Neither An Ending Nor A Beginning: Reviewing ‘Miles Morales: Spider-Man’ #29

by Scott Redmond

Overview

Miles Morales Clone Saga aftermath spends a lot of time speeding through plotlines that could have been fodder for issues to come, with little focus on the actual fallout from having multiple rogue Spider-Mans running around causing trouble. A relatively low moment for an otherwise enjoyable series.

Overall
7/10
7/10

‘The Clone Saga’ has come to an end, and now it’s time for Miles Morales to reflect. That’s what he does in an issue that is billed as fallout for the recent event arc and it exists in a place somewhere between an epilogue and a prologue for what is to come.

This issue heavily relies upon the concept of narration through Miles’ journal which has been a regular feature since the series launch. It serves as a way to do a somewhat recap of the events of the story arc as well as drop-in a lot of Miles’ feelings, which can be interesting. Though at times it can be a bit of an info dump, telling rather than showing, sort of situation at times.

There hasn’t been a ton of time to really focus on Miles and his world and how he copes with stuff, which is a shame because Saladin Ahmed does some really good work with the character, especially in these quieter character-focused moments.

That being said, there are way too many of the threads that were open to being explored in the last arc that are far too easily wrapped up in this issue. While it makes sense, the Ganke/Barbara stuff is just wiped out off-page. The remaining clone Shift’s ticking clock situation is wrapped up all because of a sneeze. Even the lead up/call back to how Miles gets his new costume feels a bit rushed just to get everything settled away for the next arc.

There is a lot of stuff that would have worked even more if they had been given an issue or two to really breathe and be fleshed out more. Even the ending feels somewhat abrupt in a “Wait that was the end?” sort of way. Truly the story of this book is a lot of potential that just needs more room to actually be realized.

Chris Allen’s artwork within the issue is interesting. There are a lot of panels that do some really intriguing things with the placement of panels and characters that are bursting out of them as well as using white space well. Miles is probably the character that looks the best and most like himself, while some of the others such as his mother Rio and Ganke look a bit off from the depictions we just saw the last arc or in previous issues. Not a ton but their faces are not 100% like what we’ve seen, and at times some of the faces seem a little elongated or not fully detailed.

There are also a few instances where the perspective seems a bit off, like the scene where Miles looks upon his ripped costume. His bulk almost seems Hulk-like or as if he suddenly had the body-altering abilities of his clone Shift. Then there is Shift who just looks bizarre a bit when he’s out of his costume, very far from where he looked the last few issues.

Different interpretations happen in comics, but it’s very noticeable when things take a far different turn from what they looked like an issue or two before. It’s not a thing that messes up the story, but it’s noticeable.

David Curiel’s colors are a bit more muted here in this issue, almost a slightly washed out palette choice, which works as a complement to the style of Allen’s artwork. In a way, it also fits with this being an in-the-middle type of issue, that has a lot of weight upon it from both sides. Miles’ view right now is sort of dim about a lot of things, and the world reflects that around him.

Cory Petit does great as usual and makes the large number of journal captions look interesting and fit alongside the large amount of dialogue that needs to be dropped in this issue. It’s through the dialogue and the pieces used for emphasis that the intended emotions are felt and put on display here.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #29 is now on sale in print and digitally from Marvel Comics.

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