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Spider-Man #10 Review

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Spider-Man #10 Review

Last issue, Miles Morales looked destiny right in the eye and declared “COME AT ME, BRO!” (Actually, the aforementioned issue mostly dealt with how Miles’ friends reacted to what he was doing, but you get the idea).

This week, we see the aftermath of Spider-Man’s fateful decision to stand strong against Ulysses’ vision of him killing Steve Rogers

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Is it good?

Spider-Man #10 (Marvel Comics)

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Observations

  • It feels like we’re missing something.
  • Seeing Miles cry makes me want to cry, too ☹
  • Now this is an awkward meeting.
  • *Sigh* And to think, Carol Danvers used to be one of my favorite heroes.
  • Uh, I don’t think we’re supposed to know that yet.
  • You have got to be kidding me…

Is It Good?

*Deep breaths*

Okay. I really do try to judge single issues based on their individual merits and devoid of any “industry” factors. In this case, however, I just can’t.

Brian Michael Bendis crafts some truly excellent dialogue between Miles and his superb supporting cast. Unfortunately, we’re watching them react to an event that has yet to fully play out in the main Civil War II title due to scheduling slips.

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We do, however, get a giant splash page (gorgeously drawn by Nico Leon) that SPOILS A HUGE FREAKING MOMENT IN CIVIL WAR II

…or maybe it didn’t. Perhaps I’m assuming way too much based on some plainly obvious implications. But even if Bendis manages to pull a rabbit out of his hat on this one, we’re still seeing these characters react to an event that has not yet occurred—and that we’re (arguably) supposed to have already observed ourselves.

And as good as Bendis’ script is, the issue’s final moment/cliffhanger is so contrived that it would make the writers for an 80’s era soap opera roll their eyes.

On the plus side, Nico Leon makes everything look beautiful. Just like last issue, his paneling perfectly facilitates the large amount of conversation and emotional beats. Most television shows aren’t this good at making their characters interact. I just wish he and Bendis’ story was also occurring in its originally intended form. If this was actually the way things were supposed to go, however, then it still feels very off and unsatisfying.

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