Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ultimate Spider-Man #3 Review

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli
Colorist: Justin Ponsor

Ultimate Spider-Man #3 follows both Miles and Ganke as they’ve both come to the realization that Miles is Spider-Man. And what should he do? I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take Bendis to get Miles into the suit and start crawling on rooftops. I think the answer is: when he’s ready. This is a slow burn and Miles actually taking Peter’s place seems to be a drawn out effort -- In a good way.

Miles is strongly reluctant to take on the burden of inhuman abilities, but his friend Ganke thinks it’s the coolest thing ever. Having super-power seems equivalent to being a disease-carrying monster. Miles knows he will be segregated like he has the Black Plague, so he’s having an anxiety attack trying to figure out what’s happening. He just wants a normal life, which sadly he will never have.

It’s almost like Miles is going through puberty…only this may be a lot more drastic than a simple deepening on the voice. Ganke takes is all in stride and he reacts like the reader: that being Spider-Man would be amazing. Is it really?

Miles doesn’t want the responsibility anymore than Peter did. Yet when a gift – or curse – is thrust upon you, and it allows you to save lives, your normal life ends. Miles will have to juggle his time spent at school and his new powers, a direct similarity to a young Peter Parker. Sure it’s familiar, but Spider-Man relating to the common man defines him.

Miles will be compared to Peter forever. And we still don’t have a firm grasp on Miles as an individual. Saving a lady from a burning building one time isn’t enough, Miles, this is your career now, can you handle it?

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