Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by David Marquez, Justin Ponsor
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 17, 2014

Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor return to deliver another stellar issue with Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #5.

I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but month in and month out Brian Michael Bendis is bringing his A-game to Ultimate Spider-Man. This fifth issue is another winner as Bendis muddies the already confused world of Miles Morales by bringing in Peter Parker in a big way and giving Miles a new ally that he’s not entirely sure if he can trust fully. The more complicated Miles’ life gets the better this series is and Bendis is not hitting the brakes at all – this series is full on the accelerator at all times. We’ve got action, mystery, intense drama…it’s all here, folks. The dialogue in this issue is superb and moments between J. Jonah Jameson and an iconic villain steal the show, showing a side of JJJ that we don’t see often. This world Bendis is building is so rock solid – not a single character falters – that I find myself worrying about this book crashing at some point. A run this good can only last so long, right? But issues like #5 show that there is no signs of trouble on the horizon, Brian Michael Bendis has a plan and he knows these characters inside and out. This is a well written comic in what has been a fantastic series thus far and I cannot compliment Bendis’ approach to these characters enough.

David Marquez and Justin Ponsor bring Bendis’ writing to life with some of the best art in comics today. Marquez’s line work is fantastic, consistently strong from start to finish and a perfect match for the story being told. He handles the action sequences brilliantly and balances them with the dramatic sequences very well, with neither ever outshining the other. His layouts and camera angles keep the issue visually intriguing and fresh and the eye can easily flow across pages without any awkward hitches. Justin Ponsor’s colour work seals the deal, giving the pencils a richness and dynamic energy that sets the tone for the issue very well. Saying these two work well together is a massive understatement, as they are one of the best 1-2 art punches in comics.

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #5 is a damn good comic. This creative team is as strong as it gets and this volume is showcasing some of their best work yet. This issue is just another example of how great Miles Morales is as a lead character, and how strong the Ultimate Universe can be when it is firing on all cylinders. If you aren’t reading this series, you’re missing something special and I highly recommend you get your hands on the issues soon – you’ll be wanting issue #6 as badly as I do.

The Verdict: 9.0/10


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