Sunday, 18 February 2018

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Volume 2 Review (Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli)

Though he’s only been Spider-Man for a New York minute, Miles Morales’ secret is already out – his uncle Aaron knows that he’s the new webslinger! But the unmasking and secret-identity-reveals doesn’t stop there as Miles discovers his uncle Aaron is the super-thief, the Prowler! The question is: what will shady Uncle Prowler do with this valuable intel…?

Brian Bendis serves up a great sequel with Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume 2. My one critique is a familiar one for Bendis: the story’s pacing is damn near glacial! Aside from Prowler finding out Spider-Man’s secret identity, nowt much else happens in this book. Miles gets to grips with his new powers and the rest of the cast is introduced from the big bad to supporting characters like Captain Quaid of the NYPD. Bendis gives way too much space to what is basically just table-setting.

That said, it’s undeniably well-written, even entertaining at times (though the obligatory villain fights were predictably monotonous – Omega Red? The Ringer?? Yawn), so I didn’t mind all the wheel-spinning too much. And this book has a stunning line-up of A-list artistic talent: joining Sara Pichelli are Chris Samnee and David Marquez. It’s a helluva good-looking comic – very slick, very shiny, as you’d expect for a top tier character like this.

The second Miles Morales Spidey book was a bit slow for my taste but I still enjoyed it a lot for the most part – Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man continues to be an impressively accomplished title.

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