The “Infinite Destinies” story continues this week in Miles Morales: Spider-Man Annual. Set to wrap up in November, this series promises each annual issue will reveal a Stone-bearer or give a clue to the intentions of an artifact. It’s also a series of one-shots that allows creators to play around with stories you might not usually get. After the excellent Thor Annual, it’s clear this story has opened up possibilities for creators, and this week Saladin Ahmed and Luca Maresca get to bring back the new superhero Amulet.
As you can see in the preview, Spider-Man and Amulet are going toe to toe with a giant cyclops. It’s a team-up issue featuring two characters Ahmed has written very well. It’s cool to see Amulet back, and Ahmed does well to feature his family and his uniqueness as a hero. He’s young like Miles Morales, but also just as heroic. The two are fighting a threat that can seriously use Amulet’s shielding power, but Ahmed also uses Amulet to give readers a full backstory of what is going on. You get two stories for the price of one here, and the story within the story is an interesting one.
Maresca draws a solid issue that’s very clean and cartoony. There’s a cel-shaded look to the lines that give the art a unique pop. The first panel featuring Spider-Man, for instance, has a thick white line around him that lifts him away from the backdrop. Maresca is backed up by color artist Fernando Sifuentes and letterer Cory Petit.
Sifuentes colors well with bright, splashy backdrops and chaotic speed lines colored into backgrounds. There are cool effects with the depth of field as well. You can see in the panel below how the legs are shaded differently than the body to add a 3D effect. The entire art team does a great job with Amulet’s shield powers, which have a liquid look that’s quite cool and tactile. Lettering by Petit does an excellent job with captions to convey that they are from Miles’ notebook. The torn-out look of the pages and handwritten letters give it more of Miles’ voices. There are a couple of sound effects to look out for that mix things up.
Similar to previous “Infinite Destinies” one-shots, this issue doesn’t clarify how it ties into the larger story. Again, we may need to wait to see how the events of this issue tie everything together. It does make you scratch your head, though, since it seems entirely unconnected. Aside from this gripe, this is a pretty straightforward fight comic that breezes by rather quickly.
Also in this issue is part 6 (of 8) of “Infinite Fury” following Nick Fury’s adventures written by Jed MacKay with art by Juan Ferreyra. He’s still entangled with Nighthawk and is going out on patrol as his sidekick. It’s an exciting turn for Nick Fury, and this story comes with an interesting twist too. Ferreyra continues to do exceptional work with layouts, and there are some rather dramatic beats in this story he nails.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man Annual is a fun team-up book that’ll appeal to Spider-Man fans and fans of semi-new superhero Amulet. It’s great to see Amulet get more attention here, and hopefully, it reminds readers and Marvel that he deserves a series of his own.
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