Okay, after Miles basically got his ass caught for stupidly revealing his identity, he’s now captured by HYDRA. What happens next, you ask? Read my review of Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #11!
The comic opens with the fake spider guys robbing another SHIELD place, only this time Jessica Drew is waiting for them. Much like every other time we see her trying to do something alone in this series, she gets her ass-kicked and de-masked. Would it have killed her to have taken Cloak, Dagger, or Bombshell? Then again, Miles didn’t even put up a fight so….
Speaking of him, Miles’ father is calling for him, but doesn’t have his phone. Ganke does, and it turns out he and Miles are both horrible at keeping his secret identity a secret. Their roommate for the last year knew all this time, because he’s not an idiot and these guys are loud. Roxxon was right, he did a horrible job of protecting his secret identity.
Miles wakes up to find Katie there waiting for him, and she explains she had nothing to do with this. But she did tell her sister and when your whole family is HYDRA, it naturally leads to this. He breaks out of the ropes holding him down, but Katie’s father has captured his family and friends so he’ll settle down rather than punching through him like he’s made of plywood.
He chews Miles out stating that his actions have cost them a number of agents despite losing his mother because of his actions, but he’s alive because Katie asked that he be given a chance and he’s a valuable piece of genetic engineering. Miles tries to flee, only to get shot because for some reason he forgot he has camouflage powers and Spider-Sense and Agility, only for Doom to show up with Jessica Drew in tow.
Okay, review time….
To be fair, Doom had made it clear he was going to get Miles back in the All New X-Men series, so I really wasn’t surprised. Even if the cover hadn’t given him away. I’d consider it proper continuity, but the Ultimate Universe is doomed next issue anyway so it doesn’t matter.
Still, 4 out of 5.
Spider-Verse is over, so it’s back to the daily grind for Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #16. Here’s my review of how things are going for the original web-slinger.
The comic opens at the zoo, with a villain known as Iguana commanding a bunch of reptiles to jump Spider-Man. Normally he wouldn’t be struggling so much against a C-lister, but he’s still aching from having his life-force drained and, on top of that, he has a big presentation today. Though it was funny the villain was offended that he was talking on the phone while fighting.
Anna Marie calls and tells him he needs to get there, but Sanjay hijacks the phone and calls him out on not being there for his project and she won’t do the presentation since she doesn’t believe in it (which was made abundantly clear when she helped Black Cat sabotage it in the first place.) To this, Peter goes on a long rant on how these people need the prison.
He goes on about how most people with powers are driven by pain and rage at not being able to control it, and even the worst that are monsters by choice would be so much less dangerous without their powers. They need compassion, understanding, and help. He says all this while kicking the crap out of Iguana, by the way, and tells her he’s on his way now the moment she lets it slip that Alchemax is in line next to get the job. Nobody wants that with how many shady figures are around there.
Liz Allen presents her brother as an example of reformed prisoner, with him cured of his power and now having a steady job, and the guys admit that Ty Stone’s project looks the most promising. Peter shows up just as they finish. He and Liz Allen are fairly friendly compared to their employees.
However, once Liz mentions Peter has a habit of snatching victory from impossible odds, Ty and her brother decided to make arrangements to prevent that. They go to Black Cat’s parlor, her being the new Kingpin and all, and arrange for some guy named Ghost to try and put the company out of business permanently as the comic ends….
Oh, and there’s also a thing with Black Cat wanting back everything she stole and her good luck powers only working when she’s a selfish bitch.
Okay, review time…
Not bad for an introduction to a new arc, but the solicitations lied to me again and that’s annoying. The cover art would have been better saved until the actual infiltration, but what can you do.
3 out of 5.
Trapped in Maestro’s lair, can Miguel escape back to the past to correct the future? Read my review of Spider-Man 2099 #10 to find out!
Our comic picks up after Maestro has curbstomped our hero and dropped him off in a cell. Maestro’s minister asks him what he was thinking locking the hero up unchained in a cell with a Sorceress Supreme. Clearly he knows that this can only lead to one thing, namely that they team-up and escape, but Maestro tells him that he doesn’t care what he thinks. He doesn’t even care about the future he’s conquered since he’s done all there is to do in this world and now he wants more.
Meanwhile, Miguel can’t even crawl over to the female Doctor Strange because he’s so badly beaten, but he manages to fire a web-line and she pulls him close enough to heal. He breaks her chains and they stomp through some guards in order to get to where Maestro has a time machine, with Miguel desperate to go back and fix this mess. There they find Doom’s Time Platform and he figures they just need enough power and there’s half-a-dozen Iron Man suits still in working order.
Maestro shows up and ganks the Sorceress Supreme using a Soul Dagger and an Invisibility Cloak. Miguel flips and manages to get off a shot of an Iron Man Gauntlet before hopping the platform to get back to his own time. He hopes he put Maestro down, because him coming back to the past would be a worse-case scenario. Sad to say, that’s exactly what happened because Maestro and the female Doctor Strange (or rather, the demon possessing her) tricked him into giving Maestro exactly what he wanted.
He ends up in the past right as the comic ends.
Okay, review time…
Honestly, I liked it. It was short, precise, and accomplished what was set out to be done rather than drag it by three more issues. Art was wonderful, and future materials were laid out for plot.
4 out of 5.