal.

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You might think that Bendis would wrap things up nicely, but he still leaves us with some mystery at the end, which I love. Maybe this means we’ll be seeing more of Miles with a new creative team. His parents have something to tell him and he needs to meet with someone, but we don’t see who he needs to meet with or why. It’s a clever way to leave us wanting more. The final page is a nice moment of Miles and Ganke at the movies, which shows their friendship in one image.

A. . Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua. . Spider-Man #240

Overall, Bendis has accomplished something great with Miles Morales. Marvel knows that they have something good going with this character and I fully expect them to keep him around. I look forward to who will take over the mantle and give the character some new adventures.