Spider-Man #9 Review

Posted November 18, 2016 by John Patterson in Comic Books

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis

Art by: Nico Leon, Marte Garcia, Sara Pichelli, Jason Keith, Nicholas

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Spider-man #9 is less about Spider-man and more about his amazing friends. Well his amazing friends and Ganke. Miles doesn’t show up until the end of the book and the rest of the book is about his friends and family searching for him. The book ties heavily into the Civil War II main story line, more than any past Spider-Man tie in books have. This book tells us the story about the days that go by during the last few pages of Civil War II #6. Ulysses has had a vision about Spider-Man and now everyone is looking for him but Miles has disappeared without a trace.

As stated above the book focuses more on Miles’s friends and family. Ganke contacts Danika Hart, the girl who we’ve seen previously as Miles’s biggest fan, to inform her of Spider-Man’s disappearance. She agrees to help him and posts a video on MeTube about his disappearance. They then go on the roof to see if they can see him swinging by and talk briefly about how Miles is who he is because of Ganke. This allows us to get to know Danika a bit more and fleshes her out as a real person and not just a fan vlogger who obsesses over Spider-Man. It made me want to see more of her in the future and I’d love it if she was added to the little Miles support group he’s got going on.

We see Ganke using his brain again in this book. He doesn’t have superpowers or the platform to get the word out so he does what he can. He finds someone who does have the platform and gets them to use it. It reinforces that Ganke will do everything he can for his friend. It does make me wish Ganke would do a little bit more when Miles is out and about doing his superhero thing. Ganke is usually there to hear Miles react to the things going on around him and is used, sometimes, only as a tool for us to get inside of Miles’s head. I remember in some of Miles’s earlier comics, Ganke was a bit more of technical support. He would help him with web fluid and kept him up to date as to what’s been going on. I feel like that element of Ganke has been lost a bit in recent comics.

We also get to see a bit of Miles’s dad, Jefferson, being an agent of SHIELD, which was a storyline I, personally, forgot all about so it was nice of Bendis to tie that back in. It’s fun to see Jefferson dealing with his son’s superhero antics. Him walking into his home to find Ms. Marvel and Nova bickering over Miles’s laptop password was a great moment. And seeing him storm in a SHIELD facility and mouth off to Maria Hill was awesome and kind of B.A. We really see how much he loves his son and how far Jefferson is willing to go to protect Miles.  Here’s to hoping we get to see more of him dealing with SHIELD, and possibly more of him sassing Maria Hill.

We see a little bit of Goldballs and Bombshell searching for Miles but the scene is mainly them commenting on Goldballs’ name and doesn’t really add much to he story. It seems a bit out of place, as if they’re only there to fill pages. The book also relies heavily on the assumption that you’re currently reading the Civil War II main story, as stated above, more so than any other Spider-Man tie in book has. It relies on it to the point where someone who has not been reading the Civil War II main story might get lost reading this. It is explained what has happened to an extant but not adequately, in my opinion. But it is a nice extra little nugget to those who are reading the main Civil War II story line.

Overall Spider-Man #9 is enjoyable. It lets the friends and family of Spider-Man shine rather than Spider-man himself. It shows you the amount of love and support he gets from his family and that he’s got a strong group surrounding him, whether they have powers or not. Some elements felt out of place and the book expects you to have read the main Civil War II storyline which could be frustrating to those who are not reading Civil War II or are holding off for the trade. But, again, overall it’s a nice little addition to the Civil War sequel.

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