Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Szymon Kudransk
Color Artist: Justin Ponsor
Miles Morales is a character very near and dear to my heart. Both of us being Biracial, I felt an instant connection with this young man when he was created back in 2011 and he has become my favorite Spider-man of all time. Which may be hard for some people to grasp. The possibility of anyone liking a different Spider-man over Peter Parker is just horrible right? No. Miles is a character that has done wonders for the mantle of the wall crawler and now is at a point where he has to basically be the more street level hero while Peter is the one fighting extraordinary threats. Now with a very forced crossover with Spider-Gwen out of the way (not worth the time to explain other than Miles went dimension hoping to save his father) we can begin where Civil War II ended and continue the adventures of the once Ultimate Spider-man.
The story is one of reveals. Miles and his father are on there way home after a fun trip through the multiverse. They have a pretty cool moment talking about how Miles is a teenager and he’s gonna be getting more involved with girls so him getting involved with Spider-Gwen wasn’t a bad thing…HA Bendis thinks he’s funny. Anyway they arrive home where they find out that Rio Morales, Miles’s mom, has discovered not only his Web Fluid formula, but his father’s S.H.I.E.L.D phone. Demanding answers from the two men, they reveal to her that Miles is Spider-man, and that Jefferson has resumed his secret agent work so he could monitor his son. She’s crushed. Her whole life is a lie. It’s honestly heartbreaking. Like forget the cheesy cover of the comic where Rio is crying with Miles’s mask in her hand, it’s emotional. She now has to lie to the whole world when she has been lied to herself. It’s that cliche of being cursed if you tell your secret identity cursed if you don’t but it’s done so well that it feels natural. The comic ends with Miles going back to school and telling his friends about his journey, and his father being terminated from S.H.I.E.L.D.
Spider-man issue 15 is very well written. Brian Michael Bendis has a habit of writing characters he creates passionately but barely caring when he writes characters he hasn’t. So this entire series has been very well done besides the past crossover. The emotional moments of this issue make up for the fact that there isn’t any action in this issue other than a throwaway “Thwip”.
The art is very noticeably different that we don’t have Miles Morales Co-Creator Sara Pichelli, but that isn’t a bad thing. Szymon Kudransk is filling in as artist but his art is very well done. This issue is very dark and emotionally driven so his style is very well appreciated. I found out that he does art for Spawn which makes perfect sense for his artistry.
This isn’t much of a new beginning but more of an epilogue to the “Sittin in a tree” crossover that just occurred, but it’s so well done that I really wanted to begin my review series with this issue because of how well it does it’s job of storytelling. It’s not essential to read this issue before #16, but I highly recommend it.