duo_forbidden's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 - To Be or Not to Be... Spider-Man! review

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    "Told you Spider-Man was black."

    Synopsis: Miles plays the hero for one day.

    What's Good?

    Miles Morales is NOT Peter Parker.

    That been said, this issue continues from the same pace of Miles origins and how he continues to take one step into becoming the next Spider-Man. Normally, characters who happens to get powers, but are hesitant to use them shouldn't appeal to most people, just because it makes you want to switch places with that character and quickly become a superhero (or maybe a supervillain). But that's why this is the Ultimate Universe. The world is different, and some people with powers just want to live a normal life (but look how Mutants are being portrayed now).

    Thanks to Miles' best friend Ganke, he gets that small push to be a hero. While it's just one small heroic act in this issue, I like how Bendis approaches it. One minute, Miles is playing hero, next he comes back to reality. He knows that it dangerous playing a superhero. Instead of his responsibility towards his new found powers, he puts his responsibility in starting school. It's until the end of the issue where it reaches a surprising turn of event. I've been pressing on someone close to Miles like his father or uncle to bite it in order to shape him to become a superhero, but then I realized, that it doesn't necessarily have to be to someone closest to him (it still can), but rather the person who is currently Spider-Man: Peter. As seen in Ultimate Fallout, Peter's death had a profound effect on everyone.

    Art wise, I wouldn't change a thing. Sara Pichelli's approach to the new Spider-Man series has been impressive. My favorite scenes has to be Miles playing hero for the first time and what happens afterward. You see the rewarding factor of Miles' selfless action, and how happy he looks saving people, but afterward, there's fear, and Miles running away from his new responsibilities. Not to mention that Miles is a young teenager.

    What's Bad?

    Nothing comes to my mind.

    Overall: Again, I love how Bendis is approaching Miles into becoming the next Spider-Man. Reading the first two issues, I was afraid that Bendis was using too many of the same story elements from the first Ultimate Spider-Man, but after this issue, Miles' story is truly starting. Can't wait to read the next issue.

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