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Bombshell is back, and young heroes are debuting all across the city - including Cloak & Dagger and Ultimate Power Pack! But can Miles continue on being Spider-Man after everything that's happened, or will tragedy force him to quit? Cloak & Dagger try to bring Miles back into the super hero fold, but when Miles comes face-to-face with the evil of Roxxon, he makes h Bombshell is back, and young heroes are debuting all across the city - including Cloak & Dagger and Ultimate Power Pack! But can Miles continue on being Spider-Man after everything that's happened, or will tragedy force him to quit? Cloak & Dagger try to bring Miles back into the super hero fold, but when Miles comes face-to-face with the evil of Roxxon, he makes his final decision. Roxxon created Venom, and because of Venom, Miles' mother died. Now Miles will unleash hell. But will even Cloak, Dagger, Bombshell and Spider-Woman be enough to help him take Roxxon down? The first chapter in the Miles Morales saga ends with a bang as Miles discovers one of the big secrets of his origin! Collecting: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 23-28


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Bombshell is back, and young heroes are debuting all across the city - including Cloak & Dagger and Ultimate Power Pack! But can Miles continue on being Spider-Man after everything that's happened, or will tragedy force him to quit? Cloak & Dagger try to bring Miles back into the super hero fold, but when Miles comes face-to-face with the evil of Roxxon, he makes h Bombshell is back, and young heroes are debuting all across the city - including Cloak & Dagger and Ultimate Power Pack! But can Miles continue on being Spider-Man after everything that's happened, or will tragedy force him to quit? Cloak & Dagger try to bring Miles back into the super hero fold, but when Miles comes face-to-face with the evil of Roxxon, he makes his final decision. Roxxon created Venom, and because of Venom, Miles' mother died. Now Miles will unleash hell. But will even Cloak, Dagger, Bombshell and Spider-Woman be enough to help him take Roxxon down? The first chapter in the Miles Morales saga ends with a bang as Miles discovers one of the big secrets of his origin! Collecting: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 23-28

30 review for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis, Volume 5

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I thought the ending to the last book was abrupt - this book opens with the words “One Year Later”!! As you can tell from the homage cover to John Romita’s iconic art, Miles has given up being Spidey. His family is completely ruined - the price of being a superhero is just too high. But, dammit, the world needs Spider-Man and everyone from his bestie Ganke to Spider-Woman Jessica Drew is out to convince Miles to put the web-shooters back on and start saving people again! Volume 5 is another triff I thought the ending to the last book was abrupt - this book opens with the words “One Year Later”!! As you can tell from the homage cover to John Romita’s iconic art, Miles has given up being Spidey. His family is completely ruined - the price of being a superhero is just too high. But, dammit, the world needs Spider-Man and everyone from his bestie Ganke to Spider-Woman Jessica Drew is out to convince Miles to put the web-shooters back on and start saving people again! Volume 5 is another triffic addition to Brian Bendis’ gob-smackingly superb Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man run. I felt really bad for Miles’ loss and, though him putting the mask back on was inevitable, seeing him build up to that point by talking it out with the people in his life was very compelling. Still more impressive was how Bendis was able to make me care about second-stringers I’ve never cared about like Cloak and Dagger! Their backstory was engaging and, off the back of this, I’d deffo read a title of their own. David Marquez’s art is as slick and stunning as ever and I like that Miles looks taller, having gone through a further full year of puberty. Katie Bishop (in another world, the once and future Hawkeye) as his girlfriend was cute and it was amusing her thinking Ganke is secretly in love with him when they were just fighting about Miles hanging up his threads. Taskmaster is the Big Bad of this book and the Ultimate version of this character is hella formidable. That said, the prevalence of generic superhero fighting was a bit of a dull and disappointing fallback for Bendis. And, while Bendis’ writing for the most part is first-rate, having Roxxon extensively monologue at the end to conveniently tie everything together made for a rushed, contrived and unsatisfying finale. Still, I enjoyed this fifth book as much as I have the others in this outstanding series - Miles Morales fans won’t be disappointed with this one! Dang, Bendis really did his best Marvel work with this character, eh?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jan Philipzig

    The Strange World of Superheroes Yep, when Bendis gets into character, he gets into character. I mean, everybody knows this guy can write dialogue, and that’s because he understands character psychology and how it finds expression in speech patterns and body language. To my mind, that’s what Bendis is all about as a writer, and when he is on a title that allows him to fully apply those strengths – a title such as Alias – he is pretty much unstoppable. To be sure, it's the kind of talent that is of The Strange World of Superheroes Yep, when Bendis gets into character, he gets into character. I mean, everybody knows this guy can write dialogue, and that’s because he understands character psychology and how it finds expression in speech patterns and body language. To my mind, that’s what Bendis is all about as a writer, and when he is on a title that allows him to fully apply those strengths – a title such as Alias – he is pretty much unstoppable. To be sure, it's the kind of talent that is often overshadowed by Marvel’s inevitable and all-consuming “events”… see the noisy but disappointing third volume of this series. For the most part, though, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man works because it allows Bendis to shine. Take the first issue of this final volume, for example: down-to-earth, insightful, sad, funny, sweet, magical. Traumatized by his mother's violent death, Miles still refuses to be Spider-Man, giving Bendis a chance to focus on the small and personal things he knows so well. Over the following issues, though, this teenage world is juxtaposed with an updated Cloak and Dagger origin story - can't go too many pages without any superheroics, I guess. Well, and then Miles finally puts the mask back on, of course. As far as superheroics are concerned, I appreciated the effort that went into making them accessible and relevant by grounding them in urgent contemporary topics such as genetic engineering and corporate greed rather than in decades of fictional continuity... though, quite honestly, I still couldn't care less about the actual fighting itself, that stuff just isn't for me. This has been my first departure into the strange world of ongoing superhero titles in quite some time, and I am happy to report that there appear to be no major health repercussions as yet. In fact, I had a good time and am now pumped for 2016 (it’s a new year’s resolution – yeee…) to explore a few more of all those superhero titles that have been passing me by left and right over the years. To tell the truth, I have already been exploring some of your fascinating little lists and reviews… yes, yours, my dear GR friends... and I have come away with a few rather, well, let’s just say promising and… how shall I put it… interesting, I guess… hehe… I mean… hehehe… in a perfectly harmless way, of course… hehe… interesting ideas, I mean... mwehehe… whehehe… perfectly harmless… ideas… MWAHAHAHAHAhahahaha….!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Miles Morales has been out of the super hero game for a year when Spider-Woman shows up, trying to bring him back in. Meanwhile, teen heroes Cloak and Dagger are after Roxxon oil in a big way... I enjoyed the super hero action in this book, even if I didn't care for Cloak and Dagger that much. The Ultimate version of Taskmaster was much more fearsome than the main universe's version. Bombshell was more interesting than either Cloak or Dagger to me. The partnership between Miles and Spider-Woman wa Miles Morales has been out of the super hero game for a year when Spider-Woman shows up, trying to bring him back in. Meanwhile, teen heroes Cloak and Dagger are after Roxxon oil in a big way... I enjoyed the super hero action in this book, even if I didn't care for Cloak and Dagger that much. The Ultimate version of Taskmaster was much more fearsome than the main universe's version. Bombshell was more interesting than either Cloak or Dagger to me. The partnership between Miles and Spider-Woman was my favorite part of the book. The super hero action was pretty spectacular. Miles continues to prove himself worthy of the Spider-mantle. My only gripe with this series is the pace. It's agonizingly slow and there's way too much talking. Bendis writes good dialogue but he doesn't have to write so much of it. After more minimalist comics like Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon and Moon Knight, Vol. 1: From the Dead, I feel like I'm working my ass off. I respect what Bendis has done but I'd prefer someone not as long-winded to chronicle Miles' adventures at some point. Three out of five stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    Following Venom's attack at the hospital that ultimately lead to Miles Morales' mothers death, Miles decided he was done being Spider-Man.   One year has passed and while Ganke and others are giving Miles time to grieve they are ready for him to be Spider-Man again.     Miles is adamant that he's done being Spider-Man and that his great responsibility is to his father and himself. After encounters with Cloak and Dagger, two young people who were experimented on for their super powers, and Jessica Drew Following Venom's attack at the hospital that ultimately lead to Miles Morales' mothers death, Miles decided he was done being Spider-Man.   One year has passed and while Ganke and others are giving Miles time to grieve they are ready for him to be Spider-Man again.     Miles is adamant that he's done being Spider-Man and that his great responsibility is to his father and himself. After encounters with Cloak and Dagger, two young people who were experimented on for their super powers, and Jessica Drew confessing her biggest secret, Miles is ready to fight to protect people again.   I have to say the author did a splendid job making Miles a strong Spider-Man yet making him distinct as an individual and as Spider-Man. I'm always impressed how strong of a story can be pressed into a handful of speech bubbles and thought boxes. Miles is an easy person to root for and it was good to see his friends didn't give up on him when he needed them most.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗

    I LOVE MILES MORALES SO MUCH THAT IS MY BABY

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    A year after his mother's death, Miles seems to have given up being Spider-Man permanently. Isn't that a superhero rite of passage, to hang up the cape after some sort of trauma? In Miles's case, it's a totally understandable reaction. He didn't cause her death, but his mother would probably still be alive if he hadn't been bitten by that spider. And he knows just how little his father thinks of superheroes in general. And when he eventually (inevitably) decided to put the mask back on, his deci A year after his mother's death, Miles seems to have given up being Spider-Man permanently. Isn't that a superhero rite of passage, to hang up the cape after some sort of trauma? In Miles's case, it's a totally understandable reaction. He didn't cause her death, but his mother would probably still be alive if he hadn't been bitten by that spider. And he knows just how little his father thinks of superheroes in general. And when he eventually (inevitably) decided to put the mask back on, his decision makes sense, too. That's been one of the Bendis's strengths on the Ultimate Spider-Man books, his ability to make his characters believable. But the major villain here... I don't know. It felt like it was all resolved just a little bit too neatly. After pages upon pages of being told that Roxxon is too big to go down, he does exactly that, as easily as you like. There might be more planned for him later, but right now it feels like a bit of a letdown. A lot of setup for little payoff. I did like how Miles handled the situation, though. It looks like Ultimate Spider-Man is still the book of choice to introduce new characters to the Ultimate universe. This time, it's a new version of Cloak and Dagger. I know next to nothing about these characters, so I really have nothing to compare the new versions against. That said, I liked the way Bendis handled their storyline. They're great characters, and I hope we'll see more of them. Aside from a slightly anticlimactic ending, I really enjoyed this collection. But it looks like there's yet another major event coming right after the last issue in this collection, so who knows what, if anything, will develop from what happened here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dylan

    4 stars. This was a really fun series. My only issue with the later volumes is that I just don't care about the new heros, no matter how hard I try. I think I'll pick up Miles' next series, but we'll see.

  8. 4 out of 5

    B. P. Rinehart

    I often hear a statement that, used negatively or positively, talks of Brian Michael Bendis as being a comic book writer that "writes for the trades" i.e. trade paperbacks i.e. what I am reviewing right now in these volumes that collect comic books. Comic books are usually published monthly and regular titles are collected after a certain number (usually 5 or 6) have been published. That leaves a creative team three ways of writing for a title. They can do a neat self-contained story in a partic I often hear a statement that, used negatively or positively, talks of Brian Michael Bendis as being a comic book writer that "writes for the trades" i.e. trade paperbacks i.e. what I am reviewing right now in these volumes that collect comic books. Comic books are usually published monthly and regular titles are collected after a certain number (usually 5 or 6) have been published. That leaves a creative team three ways of writing for a title. They can do a neat self-contained story in a particular comicbook with a meta-narrative as background; it can be a serialized story that unfolds over the several months with the whole complete story being collected whole only in the trade paperbacks (this is Bendis' option). Or you could be Jonathan Hickman. Now anyone familiar with late 19th to early 20th century writers knows that Bendis is not unique in how he tells his stories, but it does mean that you cannot be impatient when dealing with him. I am saying all this because in a genre so fueled toward action pacing as superhero comics, if you are going to do a story arc that deals with loss, mourning, resentment, and depression and finding reason in the thing that has destroyed your world...it better be good. I can say with relief that this story is good. This book ends the first series featuring Miles Morales and it also was a very interesting look at how a teenager in an absurd situation (I mean that in the most Albert Camus way possible) has to learn how to come to terms with the totality of what his life will be like and not live with the illusions of what he wanted it to be.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    Miles Morales, a great character who never got the beginning he deserves. By the time Bendis finally remembered human emotions, Miles was already lost to what I call Marvel bullshit.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colona Public Library

    I love Miles, he is my favorite spider man. I really like in that they allow him to get mad at things and use that anger in a favorable way in battle without ever loosing control. I've seen that a few times through this and different issue with him. I think that is really cool thing they have with him. Anyway, I felt like several heroes and his friend pressured him to be a hero he didn't want to be for the moment. Like, it has been a year since (view spoiler)[ His mother's death. No doubt she wa I love Miles, he is my favorite spider man. I really like in that they allow him to get mad at things and use that anger in a favorable way in battle without ever loosing control. I've seen that a few times through this and different issue with him. I think that is really cool thing they have with him. Anyway, I felt like several heroes and his friend pressured him to be a hero he didn't want to be for the moment. Like, it has been a year since (view spoiler)[ His mother's death. No doubt she was proud of him...whatever he chose to do because he's her son! Duh, he's such a great kid even without powers! (hide spoiler)] I think the only person who even tried to understand Miles was Aunt May. He was going through a hard time and I think people really didn't give him enough time to grieve and be a normal kid for a while. Miles goes through so much emotional things the poor kid. I think this is all wrapped up now and this whole series was super great but this volume was pretty likable. Also, I like Cloak and Dagger in a different issue and was excited to see them but they're like 2x younger than I thought they were suppose to be. I was thinking late college students but instead they are in high school? Plus, Dagger didn't even seem remotely likable in really anyway...She was first seen complaining to manger, seems to be waited on hand and foot, and she told cloak that no way could he see his family or tell anyone. (That should be a big conversation) But to be fair I've really only read them a couple times so there could be some things I'm missing out on with them. ~Ashley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    eam-up! We got ourselves an awesome team-up! But first: Miles off the webs for a year, getting his feet and a little love life under him. Which is good, considering the shit he went through last year. I mean, Bendis sure knows which strings to pull and how hard - then tugs a little harder. Just to make sure we're still in. Once the supes show up, this book gets all sinister and fun all at the same time. Cloak and Dagger get an updated origin (one that makes a tad more sense than "don't do drugs" eam-up! We got ourselves an awesome team-up! But first: Miles off the webs for a year, getting his feet and a little love life under him. Which is good, considering the shit he went through last year. I mean, Bendis sure knows which strings to pull and how hard - then tugs a little harder. Just to make sure we're still in. Once the supes show up, this book gets all sinister and fun all at the same time. Cloak and Dagger get an updated origin (one that makes a tad more sense than "don't do drugs" garbage from Nancy Reagan), we see the corporate strings being played, and Spider-Woman finally comes clean with Miles. So that once we get to meet Ultimate Taskmaster, the fight scenes are pretty spectacular. I'm a pretty big fan of the re-imagined supes in Ultimate Marvel U. Thor as an environmental hippie/mental case, Venom as a science experiment, Spider-Woman a clone, Reed Richards as a boy genius/butthurt lunatic... There's lots of fun every time an Ultimate version of a Marvel character shows up. I like finding out what's different about them, and what stuff the creators have tossed and kept. I'm an alternaverse kinda guy (as long as it's not Claremont chatting his way through a paper-thin plot). Must be why I'm loving Hickman's universes-colliding storyline and am so stoked to see 616 and Ultimate U merge. Anyhoo, did I mention I liked Ultimate Taskmaster? Wait til you see how they changed this dude's threat potential. And the climactic confrontation? Spoiler alert: Totally satisfying. Can't wait to see where this goes next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Oh Miles, it wouldn't be Spider-man if everything was easy for you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    3.5. I enjoyed this, although I feel like the whole 'Spider-man no more' thing kinda wrapped up pretty quickly... I love Jessica Drew though, and it was cool to see Miles team up with some other heroes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    This one definitely brings Spider-Man into the more complete Ultimate Universe. We've got some team-up characters going here. Cloak and Dagger are kinda interesting, but they didn't have a lot to do. Jessica Drew, Spider-Agent of SHIELD was fine, but how many clubs do you have to be in? Clone club, Spidey Club, SHIELD Club. Then there was 'Splosion Lady or whatever she was called. She did 'Splosions. Of course, a team-up of heroes means we also had a bad guy team-up. You got your blonde lady who This one definitely brings Spider-Man into the more complete Ultimate Universe. We've got some team-up characters going here. Cloak and Dagger are kinda interesting, but they didn't have a lot to do. Jessica Drew, Spider-Agent of SHIELD was fine, but how many clubs do you have to be in? Clone club, Spidey Club, SHIELD Club. Then there was 'Splosion Lady or whatever she was called. She did 'Splosions. Of course, a team-up of heroes means we also had a bad guy team-up. You got your blonde lady who can fly or something, you've got Douche Sinister, who looks like Mister Sinister's a-hole son, some old guy who could Hulk out like that old man in that video game...you know, the one they had at Pizza Hut. What system was that game on? Pizza Hut. [10 minutes of Googling...] FATAL FURY! Anyway, a bunch of stuff happened, but not a lot of it felt super significant. This book felt to me like a transition between the series' start and a new direction, which was cool, but overall didn't give me a ton of goings on in this volume. But we DID at least get some Spider-Man being Spider-Man, which seemed like a win to me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    Ya can't help but like that Miles Morales, can ya? Sure he is a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttllllllllleeeee bit like Peter Parker (see my previous reviews-heh heh heh) But still, ya can't help it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Brock

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoilers! I was so WRONG in my review of the last volume! I thought it really wasn't clear regarding the fate of Miles' Mom... Like a true misleading comic book cliffhanger, I believed at the beginning of this volume, we will simply learn that she is severely wounded/hospitalized, or has sustained some kind of long term effect from her wounds... In no way did I truly expect the writers to kill her off, no way I believed it was going to happen...and then BAM! The opening recap: She is DEAD!!! Bot Spoilers! I was so WRONG in my review of the last volume! I thought it really wasn't clear regarding the fate of Miles' Mom... Like a true misleading comic book cliffhanger, I believed at the beginning of this volume, we will simply learn that she is severely wounded/hospitalized, or has sustained some kind of long term effect from her wounds... In no way did I truly expect the writers to kill her off, no way I believed it was going to happen...and then BAM! The opening recap: She is DEAD!!! Both TRAGIC and EPIC! So terrible, yet so great for character development. Miles was so young and still super inexperienced, truly I didn't believe Marvel had the guts to do that move, but they did and the story was far better for it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Addyson Huneke

    Didn’t really like it. The story was okay, but it didn’t really feel like a Spidey story. No fun super villains. Also not a fan of Miles, as a person or as Spider-Man. Peter Parker will always be the only Spider-Man in my book. It felt like there was massive hole left in the story where Peter Parker has been and his death made the story slow and sad. Almost no humor whatsoever, which is what makes a Spidey story a Spidey story. Probably won’t pursue the Miles Morales storyline.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Miles deals with a tragic event and Bendis handles it expertly. Miles' struggles with emotions are effecting his friends and it reads true. Obviously the Spider-Man side of his life will always play a part and we get a really menacing antagonist(s) and a new group of powered teens. Very fun. I didn't love the updated Taskmaster. Dave Marquez delivered amazingly good pencils. Overall, another very good USM read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    I absolutely love Miles and the supporting characters of this series. The plot was amazing and kept me turning pages constantly. Can't wait to read more of him and see him continue to develop not only as Spider-Man, but as a character.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Omar Alhashimi

    Pretty disappointing after last volume which was one of the best. I don't know why they are trying to force this "team" of teen heroes with the new spiderman. It distracts from the story and journey of spiderman. Hopefully the next volume is better

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lucille

    (Read as single issues on Marvel Unlimited!) I really liked all the teaming up on this one! Also loved that Dagger's costume isn't sexualised at all!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Such a satisfying conclusion to the main arc. I'll definitely be reading whatever's next. 5/5.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    Lackluster ending of the series. Miles quit and there are other super hero youngsters. Whatever.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    YAY first arc done!!! This was so much fun...took a little bit to really hit its stride but I absolutely loved it in the end.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Frans Karlsson

    Miles stops being Spider-man and one year later finds himself up against Roxxon when the ultimate Cloak and Dagger shows up.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    Very memorable book, one of the better comic book seires i have evry read

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Dailey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Parts of this seemed rushed. The time jump is a bit abrupt. Enjoyed Cloak and Dagger's intro and Kate Bishop

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Read as single issues

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A good restart but yeah...look another tie-in to ANOTHER event... I really liked the end of the last arc and the decisions leading up to this 'Spider-Man No More' arc, the emotions were real and the stakes were real. So, how is Bendis and Co. going to put Miles back into the suit? World: The art is good, the action is still a bit static for my taste but the art is great when it comes to the quiet moments and the facial expressions. The art is really good at doing those emotional moments and to me, A good restart but yeah...look another tie-in to ANOTHER event... I really liked the end of the last arc and the decisions leading up to this 'Spider-Man No More' arc, the emotions were real and the stakes were real. So, how is Bendis and Co. going to put Miles back into the suit? World: The art is good, the action is still a bit static for my taste but the art is great when it comes to the quiet moments and the facial expressions. The art is really good at doing those emotional moments and to me, those are more important than just action scenes. The world building here is also strong with the Roxxon angle and the kids, it's clever and presented slowly giving just enough of the world for the reader to get into the story. Good stuff! Story: On an emotional level it was great, the time Miles spends out of the suit and talking to be people and debating about his future is gold, that's the best part about this story. The pacing is good, with the personal and the bigger arc unfolding well. I did find that once the action started the the character development stop and I started caring less. I don't know, maybe I just find the story much more interesting when he's out of the suit. There is a lot of character development this arc and I love it, so I found the Roxxon stuff kinda just meh. I am unhappy with the next story being a event tie-in again, but man...after the last one we are at it again... Characters: This is the heart of this arc and the series. Miles is great, his decision to not be Spider-Man makes sense and his decisions feel real, as do the opinions of his friends and family. The journey he goes through to step back into the suit makes sense and the push from all angles was written very well. Gwen being there was great as was Spider-Woman giving both characters a whole bunch of character development and also assisting in Miles development also. It hit emotionally and it was written very well. Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger are interesting characters, but we did not really get a whole lot of them in terms of development, Cloak and Dagger get a bit more, but I'm excited to see where they go with this young team. Overall strong and if this part is strong the book is good. I liked it, it was not as good as the last arc but it was still fun, the delay of Miles getting back into the suit was good and the grander arc is interesting although I still like the quieter moments. Shame that we now have to jump right into ANOTHER event...zzz... Onward to the next book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    This book collects Issues 28-33 of Ultimate Comics Spider-man and is set one year after the previous volume as Miles Morales has been out of action for a year following the death of his mother in the previous volume. Meanwhile, some teenagers who have received amazing powers as result of illegal experiment are being unleashed on the city. The story is generally good, but it's not without problems. The biggest is in the "Spider-man No More" storyline. Miles is incredibly surly to everyone who is e This book collects Issues 28-33 of Ultimate Comics Spider-man and is set one year after the previous volume as Miles Morales has been out of action for a year following the death of his mother in the previous volume. Meanwhile, some teenagers who have received amazing powers as result of illegal experiment are being unleashed on the city. The story is generally good, but it's not without problems. The biggest is in the "Spider-man No More" storyline. Miles is incredibly surly to everyone who is even gently trying to get him back into the Superhero game or in general. While aging the character a year is a good thing, I think that this year of not being Spider-man almost makes him seem too passive and even what gets him back into being Spider-man is less a de, cision and more something he's pushed into. I also think there are far too many people hassling him about it at once. It's repetitive and what's worse, we don't really get to see Miles thought process because we're just hearing everyone trying to push. However, once we get past that, and to Jessica Drew's plot, there's a lot to like as we meet young people with superpowers. We learn their back stories and they're interesting people who don't react in ways that are typical of comic books. And then everything is set up for all sorts of awesomeness to break forth in Issue 33, which it does. SO, while this book is probably the weakest of the five volumes, once the main storyline really gets started, it really is another solid read.

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