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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #2 - Who is Miles Morales?

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Miles Morales accidentally got himself some crazy powers in the first issue of 'Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man,' how he deals with his newly acquired powers is revealed in the highly anticipated second issue.

If you read the first issue of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man then you know how the Ultimate Universe's new web-head got his powers; but how does he deal with the changes?

The Good

Half of writing an entertaining comic book is having a likeable character, which is exactly what the all new Ultimate Spider-Man is. If you read the first issue, you witnessed how Miles Morales obtained his all-new super powers; but it's the way that he deals with these new-found abilities that makes for such an interesting story. Writer Brian Michael Bendis takes us on a crazy ride as Morales runs through the city, trying to escape both his father and his fear of his newly acquired super-powers. As any young kid in grade-school his age; undergoing tremendous changes are a part of growing up -- but add super powers to the mix and you would be freaking out a little bit too.

Unlike a lot of the superheroes from Marvel's regular universe who are adults or on their way to becoming adults, Miles is a kid. It's not often that you see a kid headlining a superhero comic book, but you get that here. Not only is Miles a kid, but he's a smart, compassionate kid; something evident in his reaction to having obtained one of 3 seats in the Charter School his mother so desperately wanted to see him attend. Upon getting in (which we saw in the first issue,) we see Miles react rather unsure of himself; not knowing what to do about it. Feeling guilty for being lucky -- feeling like he didn't necessarily earn that spot. Those same sentiments are seen here in issue #2. He's very unsure of himself to begin with, but is even more-so now that he's been bestowed with some crazy powers.

Without giving too much away, this issue definitely serves to develop Miles' character a lot more. Not only do we get a look at the way his powers manifest (and how very different they are from Peter's powers), we get a look at how he deals with the changes in his life. Miles goes through more changes in one day than many people have to deal with in an entire week of their lives. You can feel his discomfort and uneasiness, and this adds a certain charm to the way his character is written here in the second issue.

With so many people making a big deal about Miles and the color of his skin, I want to point out that in general the amount of ethnic diversity in this issue is awesome. I mean, really really cool. Growing up in one of Manhattan's outer Burroughs I can recall having had friends of all different ethnic backgrounds; so it's great to see that Miles' best friend is Asian American. The dynamic between these two characters is simply adorable.

Two very important things to note in this issue:

  • A certain number pops up several times throughout, and it will be interesting to see it's significance.
  • The conversation between Miles and his father reveals that Miles may not be able to have real heart to hearts with his dear old dad.

Sara Pichelli's pencils once again knock it out of the park. Her understanding and execution of emotion and the way facial expressions aid in moving a story is brilliant --- some of the best scenes are close up shots of Miles' face. You can really see that the character is experiencing a tremendous amount of confusion and it's in large part due to Pichelli's interpretation of the character.

The Bad

This is a great way to kick off this week's comics! Nothing bad here.

The Verdict

If you're new to the Ultimate Universe and to Spider-Man then this is where you want to start. You may not necessarily need the previous issue, although I recommend it; it's equally on par with this one. Bendis is good at crafting a unique new character based on a timeless one; and I say I almost prefer Miles to Parker. At least so far. This issue is fun, and it might have to do with the fact that Morales is so young and fresh faced; everything is new for him. Pichelli's art is brilliant; each page will leave you in awe of her talent. The pacing is fantastic and the story is shaping up to be a lot of fun.

I admit, it's nice to read a good, clean comic book again.

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Wow, "nothing Bad here" ....I might have to check it out. I think  its always great when a new character dons the guise of a famous, established hero...if you couldn't tell by my avatar

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Wait a minute...the new Ultimate Spidey is African-American? 8 )

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I am interestedto see the the difference in power set is compared to Peter 

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Awesome!

I loved issue #1 and it sounds like this one will be good too.

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Edited By MetropolisKid41

So far I've been enjoying this.  
 
And on the Ultimate Spidey note, anyone by chance have an extra Death of Ultimate Spidey #160 blank variant they'd be willing to part with & sell me? 
 
If you do please PM me
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@Wattup said:

Wait a minute...the new Ultimate Spidey is African-American? 8 )

Old News man...

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That costume looks particularly tight. Wedgie-tight.

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woot!!!!!!!!!!

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@Deadcool: Certainly, he wasn't being sarcastic.

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@christopherwalken said:

That costume looks particularly tight. Wedgie-tight.

The type of costume only a preteen-early teenager could fit into. The Ultimate Universe as a whole has gotten pretty interesting since they actually killed Peter Parker. The New Spider-Man, X-Men, Ultimates, and Hawkeye have been pretty good reads so far.

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Great. I really enjoyed the first issue.

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Amazing! Great Review Sara!

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its funny I dont have to read the tag to see who wrote certain reviews, you guys are excellent at bringing your own voices into the reviews

"simply adorable" indeed lol

I really enjoyed the first issue and I think they made a fantastic choice to have some new powers manifest in Miles as well

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that cover is bad ass, I may need to add this to my pull list. 

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Sounds great, Im still trade waiting though.

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I'm so glad I pulled this! Thanks for a fabulous review. :D

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The first issue was a refreshing departure from how serious and death ridden the ultimate universe is. The new costume looks awesome and can't wait to see it in action. 
 
However I do think its a little too "clone-esque" for Miles to be at the same age as Peter when he got his powers (Miles might be a year younger actually). I think I would have preferred a Miles that was a junior or senior in high school who was feeling the pressures of getting into a great college after getting into the charter school and as he struggles to keep up and define himself into adulthood he gets superpowers as well. Its just a mild complaint given Spider-Man is now the baby superhero of the group again and it would have been nice to keep him on par with Kitty, Bobby, and some of the other junior heroes rather than younger than them. 
 
Can't wait to go pick up this issue. Great review.
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HAVE to read this!

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is it out?

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@ravisher: it will be this Wednesday, the 28th!

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wait so this is a bi-weekly series right? what about X-Men and Ultimates?

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I like this series so far, but I can't help but to feel sorry for Marvel. 'The New 52' comes out, and I couldn't even get an issue of Action Comics (which was a cool ish by the way. Never really like Superman, but, I might like this one)until yesterday.

Those things have been flying of shelves. And when I went into my comics shop as the last issue of Green Arrow is getting SNATCHED off the shelf, I look down and there is Ultimate Spider-Man #1, a huge full stack, sitting lonely, shaking in the cold, cold wind untouched almost.

I mean, it was like no one cared about the re-release of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, and everyone was all over DC. Were people turned off that much by the change of Ultimate Spider-man, or was the launch of 'The New 52' that great?

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I think this was a bold move, and I'm so far really impressed! But I really loved the Peter Parker of the Ulti U.... And all of his characters and side stories. Made me remember what it was like to be in high school haha.

This will be interesting I think.

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Cool

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This looks like a pretty promising and good start of the new webhead! :D

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Miles friend looks exactly like my best mate

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Exceeds expectations...

I'm hooked, and I'm loving this new chapter of the Ultimate Universe

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Perfect issue.

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I. LOVE. THIS. SERIES. And now the real question...that scenario with those punks really got me wondering..... how is a 13-year-old boy who is as far as I can tell even scrawnier than UU Peter Parker supposed to intimidate or even look heroic to big-time supervillains like the Green Goblin and.. no, wait, even half of the normal crooks would ridicule the kid.

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I 100% agree with everything this says. The book's off to a spectacular start.

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Fantastic art, fantastic story. Great characterization. And I agree with this:

"I admit, it's nice to read a good, clean comic book again."

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To tell you the truth the reason why I first decided to start picking this up was because of Sara Pichelli's art. I really enjoyed the issues she did before the "Death of Spider-Man" arc. And although I really like love Mark Bagley's art, I was worried about what would happen to her next. So you could imagine my reaction when they announced that she was going to be in the relaunch. And I loved that little meta speech that guy says on the first page.

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Edited By horshbox

Loving the art on this series, but really want to get to see Miles as Spiderman soon.