Introducing Miles Morales as our new protagonist to take over the moniker of the new Spiderman, he provides various similarities to Peter Parker, thus keeping in touch with the spirit of the source material.
Our origin begins as Mile’s parents hold him by the hand & skim through the typical New York crowds to get to a lottery being held, a lottery showing which kid will be picked to enroll in a special Charter school. With a stroke of luck, Mile’s number is picked; with a striker of bad luck, he is bitten by a radioactive spider that had been engineered to be similar to the spider that had bitten Peter Parker. After the discovery of his powers, Miles in no way wants to deal with the responsibilities that arrive from being a superhero or by being branded a mutant. All of that changes when Miles witnesses the death of Peter Parker during a heated fight with a super powered villain. With the help of his chubby Charter school friend, Miles is aided with a Spiderman Halloween costume & takes it to the streets. He feels he’s giving people hope, but instead finds that he’s been giving citizens confusion & suspicion.
Containing the first five issues in one volume, this Ultimate Spiderman collection isn’t a horrible title, but it isn’t the greatest one either. Sara Pichelli does a good job with the art as characters emote real emotion & movement in each still panel. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Brian Michael Bendis’ writing. It wasn’t the worst writing ever put to the comics page, but it lacks the ‘OOMPH’ that make first arcs the kind to lead both new & old fans stick around. The story raises many questions & the dialogue is clunky at times. Each issue felt rushed as each was worth 20 pages with very little dialogue & the first issue felt like an unsatisfying preview given at a comic convention.
If you’re looking for something different, new & exciting, this comic isn’t for you. If you have children & younger siblings who want to get into reading comics, then this book may be for them. The story is simple enough, the dialogue is easy to follow & nothing really game changing happens in this book. It’s comfort reading for the Spiderman fan & the kids, which really is a disappointment seeing how most people hyped the book so much.
Overall, it’s a comic for anyone looking for familiarity.