HELLO LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
Say hello to a new feature that I’m testing out on my blog. For a while now, I have been able to sneak into my schedule a lot of digitized comic book reading thanks to my library and started wondering how I could share it all with you guys without having to do a full review. Here’s my solution. 🧐
I will try to occasionally (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, who knows) publish this feature and present a couple of quick thoughts on anything that isn’t a physical book that I own; which essentially means ebooks, comic books, TV series or movies. 😳
Feel free to share your thoughts on the things featured here or even on the feature itself so I can adapt and make this as interesting as possible! 😁
Anything presented in this feature doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t get a full-review treatment in the future. That will entirely depend on how much I loved it, how interested you are in hearing more on it, and how much I have to still say about it! 🤣
Without further ado, here we go!
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Vol. 1) by Brian Michael Bendis.
A thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Miles Morales as he attempts to juggle superhero’ing with school work. With countless other heroes to look up to, including the one who created a legacy under the name of Spider-Man, he now finds himself at the heart of the action with countless others seeing in him a problem for society.
With this series, writer Brian Michael Bendis looks to insert Miles Morales within multiple sub-plots that connect him to other heroes in the Marvel universe and he does a good job in teasing those story-arcs without giving us too much.
Inevitably, he also inserts some social commentary on prominent and omnipresent issues about representation (race, weight, etc.) and succeeds in exposing them without getting preachy. Miles Morales’ own understanding of these matters thus matches that of a teenager still going through a certain learning curve.
Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis.
I like the idea of exploring predictive policing within the superhero universe. That is one way to get a divisive crowd and get things riling up between one another. After all, ideologies have always been at the heart of heated confrontations, if not war.
While it had an interesting guideline throughout the whole story, with the arrival of Ulysses, the Inhuman who can see a future, emphasis on “a”, I can’t say that it all developed properly. There were multiple subplots that were simply teased and left out while others were rushed into without a satisfying execution.
There are some truly significant moments throughout this story, including major deaths, but I feel like the actual civil war battle sequences weren’t properly justified. I mean, come on, all those who were implicated should know what war could do to themselves and others. But the worse of all this is Captain Marvel’s characterization that further envenomed my vision of her character. Nothing she did or thought made me question my stance on the dilemma at hand. She simply ended up being in the one camp that would get the most fire from others.
At least the artwork was fantastic. It had a drop in quality at certain moments, especially that one sequence with splash pages with no dialogue, but everything remained strong from start to finish.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Vol. 2) by Brian Michael Bendis.
I’m a bit disappointed that the Civil War II event had to take over the narrative in this one, drifting away from the narrative of the first volume a little bit to turn the focus on a new story while also trying to build on some of the threads presented previously.
With that being said, there are some fun moments spread out in the volume but everything felt choppy, like different stories being glued together without a guideline. It was interesting that Brian Michael Bendis gave so much focus on Miles Morales’s father and his secret but it also pushed the protagonist all the way behind the scene.
The artwork remains stellar and a thrill to gaze at but there are moments where the transition feels wrong, missing pieces between panels or even pages to help the reader understand how things evolve.
Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting In A Tree (Vol. 2.5) by Brian Michael Bendis.
Ths is a quick little crossover event post-Civil War II that gives us a glimpse into the multidimensional universe that is so crucial to Miles Morales’s life. The story continues the sub-plot regarding his father and the secret mission he was sent off to do but also explores the romantic relationship between Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen.
This is cute in its own way but the choppy story sometimes gets in the way. Besides the romance that is teased here, fans of the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) movie can rejoice in seeing those unique universes, as well as those unique iterations of Spider-Man, throughout this story.
The artwork varies greatly throughout the story but fits with the constant dimension-jumping that occurs. If anything it remains a background attraction.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Vol. 3) by Brian Michael Bendis.
Set after the interdimensional adventure with Spider-Woman and the Civil War II event, Miles Morales and his father now share an intimate moment to discuss the importance of the truth and the pain that lies can cause. This ultimately pushes the narrative to focus around the relationship around multiple characters, including the one between Miles and his mother.
The story jumps around a bit too much too fast in this one, often feeling very choppy, again, throughout the same chapter. There’s a lot of inconsistency and a lack of focus that perverts the overall tone of the story-arc too. It is still worth noting that it is interesting to see how writer Brian Michael Bendis explores Miles Morales’s emotions throughout these events and how he makes him deal with them with a certain maturity.
I won’t lie that I had issues with the occasional change in artwork that made this far less appealing than what the first volume had to offer.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Vol. 4) by Brian Michael Bendis.
The final story-arc by the co-creator of Miles Morales, Brian Michael Bendis, and, boy, oh boy, did it feel like it was all over the place. What he tried to do in the first volume felt like one thing and things never felt polished as he continued on to this final adventure.
There’s a lot of sub-plots here but the most important one gravitates around Miles Morales desire to steer away from the Spider-Man name and become something because of who he is and not because of the whole mythos attached to his superhero persona.
This volume also brings back an important character in Miles Morales’s life and spins an odd story around him that could be summarized as an origin story to a new Sinister Six.
The ending was too easy but I guess you could say that it was entertaining for what it was. The epilogue chapter also opened the door to a new story but it remains to be seen where that will go.