Miles Morales’ Clone Saga comes to an end in a gloriously and tragically beautiful way as the brutal and stunning artwork showcases the final battle between Miles and Selim, who battle for their very lives. The issue hits the ground running and doesn’t stop till it reaches the end, which is satisfying and also unsatisfying at the same time.
While the 1990’s version of a Spider-Man ‘Clone Saga’ lasted over two years and spanned a whole ton of issues, the modern version has sped through such a story in just four issues. The origins have been told, the first battles were fought and the stakes were set as the ‘Clone Saga’ reaches its conclusion.
As noted in previous reviews, this version of the story arc has played the nostalgia card sparingly (only really in the title, premise, and Peter Parker’s part in the first issues) while making sure to avoid much of what is derided about the ’90s storyline. One could make the argument on either side that the speed of this storyline is either a pro or a con. This issue speeds all along as it’s pretty much 90% a fight/conflict issue as the clone problem is dealt with.
Saladin Ahmed packs quite a bit into these four issues both plot and character-wise, especially continuing showcasing the heavy family angle of this run for Miles. It is possible to note that having this be a shorter arc is a good call since there are so many long story arcs going on in some of its fellow books while also noting that it might have benefitted from one more issue to feel a little less like it had to hurry up to a finish line.
Overall, the conclusion is satisfying as Miles saves the day and gains a friend/brother in the process. That being said, the way that two truly villainous clones were dealt with felt a bit off for how they had been all this time. They had been striving to survive and take down Miles once he crossed their path, for them to basically explode in midair when one betrays the other doesn’t feel satisfying. That being said, it’s comic books so without seeing bodies there is no guarantee that we won’t see Selim or Mindspinner again at some point.
Carmen Carnero, David Curiel, and Cory Petit continue their stellar work and carry a lot of what this issue needs to convey. The art doesn’t shy away from the brutality of what happens to Miles’ father or the brutal battle between Miles and Selim on the bridge (Spiders really should stay away from the bridges, nothing good happens there). There are a number of stunning pages, including the full panel page of Selim holding baby Billie hostage or the one where the two characters first begin to clash, that showcase how gorgeous Carnero and Curiel’s work is together. They are such a solid pairing.
This gets mentioned in so many of my reviews, but I’m a big fan of artists that play with panel placement and this team is definitely of that mindset. Overlapping panels and the white space borders add to the urgency and openness of what is happening on-page.
Petit makes sure to throw in a variety of ways to showcase what everyone is going through with the altering of the fonts of their words or the sizes or the hesitations/pauses in their speech. While dropping in well-placed SFX. Less is more often with SFX and this book follows that as much of the fight doesn’t have any other than some small Thwips here or there before going all in at the end when the fight turns literally explosive.
Overall, this story arc plays at Marvel nostalgia but fits for Miles because it never loses the Miles Morales feeling. This is very much his story and fits his world and isn’t a mirror to Peter’s story or experience in almost any way. While the ending might feel slightly rushed, it’s still very solid and hits the marks it needs to.
How this will change Miles going forward, as he came so close to losing everything because of versions of himself.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #28 is now on sale in print and digitally from Marvel Comics.