Review: Miles Morales: Spider-Man No. 1 starts anew


Miles Morales is back in a new solo series that acts as a great jumping on point for the character with a few new differences.

While Miles Morales has been hanging around in Spider-Geddon, he didn’t have a new solo series right away when Brian Michael Bendis made his move over to DC. Miles is one of those characters that instantly drew me in once I finally got around to reading the initial run he appeared in. While he looks up to Peter Parker, he’s charismatic in his own way that doesn’t make him seem just like Peter.

Saladin Ahmed was given the chance to carry the torch upon Bendis departing and based on this first issue, it looks like we’re in for a treat. Ahmed’s writing gives fans an excellent jumping on point if they want to get to know Miles. Pair that with the art from Javier Garrón (plus colors from David Curiel) and this book has the tone nailed down.

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The story gives us a lot of background information on Miles. We learn what things are like with his parents, who his close friends are, who he’s dating and how he handles being a hero. It’s a lot to take in, but the pacing of the story spreads it throughout the issue.

I’m just excited to have Miles back with a solo series because he’s a character who has so much to offer. He doesn’t come from the same place that Peter Parker does, so it’s a whole set of different circumstances and it allows for us to see a different part of New York through a different lens.

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While the issue is largely set up for what stories are to come, I think it does a nice job with it. You don’t feel overwhelmed and it’s a very informative issue. Plus, there’s the cliffhanger that will lead us into the first big problem that Miles has to face. I just want to know what comes next already, but I’ll just have to wait until next year for that.

Grade: A-