With everyone talking about the new DC 52, Marvel’s New Ultimate Comics similar renumbering. Of course, most hardcore comic fans write off the Ultimate Comics line because of its concept and less than stellar stories over the past few years. While I haven’t kept up with the universe in years, I, like most, heard about the decision to kill of Peter Park and bring in the half African American half Hispanic Miles Morales. I didn’t have as much a problem with this as most seem to have. The Ultimate Universe was always about not being tied down to continuity and the status quo as the regular universe had been. Plus, Brian Michael Bendis is one of my top picks for favorite comic book writers. The other day, I was picking up some of the new DC 52 when I saw this new series’ number one in a polybag. I had no idea it was coming out. Well I picked it up and just picked up the second issue today.
Just a heads up, I’ll try to stay away from spoilers, but I will give a bit. But keep in mind, this is the first two issues and if you read any of Bendis’ other Ultimate Spiderman books, you know he takes his time to get going. That being said, these first two issues start the book off to an amazing (no pun intended) start. While Miles’ origin story sure is different from Peter’s, it keeps the same tone and themes. Just like the original Amazing issues and Ultimate issues, it deals with a young superhero, his family, and his troubles becoming a superhero. Miles’ relationship with his dad is not that different than that of Peter and his Uncle Ben. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Miles’ dad doesn’t make it through the first arc, but that’s just speculation. Some people, for whatever reason, had a problem with the new Spiderman not being white. Yes, Miles is half African American and half Hispanic, but he’s not a stereotype or anything. He’s just a normal kid. So, no need to bitch about having Spiderman not be white.
In these first two issues, nothing that big/important happens. There are no super villains to be found in these issues. There are some cameos of other superheroes, but they’re short and not too important to the story. These issues are more about introducing us to this new character, his friends, and his family. Similar to Bendis’ run on the original Ultimate Spiderman, each issues stands on its own, but it might be a better read in the trade. That’s just one of the reasons why Bendis is one of the best, but I digress.
The art on this book is as great as the writing. I never thought I’d love another artist drawing Spiderman as I had with Mark Bagley. But I must admit, Sara Pichelli does a truly magnificent job. Her art is both retro and modern at the same time. It perfectly fits the Ultimate Universe. It’s easy to follow and you don’t have to worry about characters looking too similar, which is a problem I come across in many books today.
In conclusion, I didn’t say too much about these books, but that’s just more incentive for you to go check these two issues out. And if you don’t like getting single issues or don’t live near a comic shop, just wait a few months and pick up the trade. This book is highly recommended.