Friday, August 24, 2012

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 - Review

Miles Morales continues his new career as Spider-Man by giving himself a crash course in hero training. As Morales tests the limits of his abilities, he'll be pitted against villains like Omega Red to see if he has what it takes to be Marvel's greatest hero. But someone has figured out Morales' identity already, and he isn't going to pass up an opportunity to have Spider-Man at his beck and call.

Brian Michael Bendis continues the all-new Spider-Man story with this second collection of the series. With art by Sara Pichelli, Chris Samnee, and David Marquez, this new collection shines as each page delivers powerful storytelling and stunning artwork.

Many comic book readers and fans of superhero franchises see deaths as cheap tools to increase sales numbers. This is the first time in my reading history that it feels like the story and characters benefited from it. Obviously it's sad to see Ultimate Peter Park bite the dust, but like I said in the review of the first collection, the storytelling possibilities are limitless.

The best thing about it is that you still get all the great Spider-Man moments you got from Parker, but from a completely different background and perspective. Morales has a completely different set of problems, a different family dynamic, and has the legacy of Parker to live up to.

If you were intrigued by my review of the first collection then you can believe me when I say that it only gets better as it goes on. Spider-Man fans can't afford to miss the alternate reality that's, in some ways, better than the regular Marvel Universe title.

RATING: 8.5/10

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