The tale of Jefferson Davis begins to unravel as Miles and his Dad have a chat about his complex past…
Brian Michael Bendis slows the pace of Ultimate Spider-Man down big time with this look back in time, taking readers back to when Jefferson was a young man and being pulled into organized crime by his brother. This trip down memory lane takes some interesting twists that start to highlight why Jefferson has had such a strong reaction to Miles’ powers. This issue is a rather slow burn and while it starts to go interesting places, I couldn’t help but feel like certain points were beaten like the proverbial horse and the story does seem to stall out because of it. While this is not poorly written, and there are very interesting elements in here, it is only the first part of the story and will always feel unfulfilled until the next issue drops.
David Marquez changes up his style with this issue and gives it the tone of a 70s cop flick. It works very well, and for being primarily a flashback issue, this comic has a great look and feel. Marquez is as solid an artist as there is in comics today and this issue shows his versatility well. The colour work by Justin Ponsor drives the feeling of looking into the past home. Marquez and Ponsor are a dynamic duo that seemingly can’t miss, and I’m just fine with that.
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #8 is a solid issue with some interesting elements that will most likely build into something powerful in the next issue. This is a serious pace drop from past issues, but it is not poorly written or penciled by any stretch of the imagination. Bendis, Marquez and Ponsor are a strong team and the next issue is sure to have some huge moments within it.
The Verdict: 7.5/10