Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: GENERATIONS: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1


[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Brian Michael Bendis
ART: Ramon Perez
COLORS: Msassyk
LETTERS: VC's Cory Petit
COVER: Ramón Pérez with Msassyk
VARIANT COVERS: Chris Sprouse and Karl Story with Justin Ponsor; Olivier Coipel with Laura Martin
36pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (November 2017)

Rated T+

Spider-Man created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko; Miles Morales created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli

“The Spiders”

Generations is an event limited comic book series from Marvel Comics.  It is a planned 10-issue anthology comic, published weekly.  Each issue is written and drawn by a different creative team, and each issue will feature a different team-up of a classic Marvel superhero with his or her modern-day counterpart.  The series is meant to unite the legacy of classic Marvel Comics characters with the next generation of heroes as both move into the future of Marvel Comics storytelling.

The ninth issue (at least by my count) is Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man, which brings together two versions of the classic Marvel Comics character, Spider-Man.  The first is the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, who first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (cover date: August 1962).  The second was once known as the Ultimate Spider-Man; he is Miles Morales who first appeared in Ultimate Fallout #4 (cover dated: August 2011), and who now lives in the Marvel Universe as simply Spider-Man.  This issue of Generations is written by Brian Michael Bendis; drawn by Ramón Pérez; colored by Msassyk; and lettered by Cory Petit.

Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1 (“The Spiders”) opens with Miles Morales who discovers that he went from where he was to somewhere else.  But where?  He is in the stall of a public restroom, but this isn't just any public restroom.  It's the men's restroom at the college where Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, is an incoming freshman.

This version of Peter Parker does not know Miles Morales, and Parker is about to face one of the most difficult battles of his life, as his precious Aunt May lies near death.  So Miles asks himself, “Why am I here, now, to witness this time in Peter's life.”

Of late, artist Ramón Pérez is the go-to-guy when Marvel wants to replicate and recall the early Steve Ditko Spider-Man comic books.  Pérez offers his most impressionistic take on Ditko's Spider-Man yet.  I think that this is appropriate as Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1 is supposed to have a dream-like quality, making it less about plot and setting and more about what is discovered in the story.

Bendis makes this tale Miles' story and the point is that Miles is supposed to learn something from Peter Parker.  What he learns is surprising, and I have to give Bendis credit because initially I did not see a reason for this story; Miles and Peter have team-up quite a bit in the recent past.  So Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1 is redundant... except, don't call this a team-up.  True insight can be gained!  I won't call this one of the better Generations entries, but it is a novel approach to bringing familiar characters together.

7 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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