Miles Morales Spider-Man #17 Review

Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Art: David Curiel, VC’s Cory Petit, and Javier Garrón
Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 10th, 2020

Since it’s been a while, let me remind you what Miles was up too before the Shutdown. He was babysitting. Remember that? Yea, babysitting meant fighting in the sewers with his baby sister along for the ride in a cool-down issue with a twist. The twist? Ultimatum showed he knows a whole lot about Miles and Aaron and just about everything else! It’s a good reveal since Ahmed hasn’t done a whole lot with Ultimatum in a while. Hopefully, that trend continues, and we get a kick-butt issue this month!

While we get a mention of the Outlawed Event on the first page, I’m not going to let that get me down. Some of my favorite recent issues of Spider-Man have been one-shots where we get to see Spidey just being a nice guy. Peter recently got one in Spectacular that may or may not (it did!) made me cry with Spiderbite, and Miles gets his turn this month. He helps a middle-schooler, Kenneth, who is bullied just for being himself. Miles records a “you mess with Kenneth, you mess with me,” PSA and heads off. I feel that Kenneth will be designing some new Spider-duds soon, and I am all for it!

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We continue with Miles heading off to school when he runs into C.R.A.D.L.E. Oh yea, that Outlawed thing IS still going on! I guess nobody cares about my hopes and dreams, after all! Besides that, though, Ahmed does a good job reminding readers of the “event,” and it leads to some exciting action. The action scenes in this book are always on point, and this is no exception.

We end the issue with some more Outlawed stuff, this time with Miles and his parents discussing the new laws over dinner. Then we get a crazy cliffhanger that is intriguing, but not as great as the last couple in this series. Sill, Ahmed gives fans enough to enjoy, even if they aren’t that into Outlawed just yet. This book is best when focused on family, and I am glad that Saladin never forgets that.

Final Thoughts:

Miles is finally back, and while this issue ties heavily into Outlawed, Saldin Ahmed does a great job with it. The issue mixes a feel-good moment with some family time, all wrapped into the Outlawed event looming over all the young hero books. I highly recommend checking this issue out!


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