If you couldn’t tell from the cover, Miles Morales has a new costume — and a new brother (sort of). It’s all part of Saladin Ahmed’s incredible run with the character, which has featured great family scenes, the ongoing growth of Miles Morales, and a hero still reeling from his own “Clone Saga.” Collected in Miles Morales Vol. 6: All Eyes on Me is Miles Morales: Spider-Man #29-30 which catches readers up to speed up until the Beyond Corp era.
Four issues in a collection may seem slim, but this trade paperback also houses Miles Morales: Spider-Man #30 which runs an extra 12 pages long and celebrates Miles Morales’ 10 year anniversary.
This collection opens with art by Christopher Allen (who draws #31-32 as well). Allen’s style is detailed and suits the slice-of-life storytelling set in schools, sewers, and on the streets of New York. Paired with the variety of characters in the story, you get the sense Miles isn’t just a vigilante hero saving random lives, but truly part of a bigger community — he also faces classic Spidey elements like classmates giving him trouble or school papers making his life hell. The story picks up where we left off as Miles’s suit is shredded and he needs help with his clone brother who lives under the school.
Carmen Carnero draws the main story in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #30, and does a fantastic job showing the speed of Miles as he zips around. Many of us are going to read this to scope out the new costume, and Carnero puts in a lot of effort to flesh out little details that make it come alive. It doesn’t just look like spandex — it’s a functional-looking costume.
Writer Saladin Ahmed hits a lot of elements that make Miles Morales so great for casual fans to cling to — he’s late for something, has things going well for him in his personal life, and he’s generally hopeful. The baddie in a mechanized suit is just one problem he has to solve, which helps show Miles’s selflessness. The issue is a great jumping-on point for readers.
From here, the story picks up as Taskmaster comes calling. A team-up with Starling ensues, giving the second half of the book a big superhero feel. It’s pretty cool to see Miles go toe to toe with Taskmaster and Allen makes each of their costumes really shine under fire.
The backup stories are great, too. Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Kemp Powers, Jeff Loveness, and Sara Pichelli do a great job connecting Miles Morales to New York. It’s a theme made all the more important ever since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, and they do that and more here, capturing the togetherness of New Yorkers in more than one way. There’s even a Saturday Night Live-style show Miles is part of, a fun way for Pichelli to flex some comedic muscles. Rachelle Rosenberg backs her up on colors with a great sense of atmosphere and lighting.
Wrapping up the extra-sized issue is a story by Cody Ziglar and Anthony Piper that takes a unique approach with Miles Morales. The story uses the character in a different way to show growth. Ziglar also supplied a backup story for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #25, which also took a unique approach as far as how Miles speaks in slang. It thoroughly grounds the character as more realistic and while it’s not how he speaks usually, it gives readers a sense of Miles’s closeness to the community and the people he’s protecting.
Miles Morales Vol. 6: All Eyes On Me blends Miles’ personal life, superhero work, and new costume together into an entertaining sixth volume. While it’s definitely a buffer between the “Clone Saga” story and the Beyond Corp, the creative team shows how selfless, caring, and down-to-earth Miles Morales can be. It’s a comic that reminds us Miles Morales is a feel-good superhero that’s grounded and relatable.
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