Spider-man #3

spider-man-3

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Sara Pichelli

Colors by Justin Ponsor

 

Spider-man #3 is not the book it used to be. I say that both from a positive and negative viewpoint. The book seems to be more interested in where Miles stands with other superheroes than prior runs. So far it’s been an enjoyable mess of a run.

The issue begins as Miles’ grandmother berates him for having bad grades at school. This last for a good portion of the issue and is actually the part I was looking forward to most. However, the segment last too long and the character of his grandmother devolves into a cliche. While not a terrible part of this issue, this part of the issue just felt like Bendis giving Miles some at home troubles to deal with while being Spider-man.

 

Kamala Khan meets up with Miles’ in his bedroom to tell him he missed an Avengers meeting. While this seems like an unnecessary reminder that Miles is an Avengers, the relationship between these two is fun enough that I didn’t mind it too much. We later get a segment of Black Cat trying to get Hammerhead to go after the new Spider-man. This is the most intriguing part of the book so far. Having Hammerhead and Black Cat go after Miles is a welcome change after all Miles has been through with Secret Wars.  It would be nice change of pace for him to have more street level grounded enemies for a bit.

 

Bendis is having an issue finding something interesting for Miles Morales to do. The first three issues has proven him and Pichelli know this character well, but so far he hasn’t done much. The Avengers showing up in issues one and two slow down this story’s progress and we are finally getting to the story. The enemies coming for Miles will hopefully bring some much needed excitement to what has been, so far, just okay title.
Marvin’s rating – 7/10

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