Home invasion is a horrifying idea. It’s one that scares everyone. The feeling is one of violation. It’s heightened when you’re a super hero as there are even more dangers. Miles Morales came home to find that not only that someone had broken into his house and messed up all his things, but they’re wearing his costume too. This was already unsettling and now it’s downright weird.
What really amplifies Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18 (and what has been a standout of this series from the start) is how the family dynamic plays into it. Writer Saladin Ahmed pulls Miles’ parents and newborn sister into the mix. They’re not at home when this happens, but they’re in just as much danger. This heightens everything about this storyline.
Ahmed also seamlessly ties the recent events of Outlawed into this arc. This idea of a new law that prohibits underage heroes has kind of fell along the wayside in the wake of War of the Realms and Empyre so the excitement was waning. That is definitely not the case here as it has direct ramifications for Miles’ life.
The action in Miles Morales: Spider-man #18 is off the charts. Artist Carmen Carnero creates a dynamic battle that goes through Brooklyn as the two Spiders clash. Although they look identical, it’s easy to tell which one is Miles. Our hero carries himself differently than his attacker. This foe looks more menacing as he stalks Spider-Man. This contrasts with the lanky, yet slightly awkward movements of Miles. While he’s confident in his abilities, he’s still knocked on his heels as he’s trying to figure out what’s going on.
You can see some of this in Miles’ words and how he speaks. Letterer Cory Petit adds some extra emotion to Miles’ speech after he puts on the mask so we get an idea of how he’s saying each piece of dialogue. More importantly, we understand the stress he’s under here.
This entire issue takes place at night with each scene lit by the streetlights of the city. Colorist David Curiel makes Miles and his attacker shine in their costumes as they fight all over the place. The energy from their venom stings is off the charts, creating an explosion on the page that adds to the intensity of the battle.
All of this builds to one of the best cliffhangers this book has ever seen. It ties up a few loose ends while also linking up with Outlawed. It really ups the ante for this series. If the rest of the Outlawed tie-ins are this solid, we’re in for a treat.