Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Miles Morales, The Ultimate Spider-man, is officially back in the swing of things as his new standalone series kicks off with a bang! Well known writer Brian Michael Bendis returns with his partner in crime David Marquez and are joined by Justin Ponsor to bring us a new story where Miles will encounter old as well as new enemies and face A LOT of inner turmoil. Come on and enjoy the ride!
The Ups: I have been waiting for this series to start for so long that I can almost hardly believe that it is finally here. Brian Michael Bendis returns with another extraordinary exposition that is sure to be a long and eventful Spider-man series. While Miles continues to worry about the whereabouts of his dad, he is also trying to balance being Spider-man and part of the Ultimates in a world where Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D are no longer present. Danger looms around every corner and Miles might have his hands full. My favorite thing about Bendis’s writing is he finds a perfect way to blend plot developments with character developments so as each one continues to progress neither is left behind or causes any confusion. Also Bendis in conjunction with Miles Morales artist alumn David Marquez work together to create strong emotional ties between the reader and the characters so that it feels more real and are much more relatable. The realism is further increased as Justin Ponsor uses his color work to emphasize Marquez’s pencil work and make the people seem to pop out of the page and have somewhat of a texture to them and a realistic feel.
The Downs: There was absolutely nothing wrong with the issue!
Overall: Aside from the fact that I am completely ecstatic about the return of Miles’ own series but what would keep any Marvel fan continuing to read this series is the sheer shock and awe that washed over me and will wash over you all too. When you lay your eyes on it, you’ll see what all the buzz is about. I have nothing but high hopes for this series and I know the team of Bendis, Marquez, and Ponsor will do it justice.
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