[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Ever since his encounter with Ultimatum and the Ultimate Green Goblin, Spider-Man has been running into goons with red armor, high tech gear, and a strange drug all over town. Everytime, the goons refuse to talk, and they destroy their drugs to avoid analysis. Miles is running low on patience…and web fluid. Ganke hasn’t been able to make anymore, and Mister Dutcher has put Miles on academic probation due to absences. That doesn’t mean Miles is going to stop looking into Ultimatum and his new operation, but can he take on this new baddie without webs?
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 continues Miles’ investigation into Ultimatum, some kind of holdover from the Ultimate universe who is also named Miles Morales–and he’s buddies with the Kingpin.
This issue doesn’t provide any new insight into Ultimatum himself, but it still provides a solid story showing the continuing trials and tribulations of Spider-Man. Life has been hard for Miles of late between the kidnapping by Assessor and the events of Absolute Carnage, and things don’t seem to be getting any easier anytime soon. He’s having troubles at school, and he’s running low on web fluid.
In short, it’s reminiscent of the Old Parker Luck and many of the stories from the Amazing Spider-Man’s younger days. That said, the ending cliffhangers are a bit more serious than scholastic struggles and superheroic inconveniences.
Zé Carlos and Ig Guara split the art of this issue, and both do a good job for filling in for the highly talented Javier Garrón. That isn’t to insinuate that Carlos and Guara are second-rate talent–both bring a distinct and strong aesthetic to Miles Morales: Spider-Man. The comic looks great throughout, and the color art of Dono Sánchez-Almara and Protobunker keep the atmosphere vibrant and energetic.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 is another strong issue from Saladin Ahmed and the team. The struggles of Miles Morales are relatable, the character is thoroughly endearing and charismatic, and the story is interesting and seems to tie back to the Ultimate Marvel Universe. As always, I’m left eager for another issue. Check this one out.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 comes to us from writer Saladin Ahmed, artists Zé Carlos and Ig Guara, color artists Dono Sánchez-Almara and Protobunker, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Mike Hawthorne with David Curiel, and variant cover artist Mirka Andolfo.
Final Score: 8/10