New to the shelves is a classic that everyone will enjoy, Spider-Man! But this time, it’s not your everyday Peter Parker. Instead, we follow the newest friendly neighborhood Spider-Man protecting the streets of New York, Miles Morales. Being Spider-Man and a high school student at the same time can’t be that hard… right? Find out in the newest series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1!
High School, Journals, & Crime; Oh My!
Coming straight from New York to bookshelves near you, Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 starts as any Spider-Man comic would. Written by Saladin Ahmed and drawn by Javier Garrón, we join Miles Morales, a high school student, swinging through New York. We are introduced to him through a journal he currently is keeping for a class he is attending at school. To sum up, the journal introduces his backstory quickly.
After that, Miles continues to tell us about his relationship with the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker. When it came to Miles’ family, they eventually found out about his secret identity. Instead of barring him from saving the day throughout the city, they supported him and his endeavors. One day while swinging around New York, he heard a burglar alarm go off in a building nearby. Going to investigate, he found people in strange suits robbing a building of large electronic components whose purpose we don’t know yet. Before he could wrap up the crime scene, he was suddenly charged by The Rhino!
After a lengthy fight with no success on Miles’ part, The Rhino reveals that he was never after Spider-Man in the first place. He was after the burglars who were making their quick escape while they fought. With ease, Miles caught their truck before they could get away and was surprised by their quick surrender. No further fighting, no arguing, no weapons. In other words, something wasn’t right here. Who are the people behind the masked robbers? What is their goal? Furthermore, is The Rhino working with Spider-Man now?
Stuck In The Web Yet?
Alright, Web-Heads, if you like the original Peter Parker Spider-Man but you’re looking for someone to relate to again, Miles Morales will quickly become your new favorite Spider-Man!
For Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1, we start off learning that this new Spider-Man is much younger than the current Spider-Man of this universe. With this new story about a beloved superhero, the younger audience reading once again has a hero they can relate to.
A Timely Issue To Tackle For Miles Morales
As this comic continues, we learn that Miles’ mother is an immigrant to America. While she arrived in the states legally, she expresses her concern for those immigrant children who are taken away from their parents at the border. But the talk about immigration does not stop there. Soon after, in the comic, Miles meets up with a friend of his, Barbara, and her younger cousin, Eduardo. Barbara said that Eduardo’s father had just been deported the month before and that his mother was struggling to get citizenship for all of them.
Why focus so heavily on this immigration factor? First, the comic’s focus seems to be heavily based on the topic of immigration. After Spider-Man and The Rhino’s fight when they secure the car the robbers escaped in, Mile’s takes off the helmet of one of the robbers. What he found was not what he was expecting; Barbara’s little cousin! It’s obvious he’s brainwashed, but how did he get there?
This could certainly be something relating to the immigration factor. These people in the suits that Spider-Man stops could all possibly be immigrant children, but this is just a hypothesis. Until the next issue of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is released, one can only guess what Marvel will have in store for the reader.
The Art Of Web-Shooting
The art in this issue of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is very reminiscent of the modern-day Peter Parker Spider-Man issues. The comic, colored by David Curiel, is very colorful and engaging but isn’t too intense for the reader to go through.
The color themes chosen truly immerse the reader into the story and at no point distract from what is really occurring within the universe. The characters throughout the comic are easy to identify and have their own uniqueness as well, making the issue easy to read.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1: A Definite Catch Or A Hard Pass?
All in all, Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is an astounding comic that keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting and wanting more. Not only is Miles a great character for young readers to relate to, he also brings the action and humor that anyone reading a Spider-Man comic wants to enjoy.
If you loved the original Spider-Man comics or you’re looking for a superhero that you feel like you can relate to, Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is the proper comic for you. Finally, I will leave you with a question to think about until the next issue is released:
Would you work with The Rhino to save someone you know?