Ultimate Comics Spider-Man V2 #4 Review

Posted by Spiderfan001 26 November 2011

Miles Morales witnesses the death of Spider-Man!

The Story

After hearing that Spider-Man has just been shot, Miles asks Ganke to cover for him and sneaks out of the gymnasium.  He leaps from rooftop to rooftop as Spider-Man has his final battle with the Green Goblin.  After seeing an explosion coming from Queens, Miles rushes over and arrives just in time to witness Peter Parker die in Aunt May's arms.

Later, Miles tells Ganke about what happened.  Miles feels that had he become a hero when he first got his powers he might have been able to prevent Peter's death.  Ganke points out that maybe the reason Miles got his powers was to be the new Spider-Man.

Miles and Ganke join the large crowd at Peter's funeral and manage to see Aunt May and Gwen Stacy enter the cathedral.  Miles asks Gwen why Peter became Spider-Man, and after some reluctance Gwen tells him what happened to Peter's Uncle Ben.

Ganke buys Miles a store bought Spider-Man outfit.  Miles thinks wearing the costume is in bad taste, but tries it on anyway.  That night, as Miles leaps from rooftop to rooftop in his Spidey outfit, he hears an alarm and goes to investigate.  What follows is the fight Miles has with the Kangaroo in Ultimate Comics Fallout #4.

When Miles returns home he finds out that the Daily Bugle has already trashed him online.  He then almost gets caught in his Spider-Man outfit by his other roommate, Judge.

The next night Miles goes out on patrol again, but is stopped dead in his tracks by Spider-Woman, who is clearly offended by Miles' costume.


With this issue Brian Michael Bendis ties Miles' motivation directly to Peter Parker, with Peter becoming an Uncle Ben-like figure for Miles to aspire to.  Fans cheesed off by Peter's death should note that he still has a strong presence in the book, offering an interesting new take on the Spider-Man story.  Seeing the Ultimate Universe through Miles' eyes makes it feel fresh and exciting again, and Miles' interaction with Peter Parker's female clone next issue should be anything but boring.  Sara Pichelli, as always, continues to knock it out of the park with her artwork.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man continues to be one of the best Spidey books on the stands.  Definitely a must-buy!  

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