As Secret Wars comes to Marvel and the Ultimate Universe comes to an end, Bendis and Marquez wrap up the final arc of Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man by giving the character (and his supporting cast) in the Ultimate U a great send off that is as good as readers have come to expect from this title.
Brian Michael Bendis has crafted something very special with Ultimate Spider-Man, and he wraps it up with a pretty bow with this issue. This arc with Doom and HYDRA has been a lot of fun and rather than just letting it float off into the sunset, Bendis closes it out with a bang, bringing in the whole band and letting the fists fly. Miles is as awesome as ever, his positive nature and courage on full display and he has some great moments to close this series out. While we know he will be returning in Secret Wars and afterward, there is a finality to this issue and I applaud Bendis and Marquez for jamming as much goodness as possible into this comic. We get to see Miles cut loose in a way we never have before, showing what this kid is capable of and just how powerful he is when inhibition is put to the side. This made me very excited for the character going forward, and gave this issue a lot of life. There are some great moments with characters that may not make it out of the Ultimate U as well, and what could be their final interactions with Miles are very well written. This issue features a really well told story featuring dynamic characters with great personalities and some big action. This is superhero comics at their best.
David Marquez is a beast. I’ve written often about how skilled he is, and this issue is just another example of that. Marquez is a great storyteller and his characters are expressive, powerful, dynamic and have extremely well showcased emotions. Marquez conveys emotion brilliantly while delivering awesome action sequences as well. He’s a top flight talent and his work with Bendis on this series has been exceptional. Issue #12 is page after page of Marquez crushing it, with Justin Ponsor taking excellent pencils and somehow making them soar even higher. This art team is as good as it gets and I have to give a shout out to the Easter eggs Marquez worked into this issue. There is a moment in the precinct that occurs in the background that is brilliant, and adds an emotional layer to this conclusion.
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #12 is a fantastic conclusion to one of the greatest comic book runs of all time. Bendis and Marquez are two of the best in the business and they delivered great work with this comic. See you on the other side, Miles.
The Verdict: 10/10