Spider-Man 2016 #1 Review
Secret Wars is over and it’s a new year so I guess that means we got a whole lot of new number ones of books that didn’t need to be renumbered. The Marvel Universe get’s somewhat of a pass since its universe was essentially turned upside down and recreated thanks to Secret Wars. Miles Morales and Spider-Man 2016 luckily fall into this category, because if it didn’t, I would probably feel differently about the book.
Miles Morales of Earth 1610 has been around since the Ultimate books back in 2011, but it still seems like people barely know him. I think it’s even more strange that I barely know him considering it feels like Brian Michael Bendis has been writing Miles’ story for what seems like forever. Oh, he and Sara Pichelli are the team for Spider-Man 2016 this time too.
Miles Morales has survived the Secret Wars, he’s got an Avengers card now, life should be going well, except he’s still in high school. Who would have thought that surviving high school could be more difficult than fighting some of the baddest baddies of the Marvel Universe.
Spider-Man 2016 #1 was a pleasant surprise. I think it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who didn’t really pay that much attention to the Ultimate universe when it came into fruition back in 2011, so Miles Morales was always an after thought to me. Peter Parker was always and always will be the Spider-Man. Well, Spider-Gwen (which is one of the best Marvel books right now) and Miles Morales are putting up a good opposition to that thought.
Miles in Spider-Man 2016 #1 feels different yet similar at the same time. He’s different in just the right areas. He’s still smart and snarky in combat yet not a brilliant student in high school. He’s the Spider-Man who’s still learning what he can do and still doesn’t quite understand his full potential. For those that have been avoiding Miles Morales and his Earth 1610 Spider-Man, this newest Spider-Man 2016 is a great place to start.
Everyone who’s just joined us, I introduce to you, Spider-Man.