Genres: Graphic Novel
I am having a hard time finding a book that captures my attention. I don’t know if it’s due to two full years of being on reading selection committees or if I am just burnt out on books for young adults. The last time I picked up a random YA book to read was in May. I haven’t been able to break out of that YA slump. But I am finally reading. I started on Marvel Comics which I have never done and fell in love.
Miles Morales is a 13-year-old half Puerto Rican, half black teen living in Brooklyn and he just found out he won a lottery to a new charter school. He feels guilty he got in over other kids, he goes off to see his uncle and tell him the good news.
Unbeknownst to Miles, his uncle is also known as The Prowler. The Prowler successfully broke into the Oscorp labs to steal the formula recreated from Peter Parker’s blood that made him Spider-Man. While there, a genetically modified spider crawls into his bag and he unwittingly brings it home. The spider bites Miles while he is at his uncle’s house and he gains superhuman abilities similar to those of Peter Parker. Miles does not tell his parents as his dad hates those that are mutants or have superhuman abilities. He only tells his best friend Ganke Lee.
Miles does not want these newfound abilities and doesn’t like the idea of of risking his life for heroics. But after he sees Peter Parker die at the hands of the Green Goblin, Miles realizes he could have helped and maybe save Peter. After Ganke’s urging, and learning what motivated Peter from Gwen Stacy, Miles decides to become to new Spider-Man.
On his first solo crime fighting night, he runs into people who think this new Spider-Man is in bad taste. They include Spider-Woman who unmasks and arrests Miles. She takes him to S.H.I.E.L.D. where Nick Fury reveals he knows everything about his family, including his criminal of an uncle. While at S.H.I.E.L.D. Miles helps subdue and capture an escaped supervillain. This prompts Fury to release Miles and give him a new, darker suit to use effectively making him the new Spider-Man.
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume II, aka Miles Morales’ origin story, is fantastic! The story is compelling and a lot of other heroes and characters make appearances that help Miles on his journey.