Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #1
By Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez
This issue is awesome. Let’s just get that out of the way. Is that really any shock? Books come and go, Marvel goes through periods of greatness and sloppiness, but Ultimate Spider-Man just keeps on being incredible. Miles is easily the best big two character of the past 20 years. That’s high praise, indeed. It’s also warranted.
Picking up where Cataclysm and Ultimate Spider-Man #200 left off, Miles finds himself in a very different place in life. Trying to be honest with a new girlfriend, one parent is dead and the other is missing, two mysterious villains tarnishing the Spider-Man name…that’s a lot to deal with. There’s also a classic baddie of Peter’s that’s about to cause some death and destruction. Knowing Bendis, Miles is going to be put through another gauntlet of terror. Even the last page is painful. Seriously, what the heck is going on with that last page? This is just business as usual for Bendis and Miles and fans wouldn’t want it any other way.
David Marquez has been drawing Ultimate Spidey for a while now. With several issues under his belt, he has slowly established that he’s the man for the job. Marquez has improved with every issue and now things are looking pretty darn great. Actually, he’s one of the best talents on the Marvel creative team. Currently, nobody is better at character facial expressions than this guy.
Even though this is a number one, Bendis and Marquez have just picked up where things have left off and the quality has not dropped one bit. New readers shouldn’t worry, though. This is also a nice point to jump on the bandwagon. There are so many questions left unanswered. Bendis will surely address everything and leave us in a complete state of shock. Bring it on, Bendis. Give us your best shot.