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2010s MILES MORALES STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO WORST
Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.
Good: 4 to 3 stars.
Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.
Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.
BEST: ‘ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN COMICS’ (2011).
In ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ #1-5.
While Slott was doing his mainstream run on Spider-Man, star writer gave us a hit series in ‘Ultimate Spider-Man Comics.’ After killing the Ultimate Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Bendis gave us a new Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It is safe to say, Miles is the new, vibrant Spider-Man for Generation Z.
From the beginning, the first five issues tell the origin story of Miles Morales to becoming Spider-Man. At first glance, an up-and-coming youth from a troubled family. In reality, Miles wants to do the right thing and make it up the ladder in life. Surprisingly, Miles wins the lottery into a New York charter school. However, when an accident occurs, Miles life is changed and he becomes the hero he was meant to be.
Without a doubt, the dialogue is appropriate for the audience and though Miles and Genke are teenagers, they are aware of the superhero lifestyle: the young, good guy gets powers, defeats bad guy, saves people and gets the girl. In fact, it sounds like a formulaic Hollywood story which gets amplified in the animated movie. What makes the story work is the diversity, strength and earnestness of the characters. In the end, Bendis’ work shines and he is able to play up the characters’ chemistry with precision.
Overall, this storyline is definitely recommended to read before or after playing Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS4.
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BEST: “SPIDER-VERSE” (2015).
“Spider-Verse” (2015) has to be one of the most satisfying Dan Slott’s runs on ‘Amazing Spider-Man’. Juliana Failde at CBR.com recommended the storyline in 10 Spider-Man Story Arcs Every Fan Should Read. It is the inspiration for the Golden Globe animated movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” with Miles Morales as the titular character.
In an interview with CBR.com, Dan Slott revealed his inspiration for the storyline. Creatively, Slottt was to tell his version of the plot from the video game “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.” As matter of fact, it involved an artifact called the Tablet of Order and Chaos which threatened the lives of Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099.
“Spider-Verse” is more a Peter Parker story than a Miles Morales story. The crossover event is ambitious and features the Spider-Men from the Marvel multiverse across continuity. There are touching and bonding moments. Though Spider-Man and Miles Morales have few panels together, their moments are bonding times. Spider-Man emerges as a leader capable of leading a team on a multiversal scale and Miles is a functional member of the team.
Anyone looking for a Miles Morales’-centric storyline would be misguided from the video games and the animated movies. At the same time, this is a crossover event not to miss out.
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GOOD: ‘SPIDER-MEN’ (2012).
Collects ‘Spider-Men’ #1-5.
‘Spider-Men’ was Brian Bendis’ five-issue mini-series on the first crossover between the mainstream Spider-Man/Peter Parker and the Ultimate Spider-Man/Miles Morales. In continuity, it follows the death of Ultimate Peter Parker and the appearance of Miles Morales. In the storyline, the mainstream Spider-Man meets the new Ultimate Spider-Man.
In fact, the plot is simple but fun: In battle with Mysterio, the mainstream Spider-Man has crossed over to the Ultimate universe through an interdimensional vortex. Though, there are initial parallels between the mainstrem Spider-Man/Peter Parker and the Ultimate Spider-Man/Miles Morales in the first two issues. Forward, the plot immediately goes to center on Peter Parker and his impact as the previous Ultimate Spider-Man. Moreover, the plot progresses quickly towards its resolution and there are heart-warming moments with the Peter Parker family.
Previously, Sara Pichelli collaborated her art with Bendis on ‘Unltimate Comics Spider-Man.’ The two collaborate again on this series. Similarly, Pichelli’s pencils and inking translate well on digital printing. In truth, they lend to the Ultimate line of Marvel comics which pushes the envelope, upgrades superheroes and supervillains and at the same time caters to a younger audience. In the end, Pichelli’s pencils and ink are rough, not very expressive and to the point.
Overall, “Spider-Men” stands out mostly because it is focused, a-propos and serves to grant legitimacy to the new Ultimate Spider-Man, none other than Miles Morales.
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