Monday, July 4, 2016

Spider-Man #5 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Mondays

Kitty's Got Claws!

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Sara Pichelli, Gaetano Carlucci, Justin Ponsor, Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Publisher: Marvel Comics

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Man, it's been a long time since I sat down and read myself some Spider-Man...... Hell, I think the last time I did Doctor Octopus was wearing Peter Parker's meat suit and the time before that, Peter was getting an Iron-Spider suit from Tony Stark...... Well, I have read a couple of issues sporadically throughout that time, but those were the big points.  So imagine my surprise when I go and open this book and see Miles Morales rocking this title, when last I left him he was doing whatever a spider could in the Ultimate Universe.  Yeah, maybe I wasn't the biggest fan of the Ultimate Universe and ended up selling off my Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men #1s for beer money years ago, but that doesn't mean that I can't get behind Miles Morales rocking his Spider self in the 616 Universe because really.......... I'm just a Spider-Man fan and having Miles be a younger Spider-Man is just icing on that delicious delicious cake that everyone wants to wait to cut even though I'm starving for some sweet cakey goodness......... Okay, so maybe I like cake as much as I like Spider-Man, that's not the point, the point that I may or may not have been trying to make with this opener is that I'm all about reading some Miles Morales and finding out where his place in this Universe is.  Let's jump into this issue and see what he's about........ and if he can escape Black Cat and Hammerhead and reconcile with his best friend for outing his secret identity to the former X-man Goldballs....... That's right, Gold Balls.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Miles' good buddy Ganke getting a stern talking to by Goldballs himself, Fabio Medina for outing Miles' secret identity to him in the previous issue........... and also, this conversation takes place because Fabio needs a place to stay and since he already has this connection with Ganke and Miles, whether he wanted it or not, why not stay with them?  Since Ganke is a gigantic Goldballs fanboy of course he says yes and once the housing situation is put aside this issue becomes all about finding out what the hell happened to Miles since he hasn't been seen in a day and because a Spider-Man vlog has reported that Spider-Man was last seen being taken away by a bunch of thugs.  This brings us to our main action of the book, where we see Miles out cold, tied to a chair, surrounded my Black Cat's thugs and Hammerhead as they try to determine who this Spider-Man is........... and thankfully the whole situation is kind of shut down after they determine that whoever he is, he's "connected" because after running his finger prints through a database, nothing comes up...... and I say thankfully because I started having flashes of Hammerhead dancing around Miles with a straight razor to K-Billy's Super Sounds of The Seventies, Mr. Blonde style.

Thanks to Miles' venom strike, he's able to get the upper hand on his enemies and then pull a full out over the top exploding energy burst like the character did when kidnapped by Hydra....... and goddamn I wish that this power had an actual name  or something more than "energy burst" because it's bad ass, but like Superman and his Solar Flare, now that Miles has done this and broken out of his confinements, he's a bit out of it and weak.......... Yeah, it's not exactly like Superman's Solar Flare in that Miles doesn't become powerless for twenty-four hours, but he's at the point where Hammerhead just beats the holy hell out of him,  Eventually though, Miles does get the upper hand and takes out old Hammerhead and follows Black Cat up to the roof as she's trying to escape and Miles finds out that she went after him because Spider-Man, whether it's the original or not is just bad for her business, but since he's connected as she puts it, she really doesn't want to play itsy bitsy spider anymore and straight up pulls a Batman on our hero's ass.

In the end, Miles returns home and forgives Ganke for being a piece of shit and outing his identity to Goldballs, we find out his father is the one who made him "connected" like Black Cat liked to put it because SHIELD wants him to become an agent and things are about to become a lot more complicated for our hero because since he constantly goes missing and isn't seen in school, his grandmother has hired Jessica Jones to find out exactly what her grandson is up to all the time.

That's it for this issue of Spider-Man and while it's not all that exciting with Miles just breaking free from being tied to a chair......... even though he did use his newest power to do it, which is really bad ass, this issue makes a lot of promises for things to come in this series that really seem fun.  We've got Goldballs rooming with him, SHIELD keeping a watchful eye and also Jessica Jones doing her P.I. thing that will make being Spider-Man certainly difficult if Miles finds out about his investigator tail.  So yeah, not a lot going on in this issue except setting up future problems for our hero, but even with that this is still an enjoyable issue and even though I may not be the most versed in Miles Morales' exploits as Spider-Man, I'm certainly interested in going forward with this title because not only do I love Spider-Man and all his powers that allow him to do all a spider can, but I love young heroes so like many of you already know because you've probably been reading Miles since before he was forced into the 616 Universe, this just seems like a win-win situation and I can't wait to immerse myself in all of Miles' exploits going forward.  Even though the story was pure set up though, the art was really strong in this issue and I didn't find myself having a problem with anything I saw here.  Just great art and colors all the way through.

Bits and Pieces:

While Spider-Man #5 might not excite you to the point where you start sweating and hyperventilating..... kind of like me trying to get to my third floor apartment.  What it does do is throw a lot of set up at you that promises to be a lot of fun going forward........ and really, it's this set up that gets me really excited to continue reading this book because with everything that transpired here, it seems like it's going to be a good time.



  1. I'm not familiar with this Morales character but I'm lovin this series! Helps that Pichelli's art is crazy good. Ha ha ha good call with the Resevoir Dogs reference. And what the hell is a Goldballs!! I did think Solarflare when Morales pulled his Energyflare move. Heh was that a knock on DC's Rebirth by the bunny that was being arrested???

    1. Yeah, that seemed like a total knock to Rebirth, a lot like Spider-Man/Deadpool did this week on their knock against Batman V Superman.