Miles Morales: Spider-Man #21 Review

Writer: Saladin Ahmed

Art: Marcelo Ferreira and Inhyuk Lee

Price: $3.99

Release Date: December 2nd, 2020

Well time to get the finale of the Ultimatum story, and not going to lie, he hasn’t impressed me. He has so much going for him with his suit and his attitude, but it looks like it was all for show. I have faith in Ahmed but feels like that trust is being thinned out issue by issue. Let’s dive in and see what we have for our showdown!

We begin our issue with some straight-up action and that is basically what this issue is, nothing but a battle. Now, I should be glad because I am a guy who loves a great action scence, but the art makes it hard to follow at times. We do get a mini team-up of Captain America and Miles as they face off against Ultimatum. It’s about time we get to see the suit in some real action because that’s one of the highlights of the issue! It’s a shame that it took so long to show the reader how badass Ultimatum could be.

Now, Ultimatum has been set on sending Miles and his family back to the Ultimate Universe, but Uncle Aaron figures out a way to stop all of this while taking down Ultimatum and Goblin and the Goblinoids all at once. After all the buildup, it feels like a forced way just to finish this story in one clean sweep. Of course, the plan works and I was left feeling like the story never got fully going as far as Ultimatum was concerned. Sure, we got his motivation, but nothing went past a few surface-level details and now that he’s gone, I realize that I wanted more.

The Ultimatum story ends with Aaron making the heroes choice, getting his redemption and giving Miles that Spider-Verse moment all rolled up into one. Since coming over to the 616, Miles needed that “Spidey tragedy” and Ahmed gives it to him. There were some feels by the end, but I wish we got a little more overall. The ending did set up a connection with Miles and Cap, though I think Cap might not love getting yelled at about personal loss from a teenaged hero much.

Final Thoughts

Eh, the issue was good but feels like Ahmed was planning more but choose to hold back. With all the setup that lead us to this finale, I was expecting a bit more. Ultimatum was a cool threat, but now goes in the books as a bit of a missed opportunity and that’s a real shame. Still, there were some feels to be had by the end and I want to see where we go from here.


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