Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is the start of a new series published by Marvel Comics, written by Cody Ziglar, art by Federico Vicentini, colours by Bryan Valenza, and letters by Cory Petit. Miles is struggling with the weight of all of the different aspects of his life, from Spider-Man to his school and social life.
This opening issue has a brilliant plot that encapsulates everything about this young hero. It sets up many story threads at the same time—all things that will clearly come back to give Miles trouble later in the series. However, it is not necessary at all to have read the previous run, with it quickly summed up throughout the comic. The exposition isn’t huge, often done visually or just with a quick caption.
The structure of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 may seem formulaic for this style of comic, but it is effective. There is a long and brilliant battle between Spider-Man and an old foe, an energetic conflict that ends with the ongoing superhero ban taking effect. But the comic also features a clever start to what will be an extensive story that is unexpected until the final part of the issue.
Ziglar writes an incredible Miles Morales. Whilst he has his supporting cast make an appearance, this first issue places a lot of emphasis on the young web-slinger. It shows a huge variety on his personality as he is growing and maturing. Miles carries that enthusiasm when he’s in the costume. Then there is the vulnerable teenager who needs guidance from adults. But what seemed different in this series is darkness starting to form inside him. He snaps at figures pushing against him, hinting at his stress. The narration in the caption boxes is terrific and constantly in character. His last action of the chapter is frightening for such a likeable hero; just the beginning of something that will only increase in intensity.
The art is a perfect fit for this particular character. I have always adored Miles’ look, as he is presented as so much smaller than other heroes may be. Even close up, he is spindly and often perched strangely, with Vicentini adding an angular nature to his mask and joints. There is also a redesign for the villain that is amazing, looking both cool and dangerous. The fight is excellent, filled with movement and incredible choreography. Every character, including civilians, has unique designs that grant them excellent individuality.
The colours are terrific. Miles’ costume may be the greatest there is. Part of that is due to the striking colour scheme that stands out in every single panel. There is a realism to the palette for this comic paired with a vibrancy for the uniforms of each costumed character. The lettering is always easy to read.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is an excellent new start. It feels like a continuation of a progressing tale and also the beginning of a different take on the hero. Ziglar’s approach to Miles features a lot of depth that branches into various possible directions. It demonstrates an evolution in the characters whilst also keeping that spirit and voice that makes him so loveable. The art is exciting and dynamic and fills the issue with youthful fun.
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Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 is an excellent new start. It feels like a continuation of a progressing tale and also the beginning of a different take on the hero. Ziglar’s approach to Miles features a lot of depth that branches into various possible directions.