Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #12 Review

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Posted April 9, 2015 by Spencer Maxwell in Comic Books

Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: David Marquez

Ultimate Spider-Man receives a “finale” for the fourth time in order to tie into the upcoming Secret Wars crossover. Marvel is blending all of their continuities together, so this title has to be rebooted, retitled and renumbered once again. This change is only minutely bothersome (more so for completists), its only fault is forcing itself to fit into the upcoming event storyline.

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #12 shows us a captured Miles at the mercy of Doctor Doom and Hydra. His situation remains bleak as his allies have no way of finding him or are clued into his situation. What can a boy do against an army?

It’s rather evident that Brian Michael Bendis had to wrap up his story quickly in order to fit the character into Secret Wars. Many plot threads that have been building over the past year are left dangling. The deus ex machina of our protagonist’s new power is confusing as it does absolutely nothing to push the story forward, nor is it explained. The looming threat of the upcoming crossover event makes all the strife and tension that the character’s dealt with feel pointless as the world is about to be swept away.

Despite all that, Bendis does what he does best. Though the situation is dire, he uses the humor of the characters to bring levity. The back-and-forth is engagingly witty, and one of the main factors that makes it feel like a Spider-Man comic.

David Marquez illustrations are always detailed and dynamic. The characters faces are expressive and give depth to the character’s emotions. His scope of the Hydra base presents how powerful they are and how deep the criminal organization runs underneath our hero’s feet. Marquez’s action sequences have a strong sense of weight to each hit, and are perfectly short as to not overtake the dramatic moments.

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #12 is a rare disappointing entry into the franchise. The upcoming threat of Secret Wars at the end makes everything that has come recently feel fruitless. It would be nice to see the remaining plotlines expand and complete before it all disappears into the main continuity next month. The art, though powerful, does not have the strength to overcome the rushed script.


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Spencer Maxwell

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