Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by David Marquez
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 15, 2014

Straight up, this comic book kicks some serious ass.

Brian Michael Bendis brings the noise in this issue, unleashing Miles Morales in a way we haven’t seen all that often. His potential has always been huge, but seeing this character go full tilt and not hold back is a riot to read. Bendis is throwing all kinds of smoke in this issue, hitting with emotional beats revolving around Peter Parker, drama with J. Jonah Jameson and full on action with Miles. This story never falters for a second and is one of the most entertaining comics I have read this year. Bendis’ mastery of these characters is apparent on every page and while he puts them in precarious positions that seem grim, there is an optimism that is ever present in this comic. The exchanges between Peter and Miles are fantastic and this issue feels like a moment that will be remembered in the Miles saga as a step toward growing up (even more than the character has already). This entire cast grows more likable by the issue and how Bendis brings a fresh spin to relationships that have been around for decades is impressive. The ever present Spider-Man energy and charm is all over this comic and the dynamic of having the two Spider-Men exist in the same series is dynamite so far.

David Marquez….you are a beast. Marquez brings fire and fury to Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #6, crushing every single page in this comic. The layouts are superb, the execution of his pencils phenomenal. The action sequences are fluid and exciting to read and the emotional beats of the issue hit like a hammer. The story is fantastic, but this comic would be worth every penny just to look at the art. Marquez’s work is good, but he outdid himself in this comic and I am starting to find myself at a loss for words with respect to how good David Marquez is. The colour work by Justin Ponsor and Jason Keith adds the right amount of punch to make the art soar, and I’m beginning to wonder if this team can fail (I certainly hope they don’t).

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #6 is about as good as it gets in superhero comics. This is a brilliantly executed story by a pair of wizards who have built this series into one of my top reads whenever it is released. I cannot recommend this issue and this series highly enough. I’m going to be back for more as soon as is humanly possible.

The Verdict: 10/10


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