The GeeksverseUltimate Comics Spider-Man #1

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1
Published on Thursday, September 15, 2011 by

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Sara Pichelli
Colored by: Justin Ponsor
Lettered by: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Art: A- Kaare Andrews; B- Sara Pichelli w/ Justin Ponsor
Associate Editor: Sana Amanat
Editor: Mark Paniccia

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

There’s alot about this new Spider-Man that comes across like we’ve seen variations of it before. Especially the origin.

Not to reveal too much, but the origin is basically the same. The differences are the locations where the bite occurs.

Miles reminds me of Peter in alot of ways. I was having a hard time pinning down his age. His uncle and parents seem to treat him as if he was early teens. But he looks like he’s mid-teens. Is he 13 or 16? It’s also hard to pin down his social standing. His uncle, who is obviously a crook, tells him that his father and uncle had it rough growing up, that they saw alot of bad stuff and that he’ll get a chance they never had. Miles lucks out (literally, I have never heard of a school picking students this way) and gets into a Charter School. It’s his chance to get out.

Get out of what?

We never see examples of what his neighborhood is like. His parents are well dressed and articulate. They come across as middle class. There’s some hints about paying for the school and not sure if parents will be able to, but that by itself isn’t an indication of anything.

It’s really not that important and I can see why Bendis would try to shy away from calling attention to it. This book will already be under the microscope when it comes to that kind of stuff and Bendis probably didn’t want Miles standing to be a governing factor in the book. But without coming right out and specifying anything, it does create a kind of limbo.

With the origin being so similar, and some obvious directions the story will take with Miles and his beloved Uncle, I hope Bendis doesn’t make any other parallels between Miles and Peter Parker. No Uncle Ben. Having a stable family and homelife will be something different and worth exploring.

All in all this was a good story. The pacing was well done, it hit the notes it needed to hit. It reminds me of the slow way that Bendis started the original Ultimate Spider-Man years ago. That isn’t a bad thing.

Bendis does good creating a good supporting cast for Miles. His father and mother are pretty well developed. There’s a couple of nice family moments. Even Miles Uncle, who we know is a criminal, is well developed. His love for his nephew is apparent.

Where this book fails is in the main character himself. We don’t get much of Miles’ personality, who he is, what he’s like. We get one line about him feeling bad that he got into the special school and others didn’t. But beyond that, we don’t get much about Miles at all. He’s a blank slate.

Slow start or not, we should know something about our main character in the first issue. With Peter we got that he was a nerd and socially awkward along with being a genius. For Miles we get next to nothing.

It’s a solid start to the new Spider-Man. The story is interesting to follow, even if the main character isn’t developed enough for us to latch onto.

Pichelli’s art is very nice. She’s excellant at expressions and showing emotion. Her backgrounds are nicely detailed and the linework is crisp and clean. The scenes between the brothers is very well done. Pichelli captures the emotion of the scene perfectly, from the anger of Miles father to the final panel of resignation and some defeat.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

Even with some shortcomings the overall total package was very good.

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