Review: Hanging Out With Kamala Khan In ‘Miles Morales: Spider-Man’ #24

by James Ferguson


Ms. Marvel guest stars as Miles cleans up the loose ends before plunging himself into his very own Clone Saga. What’s a day in the life of a typical teenage hero in Brooklyn?


After dealing with Knull’s invasion and a law banning unregistered young heroes, Miles Morales is putting the pieces of his life back together. Despite these recent issues, he has a lot to be happy about. His parents love him. He’s got a new baby sister. He’s hanging out with his friend, Kamala Khan. There’s a clone swinging through Brooklyn. Wait. What?

As Miles Morales prepares to get his very own Clone Saga, this issue cleans up some loose ends. Writer Saladin Ahmed ties up what was left of King in Black and Outlawed as it relates to Miles. This is the kind of attention that I’ve wished for on other titles, so I’m glad to see how these toys are put away before new ones are taken out.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #24 is largely a transition issue. It’s more low-key, but that’s totally fine considering everything this character has been through lately. The relationship between Miles and Kamala is fantastic. They know each other so well and have such a great vibe. It makes for some great interactions and quirky dialogue. Ahmed is pretty familiar with both characters and it shows. There’s a definite comfort level with them that really shines through.

Artist Carmen Carnero highlights this as well. Miles and Kamala mesh both as civilians and as heroes. There’s a shot later on when they’re swinging after after holding a corrupt landlord accountable where Kamala’s literally wrapped herself around Miles. It’s a fun shot that shows how comfortable they are with one another.

There’s some nice context to their dialogue throughout this issue from letterer Cory Petit. They’re teenagers, still figuring out their space in the world. It shows in how they speak. Petit uses different font sizes to convey the volume of speech, like how you might say something under your breath.

Kamala’s powers are shown in a variety of ways in this issue. She doesn’t just stretch her arms and legs out to cover a lot of ground quickly. She also embiggens her ear to listen for danger or use her arm like a whip or rope to grab something or someone.

These adventures happen during the light of day and it shows in David Curiel’s colors. There’s a bright, vibrant tone to Miles Morales: Spider-Man #24 as these two heroes head out first to hang with each other and then to help people. The palette shifts a bit when danger arises, moving to more muted tones as things get serious.

Sometimes all a hero wants to do is hang out with his friend, play some basketball, and eat some ice cream. In between, he’s got to help people in need because that’s what a hero does. Miles Morales: Spider-Man #24 shows us what a hero is, but more importantly, it shows us that he’s human. As Miles prepares for an epic storyline, that’s a healthy reminder.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #24 from Marvel Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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