We’ve known for quite some time that Miles Morales would be spinning his webs in the Prime Marvel Universe after the events of Secret Wars and the destruction of the Ultimate Universe. In fact, Miles has been swinging around his new universe for a while now, having made appearances in other books, namely All-New All-Different Avengers for the past 3 months.
Which brings us to today’s release of Spider-Man #1. Marvel has been staggering their new releases post Secret Wars for many reasons. One, though they will downplay it as much as possible, the lengthy delays of Secret Wars itself. Two, they wanted to spread their new number ones out so that they weren’t clobbering each other ala DC’s New 52 (and it looks like their upcoming Reboot Rebirth project.) But third, and maybe most inportantly for this book, they wanted to get the band back together. What I mean by that is Spider-Man #1 sees the reunion of Miles creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.
As for the issue itself, I found it a bit uneven. If you are a fan of Miles you will likely be happy with it, but several aspects of it came off a bit strange to me. I’ll dive into them more after the cut as things will get a bit spoilery.
Normally, I’d avoid a comic based on a licensed property like the proverbial plague, but Comics Bento just ships stuff, so I end up with stuff I normally wouldn’t, like that Youngblood volume, or this trade from Dynamite based off the original Battlestar Galactica.
Diversity in long-standing superhero comics is hard work. Most of the classic superheroes were white men because they were largely created by white men. There were a handful of white women in the mix, but minority representation among superheroes has often been rough if not outright painful in the way some creators set about creating a hero of color.
Sometimes the answer is to create a new version of the hero in question, a legacy character, that can be of another race and hope it goes over well. That can lead to successful characters, like Green Lantern John Stewart, or less successful ones, like the Marvel hero Battlestar, a black man set as a partner to U.S.Agent, himself a onetime Captain America. Battlestar initially went by the codename “Bucky” until someone realized that was actually a rather racist name and changed it to Battlestar.
But then there’s the curious case of Isaiah Bradley.
Captain America joined the Avengers with issue #4 of that series. He’d been found frozen in ice and quickly joined the team, in part as a replacement for the Hulk who’d quit two issues earlier. Cap recounted how he’d gotten frozen in the first place, when he and his partner and sidekick Bucky had tried to disarm an explosive plane during World War II. Cap was thrown off and frozen in ice. Bucky was thrown off without an arm, and later emerged as the Winter Soldier.
But here’s the thing: that comic never happened. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby just needed a quick explanation of where Cap had been and why Bucky wasn’t around in case anyone actually remembered the two of them. There actually had been plenty of Cap and Bucky adventures between the end of World War II and when Steve Rogers joined the Avengers.
Ant-Man comes out Friday and is sure to have a Stan Lee cameo. Need a refresher on all the cameos Stan has made over the years in Marvel films? Check out the infographic from morphsuits after the break.
I usually devote a bit of time Tuesday to discuss a superhero who died and usually got better. Then I got a request from Jimmy Impossible. He’s been reading along and writing up stuff for the current Secret Wars and while chatting with fellow Gabbing Geek Ryan, it came out that Ryan had no idea who the Molecule Man was.