Comic Book Reviews - Spider-Men #1 Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews, Marvel Reviews
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Publisher Website: www.marvel.com
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelle
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Number of Pages: 22
Safety Content Label: Teen
History is made as Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales meets the one and only Peter Parker, your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!
I’ve been a long time fan of Spider-Man since the age of twelve. Over the years I’ve had the honor—nay, the privilege—of experiencing many of Peter Parker’s pleasures and pains. And as a reader I’ve been there for some of the character’s triumphs as well as his lows which include the God forsaken “Clone Saga” storyline and dare I say it, “One More Day.” It was due to the latter story-arch that I stopped reading Amazing Spider-Man as I felt that my heart was broken once too many times.
Now that’s not to say that I’ve given up on my monthly Spider-Man fix as I like to check in on the character through his many other appearances around the 616 and Ultimate Universes… and in the case of the Ultimate version it isn’t even Peter Parker behind the mask. So as most fans of either Spider-Man can attest the possibly of Peter Parker and Miles Morales meeting is huge. However, in the first issue of this five issue limited series that isn’t necessary the case.
The majority of issue #1 is spent with Peter Parker Spider-Man as he does what he normally does; i.e., catching regular criminals which wouldn’t be a problem except the title of this comic is Spider-Men… men, plural. I realize that there needs to be some set-up to justify the two Spider-Men meeting but when Peter Parker dominates 99% of the pages of the premiere issue it feels as if Miles Morales is more of a secondary minor character and not a co-star. With the lack of balance between Peter and Miles, plus what propels the 616 Spider-Man throughout this issue feels a bit mundane and coincidental, it’s very difficult to get emotional invested in the story as well as the lead characters.
Basically the biggest problem in this issue is that not much happens. It’s got a great premise and there’s plenty of story potential with Peter Parker and Miles Morales coming face-to-face, but as of issue #1, it just feels like an average issue of Spider-Man. Damn decompression! As a Spider-Man junkie, I look forward to seeing where this story goes, however, I wish this issue would have went a little further.