Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Art: Carmen Nunez Carnero and Javi Garron
Release Date: October 7th, 2020
Last issue we got a lot! From C.R.A.D.L.E. to Mile’s parents being attacked by what looks like Ultimatum to even Miles himself getting abducted by Assessor. Makes the reader think, how much is connected and try and think what the writer is even thinking. Usually, with all of this stuff happening, I would feel like the writer is going to have more stuff than they can handle their book. But so far, in Ahmed we trust. Ahmed has not let me down, so I trust that whatever Saladin does, I will enjoy what he does. Let’s dive in and see what we have here…
The issue has two-story plots to them, an Outlawed story plot, and see what’s up with Miles. We open up the issue with C.R.A.D.L.E., and all the students they arrested. And out of nowhere, we see that congresswoman’s back up in Captain America. And it feels a bit weird to have him there. Besides it being odd to have Steve there, would not mind if Ahmed writes a Captain America mini-series because I enjoy his Steve Rogers “voice”. Hopefully, more is to come with Steve in this book. Whenever an out of place character show up in a book, like Captain America showing up in Miles, one has to ask why him? And really hope it isn’t just why not, and hopefully there is a reason.
The other story plot, dealing with Miles and the Assessor. We see that Miles isn’t the only one tied down to the chair, as we see Uncle Aaron is there as well and unconscious. But the surprises aren’t over as that fake Spider-Man that we saw in the last issue, was a Miles clone (one that doesn’t look as good as Miles, unfortunately). The next surprise is Ultimatum hired Assessor to kidnap Miles. I am glad that is what came to be. I had a feeling that they were working together. To me, it just upped how big and important Ultimatum is in the villain’s book.
Finally, Miles sees who is the man behind the mask. And frankly, I thought the reveal would get a bigger shock out of Spidey. At first, the artwork showed them looking the same, which they should. But as the issue goes on, the artwork is slacking and they don’t really look very similar. Thankfully Aaron wakes up to help Miles, but he’s going to need all the help he can get.
I enjoyed this issue but not as much as I have been digging this run. Feels like if we didn’t have to deal with the Outlawed stuff, more could have happened. The art was good throughout the issue, but some minor stuff like some panels needed more details, wish the artwork of both Miles were the same, and wish the artwork made me feel at times. A comic should make you feel anything from both the writing and the artwork. The issue did have action scenes but they weren’t as cool to look at as past issues.