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The sequel five years in the making! The first time the Amazing Peter Parker and the Ultimate Miles Morales met, things ended with a question - who is the Miles Morales of the Marvel Universe?! Now that the Miles you know and love shares a world with Peter in the mainstream MU, you're finally going to get that answer! And that's just the tip of the iceberg...because as the The sequel five years in the making! The first time the Amazing Peter Parker and the Ultimate Miles Morales met, things ended with a question - who is the Miles Morales of the Marvel Universe?! Now that the Miles you know and love shares a world with Peter in the mainstream MU, you're finally going to get that answer! And that's just the tip of the iceberg...because as the mystery deepens, the wall-crawling wonders will be targeted by Taskmaster! Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Spider-Men! COLLECTING: SPIDER-MEN II 1-5


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The sequel five years in the making! The first time the Amazing Peter Parker and the Ultimate Miles Morales met, things ended with a question - who is the Miles Morales of the Marvel Universe?! Now that the Miles you know and love shares a world with Peter in the mainstream MU, you're finally going to get that answer! And that's just the tip of the iceberg...because as the The sequel five years in the making! The first time the Amazing Peter Parker and the Ultimate Miles Morales met, things ended with a question - who is the Miles Morales of the Marvel Universe?! Now that the Miles you know and love shares a world with Peter in the mainstream MU, you're finally going to get that answer! And that's just the tip of the iceberg...because as the mystery deepens, the wall-crawling wonders will be targeted by Taskmaster! Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Spider-Men! COLLECTING: SPIDER-MEN II 1-5

30 review for Spider-Men II

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    The long awaited followup to Spider-Men. This is almost more of the origin story of the Miles Morales from the prime dimension, 616. Bendis retcons some major pieces of a Spider-villain's backstory but in a way that makes sense. The end of this almost left like a end to Miles's book but Bendis still has issues coming out of his regular book so I'm not sure where this is supposed to fit in continuity wise. I liked the ending but was confused until I read what the Future Foundation has been up to. The long awaited followup to Spider-Men. This is almost more of the origin story of the Miles Morales from the prime dimension, 616. Bendis retcons some major pieces of a Spider-villain's backstory but in a way that makes sense. The end of this almost left like a end to Miles's book but Bendis still has issues coming out of his regular book so I'm not sure where this is supposed to fit in continuity wise. I liked the ending but was confused until I read what the Future Foundation has been up to.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This was so good omg! We see Miles and Pete teaming up now that they are both in main Marvel U and well fighting against Taskmaster and we see what led upto that day and I love the cameos and all and well the journey of the two Spider-men to get them there but its the origin of the other Miles (the one from 616) and how he is connected here and I freaking love the reveal and his connections to Kingpin and motives to do what he is doing now and yeah it has a lot of retcons and not everyone will li This was so good omg! We see Miles and Pete teaming up now that they are both in main Marvel U and well fighting against Taskmaster and we see what led upto that day and I love the cameos and all and well the journey of the two Spider-men to get them there but its the origin of the other Miles (the one from 616) and how he is connected here and I freaking love the reveal and his connections to Kingpin and motives to do what he is doing now and yeah it has a lot of retcons and not everyone will like it but its fun and we see what it all leads upto and the return of something big which does change the Marvel.. multiverse a lot! Its one of the most under-rates stories for sure and I can see why people might not like it but personally I love the ultimate universe and its great to see it return plus the face-off didn't happen in the end between the two Miles so that was an underwhelming aspect of it but its cool and I wish we also had more focus on Peter though but regardless a cool read and a great ending to this mystery and the return of a big thing so definitely read this one!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    An okay last gift from BMB. World: The art is fantastic Pichelli's art is beautiful and emotive, love it. The world building here is good and builds upon what happened in Spider-Men with the reveal of Miles. But that being said I did find that the pay-off to be a bit expected and I don't think we had enough focus to really build the world, but more below as it ties into the story and character. Story: The story is paced relatively well and is enjoyable. I like that there was not a lot of action an An okay last gift from BMB. World: The art is fantastic Pichelli's art is beautiful and emotive, love it. The world building here is good and builds upon what happened in Spider-Men with the reveal of Miles. But that being said I did find that the pay-off to be a bit expected and I don't think we had enough focus to really build the world, but more below as it ties into the story and character. Story: The story is paced relatively well and is enjoyable. I like that there was not a lot of action and BMB spent the time on building the story and also paying off the promise he gave with Spider-Men. That being said I think I also feel that this story didn't take a deep enough dive. Sure we get to know who the other Miles is but as much time as we had with him I kind of still barely knew him and so did Miles. The relationship between Miles and Peter also had a lot of time but it was another retread that has been done before and I would have wanted more forward development for the sake of the story. I'm not saying the story is bad, it's not, it just feels shallow and incomplete. If you read it you'll understand what I mean. Characters: 616 Miles is interesting but at the same time cliched so it was kind of underwhelming. We do get his motivations but I didn't think we dived deeper enough and we also didn't really get to see Miles and Miles interact that much, I guess this is going to happen down the line. Miles and Peter on the other hand was kind of underwhelming. I would have wanted more development between them in terms of moving forward and Peter being more of a mentor for Miles and telling him how he also had issues with life and superhero balancing but we don't really get that they get swept into the story and there are times when Peter regrets Miles being Spidey and it irks. The rest of the cast was okay, they served their purpose and were not of huge consequence. Is this the last big gift the BMB gives to Marvel fans before DC? I don't know but for Miles I think this is, and this other Miles is kinda...meh. Onward to the next book. *read individual issues*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Published in 2012, the original Spider-Men was a fun crossover storyline featuring Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, and Miles Morales, the second Ultimate Marvel version of Spider-Man. It was far from perfect as it didn’t shake anything up in the Spidey mythos, but the witty interactions between two incarnations of the iconic web-slinger and the simplicity of them hanging out as oppose to fighting crime, was Brian Michael Bendis at his wordy best. Following their first shared adventure, Pet Published in 2012, the original Spider-Men was a fun crossover storyline featuring Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, and Miles Morales, the second Ultimate Marvel version of Spider-Man. It was far from perfect as it didn’t shake anything up in the Spidey mythos, but the witty interactions between two incarnations of the iconic web-slinger and the simplicity of them hanging out as oppose to fighting crime, was Brian Michael Bendis at his wordy best. Following their first shared adventure, Peter runs a search for Miles' counterpart in his world and is shocked at the result. Five years later, where so much has happened in the Marvel universe, including the 2015 Secret Wars crossover, the result was finally revealed as Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli reunite for the sequel. Reunited to discover another dimensional portal occurring in the same warehouse where their first union happened, Miles and Peter find themselves targeted by the Taskmaster, who has some connection with a mysterious scar-faced adult named Miles Morales. Despite the big selling point of Spider-Men II, which was “who is the other Miles?”, the comic itself doesn’t really make it a big deal and that’s because it doesn’t know what is it aiming for. Bendis is pulling in various directions from the partnership between the two Spideys, Miles’s potential romance with a girl in school, to the backstory of the other Miles, who has a whole issue devoted to. Throughout the five issues, there is dimensional travel, mercenaries-for-hire, gangsters, teen romance and a cameo from Jessica Jones, all of which one if not both of the wall-crawlers get their share of. Considering so much is happening and yet nothing comes to fulfilment, Sara Pichelli continues to prove that she draws some of the most visually stunning superhero comics. From her unique panel layouts where she gets to show off some impressive action sequences, to character drama where Pichelli is a master of faces, her greatest strength is the artistic distinction between the two Spideys. Without going into spoilers, the young Miles doesn’t get a sense of closure, something that Peter can relate to, and yet the lack of closure perfectly sums up what’s wrong with Spider-Men II, which suffers from a sense of nothingness.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    It's Miles Morales and Peter Parker in most likely their last ever Bendis' team up. A pretty good story, with a great Kingpin related backstory. The Spider are concerned that Taskmaster and his benefactor are tinkering with alt-universe tech. 7 out of 12. Sara Pichelli's art is as great as ever. It's Miles Morales and Peter Parker in most likely their last ever Bendis' team up. A pretty good story, with a great Kingpin related backstory. The Spider are concerned that Taskmaster and his benefactor are tinkering with alt-universe tech. 7 out of 12. Sara Pichelli's art is as great as ever.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Brian Bendis has left a lot of loose ends across his Marvel work, often teasing traitors and plots which then never quite materialise, but here he ties up at least one of them. Well, sort of. In 2012, the first Spider-Men saw the Marvel Universe’s Peter Parker and the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales team up; it ended with Parker, back home, doing a web search (boom boom!) for his own world's Miles Morales, and being shocked by what he found. Now, the two Spider-Men live in the same universe, be Brian Bendis has left a lot of loose ends across his Marvel work, often teasing traitors and plots which then never quite materialise, but here he ties up at least one of them. Well, sort of. In 2012, the first Spider-Men saw the Marvel Universe’s Peter Parker and the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales team up; it ended with Parker, back home, doing a web search (boom boom!) for his own world's Miles Morales, and being shocked by what he found. Now, the two Spider-Men live in the same universe, because it got merged in some cosmic malarkey – a development which their comics have largely tried to avoid addressing. And if you expect a resolution here, you’re out of luck – the most we get is an acknowledgment that the characters know what happened, but nobody seems to consider it worth much further consideration. I suppose if you’re a superhero it is the sort of thing you sigh and file under ‘shit happens’. But what about that shocking web search? Well, apparently the shocking result was that there were no results! This is clearly bullshit, and I’d be amazed if it were the original plan, assuming of course that there was an original plan and Bendis wasn’t just pulling a Lost and figuring he’d make something up when he needed to, which has often seemed to be his approach to that sort of long-term plotting. But that doesn’t mean there was no Marvel Universe Miles Morales, and here’s where we learn his story. It involves retconning a significant friendship into the past of a major Marvel villain whose backstory doesn’t really have the room, and is generally unsatisfactory even before the conclusion feels the need to pull a whole dead universe out of its arse.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike "true male feminist cuck"

    Bendis’ love letters to his comics are...complicated. Like, not hard to read - though where he gets this new plot between Miles and Kingpin I don’t know - but not necessarily his objectively good writing. He fawns over the character tics he’s spent so much time building (Spidey’s motormouth, Miles’ anxieties) and the story goes somewhere emotionally resonant (or maybe just maudlin?) so I’m not complaining about how I feel about the characters when I’m done reading...but I’m wondering if that was Bendis’ love letters to his comics are...complicated. Like, not hard to read - though where he gets this new plot between Miles and Kingpin I don’t know - but not necessarily his objectively good writing. He fawns over the character tics he’s spent so much time building (Spidey’s motormouth, Miles’ anxieties) and the story goes somewhere emotionally resonant (or maybe just maudlin?) so I’m not complaining about how I feel about the characters when I’m done reading...but I’m wondering if that was actually a good story, or just a way to create some put some kind of wrapper on a thing that Bendis is leaving behind. I feel like he wrapped shit up nicely for himself, but didn’t leave a lot of room for the next writer who follows him.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    This is a solid middle of the road read. It’s also a very typical Bendis script — the dialogue is pretty entertaining between our two Spider-Men, Miles Morales and Peter Parker, but the plot is pretty light and thin, and stretched out more than it really needs to be. The story starts off in media res, then proceeds to unfold through a series of flashbacks until, five issues later, it catches back up with the start. Sara Pichelli’s art is easily the biggest selling point here, though, and I dig h This is a solid middle of the road read. It’s also a very typical Bendis script — the dialogue is pretty entertaining between our two Spider-Men, Miles Morales and Peter Parker, but the plot is pretty light and thin, and stretched out more than it really needs to be. The story starts off in media res, then proceeds to unfold through a series of flashbacks until, five issues later, it catches back up with the start. Sara Pichelli’s art is easily the biggest selling point here, though, and I dig her style a lot. Overall, not a bad comic but not particularly exceptional.

  9. 5 out of 5

    B. P. Rinehart

    Alright, so this is the last big Miles Morales event-comic that Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Pichelli worked on together. They are the creators of Miles Morales and in 2012 they created the hugely successful crossover Spider-Men. The end of that book teased a sequel, but we would have to wait until 2018 to see that follow-up. That is an eon in comic book years and much in the Marvel Comics Universe (like the existence of Miles' original Ultimate Universe being merged into the "main" Marvel Univer Alright, so this is the last big Miles Morales event-comic that Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Pichelli worked on together. They are the creators of Miles Morales and in 2012 they created the hugely successful crossover Spider-Men. The end of that book teased a sequel, but we would have to wait until 2018 to see that follow-up. That is an eon in comic book years and much in the Marvel Comics Universe (like the existence of Miles' original Ultimate Universe being merged into the "main" Marvel Universe after Secret Wars) has happened. We know that only about 10 people--including Miles and Peter Parker--have memories of Secret Wars taking place (Jessica Jones is aware that it happened), but this book shows us what has been happening with the 616/non-universe displaced Miles Morales....and oh boy. I won't spoil it, but this graphic novella was an interesting flip-side of the relationship between Peter & Miles. This book took place after the crossover between Miles and Spider-Gwen (MM gets around in the Marvel multiverse; I need to review that crossover too now that I think about it), but before Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 4. This was a decent story if not as good as Spider-Men. Miles & Peter had met up a lot between the original and this sequel, and had one more sort-of crossover that took place during this mini-series' run called Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1 (I'll be getting to that eventually). I was glad to read this story and can't wait to see what the post-Bendis world of Spider-Man looks like.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Pretty enjoyable but somehow not quite completely satisfying.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Better than expected, which I’m glad cause the first Spider-men is one of my favourites. The follow up/sequel was never going to be as good, but it’s a good enough successor.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Who is the other Miles Morales? A real person with a real life and his own real problems. This volume is really Bendis at his best, and that's because Bendis at his best makes you believe in the people you're reading about. And this one's all about 616 Miles. Oh, Ultimate Miles and 616 Peter are there too, and it's fun to see them working together, but they're not what makes the story shine (though there are some great parallels in Ultimate Miles' life, and that helps make the comic too). My only Who is the other Miles Morales? A real person with a real life and his own real problems. This volume is really Bendis at his best, and that's because Bendis at his best makes you believe in the people you're reading about. And this one's all about 616 Miles. Oh, Ultimate Miles and 616 Peter are there too, and it's fun to see them working together, but they're not what makes the story shine (though there are some great parallels in Ultimate Miles' life, and that helps make the comic too). My only question is, when the heck is this set in continuity?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Sorry Matt! This sequel lacks the impact and depth of the original. If anything this story is there to put Miles in a place for others to grab him post Bendis. Additionally, I don't think it explains the post Secret Wars state. And instead of being a story about The Other Miles, its a story about An Another Miles. It's really a Kingpin story in many ways, with some retconing I didn't dig. Sorry Matt! This sequel lacks the impact and depth of the original. If anything this story is there to put Miles in a place for others to grab him post Bendis. Additionally, I don't think it explains the post Secret Wars state. And instead of being a story about The Other Miles, its a story about An Another Miles. It's really a Kingpin story in many ways, with some retconing I didn't dig.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A solid follow-up to the first "Spider-Men" story arc. I still liked the first one better, but this story still had a lot going for it. First, what I liked: (1) That the other Miles wasn't just the polar opposite of the one we know and love. He wasn't just a villain; he was someone who had made some questionable choices, but who valued what really mattered in life--love and friendship--beyond anything else. I also liked seeing a kinder side of the Kingpin. The end result was a sense of the compl A solid follow-up to the first "Spider-Men" story arc. I still liked the first one better, but this story still had a lot going for it. First, what I liked: (1) That the other Miles wasn't just the polar opposite of the one we know and love. He wasn't just a villain; he was someone who had made some questionable choices, but who valued what really mattered in life--love and friendship--beyond anything else. I also liked seeing a kinder side of the Kingpin. The end result was a sense of the complexities that reside in each individual. (2) Obviously any and all of the Spider-Man (Miles or Peter) banter. (3) The fact that the other Miles got a happy ending, and that we were able to get only one Miles in this dimension without there being some cataclysmic tragedy. That was a nice change of pace and allowed for some nice balance with Miles struggling, himself, with his personal life and hero life. Speaking of which, while I was kind of bummed at the end that he gave up being Spider-Man, that choice also felt like appropriate for him, at this point in his journey as a character. I'm sure the mask doesn't stay off long (it never does in comics), but I am curious to see the road that leads Miles back to superheroing. (If anyone knows what I need to read for that story, I would be very grateful.) What I didn't like as much is the fact that the whole other Miles was an unknown. That there was "nothing" about him to be learned whenever someone went digging. That seemed contradictory to the end of the first "Spider-Men" arc, when Peter looked downright shocked after searching for "Miles Morales" on the internet. "Nothing" does not equal shock. It kind of felt like the writers didn't know what they wanted to do yet, but just wanted to give us a cliffhanger. What they ultimately decided was brilliant, honestly, but then they should have just ended it with the internet search and no reaction from Peter. It would have made a lot more sense and, honestly, not just felt like a cheap gimmick. That bugged me throughout this entire book. But, still, take that away, and this was a really solid read. (Though I do want to know how Miles ended up in Peter's dimension... I assume if I keep reading Ultimate Spider-Man I'll get my answer....?)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Bendis's last year at Marvel was a series of goodbyes to various characters, runs, etc. that he'd hit over his long career there and this is another one of those. It does, I suppose, contain the essential elements present in the original Spider-Men story: Miles, Peter, and a multiversal component. I assumed--and was very, very wrong--that this would be a retcon of the Spider-Men storyline, one that told the same story now that reality was re-set so that the Ultimate universe and the classic MU h Bendis's last year at Marvel was a series of goodbyes to various characters, runs, etc. that he'd hit over his long career there and this is another one of those. It does, I suppose, contain the essential elements present in the original Spider-Men story: Miles, Peter, and a multiversal component. I assumed--and was very, very wrong--that this would be a retcon of the Spider-Men storyline, one that told the same story now that reality was re-set so that the Ultimate universe and the classic MU had merged. That idea intrigued me--in fact I was super-pumped for that story. This is not that story. Instead Bendis establishes really early that both characters fully remember the pre-merge truth, and that this is something else: Miles finally encounters evidence of a Miles Morales of the classic MU who pre-dates the merger. The story expounds from there, with alternate Miles' "origin story" and some throw-away Spider-Man team up fights with Task Master. It proves a fun, but utterly inessential storyline that gives a slightly broader window into the relationship between these two Spider-Men but otherwise has very little impact on anything. Worth reading if you're in love with the characters and enjoy Bendis, but skippable with no penalty if not.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

    This book clearly has no direction, it answers the question left at the end of book 1 lazily (who’s Miles Morales in the universe where Peter Park didn’t die? What could be so shocking? Nothing, as in he’s not googlable). Also, it starts with a scene in which Peter is saying Miles shouldn’t be Spider-Man anymore (making me as a reader think there’s a strong reason for this, maybe related to Miles’s alternate self’s identity or anything else, really). But no, nothing, the story can’t naturally ta This book clearly has no direction, it answers the question left at the end of book 1 lazily (who’s Miles Morales in the universe where Peter Park didn’t die? What could be so shocking? Nothing, as in he’s not googlable). Also, it starts with a scene in which Peter is saying Miles shouldn’t be Spider-Man anymore (making me as a reader think there’s a strong reason for this, maybe related to Miles’s alternate self’s identity or anything else, really). But no, nothing, the story can’t naturally take us to that moment. Instead, it comes out of nowhere: ‘Hey Miles, it just occurred to me you shouldn’t be Spider-Man anymore’. I wish this book was so much more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Finally answers the question of this universe's version of Miles Morales. I really don't feel like this was the original concept Bendis had, if he even had one. Also, I had gotten the impression that nobody remembered Miles was originally from another universe, but apparently at least he and Peter do. Finally answers the question of this universe's version of Miles Morales. I really don't feel like this was the original concept Bendis had, if he even had one. Also, I had gotten the impression that nobody remembered Miles was originally from another universe, but apparently at least he and Peter do.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    The first Spider-Men saw Peter Parker from the 616 Universe and Miles Morales from the Ultimate Universe meet for the first time. It was one of the best comic books of the last ten years and left us with a tantalising teaser as Parker searches Miles Morales on the internet and appears shocked. Things have changed since then and thanks to your typical comic book craziness both Spider-Men now exist in the same universe and see each other all the time. Here we finally learn the truth about the 616 The first Spider-Men saw Peter Parker from the 616 Universe and Miles Morales from the Ultimate Universe meet for the first time. It was one of the best comic books of the last ten years and left us with a tantalising teaser as Parker searches Miles Morales on the internet and appears shocked. Things have changed since then and thanks to your typical comic book craziness both Spider-Men now exist in the same universe and see each other all the time. Here we finally learn the truth about the 616 universes Miles Morales. So what did Peter Parker find? Well nothing apparently, which makes no sense at all given the shock he felt. But then again at that point Bendis can't have known the Ultimate universe would come to an ultimate end and that both Miles Morales would have to occupy the same universe. So the other Miles Morales is a friend of the Kingpin and a whole issue is dedicated to seeing how their friendship developed. It's a decent story and reminded me of elements of the Daredevil TV show which is definitely not a bad thing. The trouble is with it all is that by the end I still didn't feel I really understood this other Miles Morales and our Spider-powered Miles certainly didn't. Perhaps it's that the original cliffhanger was so strong there just wasn't a way to make it live up to expectations. Even so, it seems odd to introduce this new character and then barely have him in the same panel as the more familiar Miles Morales. There's still stuff to like here though. The relationship between Parker and Morales is explored further and though it has been done a lot recently it pushes new territory here, with Miles now having a better understanding of what it means to be Spider-Man. The supervillain of the story is Taskmaster, an unexpected choice, but he works well pitted against the Spider-Men thanks to some new powers. The art by Sara Pichelli is stunning, as one has come to expect from her. The book leaves us with an unexpected ending as we discover the final fate of the Ultimate universe. It's a nice touch even if it makes Secret Wars even more pointless than it already was. An underwhelming sequel with some good ideas but it shows that it's hard to recreate perfection.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Davis

    Well, this marks the end of the Bendis era of Marvel, and it is very bitter-sweet. Spider-Men II is the sequel to 2012's Spider-Men, once again written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Sara Pichelli and one mystery artist in issue 5. The book features Peter and Miles as they both team-up to track down Taskmaster, who had re-opened the multi-dimensional portal that led to the presumed destroyed Ultimate Universe last seen in the first Spider-Men. As this happens, we learn about Miles Mor Well, this marks the end of the Bendis era of Marvel, and it is very bitter-sweet. Spider-Men II is the sequel to 2012's Spider-Men, once again written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Sara Pichelli and one mystery artist in issue 5. The book features Peter and Miles as they both team-up to track down Taskmaster, who had re-opened the multi-dimensional portal that led to the presumed destroyed Ultimate Universe last seen in the first Spider-Men. As this happens, we learn about Miles Morales from the Main Marvel Universe, and how the two stories intertwine. Well, was it worth the wait? I mean, five freaking years it took for Bendis to answer who Earth-616 Miles was, and the answer is both a yes and no. The story itself is fine. You get a fun guest appearance from Jessica Jones, and the comrodry between the Spider-Men is still fun. The story has more to it then last time, but the problem I find is that Spider-Men II feels like setup for a sequel that will most likely never come. It by itself is fun, and helps lay seeds for what was happening in the main Miles book and what would come later when Saladin Ahmed would take over the book. And that right there is my issue with the story. It is really only and truly good when read before you read everything Saladin Ahmed is doing with Miles or as a prequel to Donny Cates' Venom to explain a certain plot point in his book. The ending leaves it open for so much possible fun in the future, but the story can't stand on it's own. If this was part of on-going and not a mini-series, I wouldn't mind that. But here it's bothersome. It's a fun and fine filler Spidey story if you just want to see the two Spider-Men team up, but don't expect to have a satisfying ending, as it really is only the opening credits to whatever big thing Ahmed is planning for his run.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    I loved Spider-Men way back when I read it (I thought it was fun and cute). And Spider-Men II promised to be a fun follow-up... but it was just OK. I of course wanted to know who Miles on 616 was (it was played up to be this huge cliffhanger after Spider-Men), but was a little let down by the reveal. What worked for this book: The Spidy dialogue between Miles & Peter was on point (LOVE BMB's Spidy-s). The action was good, Peter with Armadillo in the beginning, was hilarious, I even liked the gir I loved Spider-Men way back when I read it (I thought it was fun and cute). And Spider-Men II promised to be a fun follow-up... but it was just OK. I of course wanted to know who Miles on 616 was (it was played up to be this huge cliffhanger after Spider-Men), but was a little let down by the reveal. What worked for this book: The Spidy dialogue between Miles & Peter was on point (LOVE BMB's Spidy-s). The action was good, Peter with Armadillo in the beginning, was hilarious, I even liked the girl drama with Miles and his classmate Barbara. I thought the art was solid, except for the fact that I didn't think Miles and Adult (616) Miles actually looked alike. Was that just me? (Especially at the end -they draw adult Miles with entirely different skin color.) I was kinda confused most of the way through if I was supposed to think they were the "same person". What didn't work for this book: 616 Miles had a fine (not exciting, but fine) backstory, but I didn't really end up caring about him. Maybe because this book was too short to get a lot of character development in. Maybe because BMB tried to make him a "relatable bad-guy". Like bad enough we'd be shocked at the reveal, but human enough that we'd root for him in the end. Either way, this was just an OK story. What also didn't work for me: I'm SUPER CONFUSED about the Universes. Spider-Men II was written post Secret Wars & I just don't get it. Didn't we get a one Universe reboot? How did 616 Miles travel? Can someone explain it to me, pls? (-̩̩̩-̩̩̩-̩̩̩_-̩̩̩-̩̩̩-̩̩̩)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Quite possibly (given what I've heard about Bendis' final volume of Spider-Man) a better ending to Bendis' time on Miles Morales than his actual ending, Spider-Men shows us two different versions of Miles, each trying to find their place in the world, and each ultimately arriving at the conclusion that being their own man, finding their own way, and wanting some peace and happiness is what's best for them. They each go about obtaining it in VERY different ways, which is what makes one a hero and Quite possibly (given what I've heard about Bendis' final volume of Spider-Man) a better ending to Bendis' time on Miles Morales than his actual ending, Spider-Men shows us two different versions of Miles, each trying to find their place in the world, and each ultimately arriving at the conclusion that being their own man, finding their own way, and wanting some peace and happiness is what's best for them. They each go about obtaining it in VERY different ways, which is what makes one a hero and another a....an antagonist. We don't get quite enough Miles-Miles interaction here, and I don't know how to feel about the cop-out post-modern meta writing at the end that has Our Miles saying "I was hoping for a more concrete conclusion," and Peter Parker saying "Ha. That doesn't ever get to happen." This feels like a natural sort of "end" for the character, ESPECIALLY in terms of Bendis' run, as he gets to have Miles pursue SOMETHING other than Spider-Manning, to at least explore if he wants to maybe do something else other than "just" 'walk in Parkers shadow' as it were, and he also puts a bow on the Ultimate Universe. If just a couple things were tightened up, I'd throw a five at this, but when you base your story around two Miles Moraleses and then don't really have them interact with one another in a meaningful way, it rings a little bit hollow even when everything else you're doing is so good. This works really well from a READER'S perspective, but much less so from the CHARACTER'S perspective (as in, if you were Miles). Curious to see how Bendis ends his Spider-Man run, and if I'll consider this more of a proper end of the Miles Morales story. (Which I am aware was re-launched immediately and is still running to this day).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    The last time I saw Miles Morales it was in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1, back in October 2016, and I wasn't really a fan. I couldn't really put my finger on what I disliked about it, I suppose part of it was the collapse of the Ultimate Universe and my distaste for reboots (soft or otherwise). I was curious about the other Miles Morales ever since the first time 616 Peter met Ultimate Miles, so I thought I'd give this another shot. It might convince me to continue reading the current Miles The last time I saw Miles Morales it was in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1, back in October 2016, and I wasn't really a fan. I couldn't really put my finger on what I disliked about it, I suppose part of it was the collapse of the Ultimate Universe and my distaste for reboots (soft or otherwise). I was curious about the other Miles Morales ever since the first time 616 Peter met Ultimate Miles, so I thought I'd give this another shot. It might convince me to continue reading the current Miles Morales series. Unfortunately I don't feel any differently. I no longer feel a connection to this Miles Morales. I know technically he's the same character but part of what I loved about him originally was the world he lived in. The burden of following in the footsteps of a dead Spider-Man. Putting that aisde, I found the story about the 616 Miles Morales fairly anticlimactic. It was fairly mundane and Bendis shot himself in the foot by making it such a huge cliffhanger in the original crossover. It's certainly not a terrible story, but it didn't give me any real joy, it didn't connect me with the characters of this world and it didn't leave me with any real satisfaction. Bendis created a character I loved, but at some point he evolved or I did. Either way I reluctantly close the door on Miles, at least for the time being. Also, what kind of pretentious douche bag is Peter to make fun of Miles for using a backpack?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    A very straightforward story that continues an idea that is old news at this point. Spider-Men was a story that took place when Peter and Miles weren't in the same universe. It was a real joy to see the Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man work together against a foe. Since that event, the universes have merged and Miles is now an everyday Spider-Man on the same world (and usually same city) as Peter. This story tries to recapture the same energy, but poses the question "Who is the other Mi A very straightforward story that continues an idea that is old news at this point. Spider-Men was a story that took place when Peter and Miles weren't in the same universe. It was a real joy to see the Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man work together against a foe. Since that event, the universes have merged and Miles is now an everyday Spider-Man on the same world (and usually same city) as Peter. This story tries to recapture the same energy, but poses the question "Who is the other Miles Morales?", or (in elaborate comic terms) "Who is the original 616 Miles?" The answer is... not a good guy. A criminal that is wrapped up with the Kingpin (a cellmate at one point), normal-Miles is obsessed with one thing: getting back his beloved Barbara (we see Miles and Barbara meeting at school for the first time, and it looks like they will have something going on soon enough). He needs two things: 1) A dimension hopping machine, and 2) the services of Taskmaster. The rest is pretty easy to figure out. Fights, good talk between the Spideys and a happy ending for most. But is Miles really giving up the mask for a relationship with Barbara? No need for a Vol. 3, but I wouldn't mind seeing normal-Miles pop his head in again. Overall? Kind of recommend. It wasn't bad, but felt really unnecessary.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trike

    I liked this but I didn’t love it. I suspect that’s because while it had a nice emotional arc for Miles, it didn’t have a full story arc for the over-arching tale. I didn’t care for the start in media res with the requisite jump back in time. You can almost feel that the words “SMASHCUT TO” were in the script. It’s getting to the point where this sort of beginning is starting to grate on me as much as having the character wake up with no memory. Still, Bendis delivers some great lines and he alwa I liked this but I didn’t love it. I suspect that’s because while it had a nice emotional arc for Miles, it didn’t have a full story arc for the over-arching tale. I didn’t care for the start in media res with the requisite jump back in time. You can almost feel that the words “SMASHCUT TO” were in the script. It’s getting to the point where this sort of beginning is starting to grate on me as much as having the character wake up with no memory. Still, Bendis delivers some great lines and he always manages to make previously-lame characters interesting, in this instance Taskmaster. Which he’s done before with ol’ Taskie, but he does it here with so little space and such economy that it’s practically a writing class in itself. As with most books (and the Netflix Marvel series), whenever Kingpin shows up he pulls focus and steals every scene. That happens again here, so it’s a good idea by Bendis that he never interacts with Peter and Miles, giving them room to breathe. By this point Bendis could write this stuff in his sleep, which is probably why he went over to DC to take on Superman. Sara Pichelli’s art is both spectacular and amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her draw a line out of place, and that streak continues here. Honestly, I’m envious of her talent.

  25. 5 out of 5

    M. Walters

    First, I just want to say that I had no expectations going into this volume apart from I was excited to see Miles and Peter interacting again. And that's exactly what I got here! It was fun to see them banter and to see Peter's character-accurate desire to mentor Miles (and tendency to be a bit wordy). I also agree with several people on here that Sara Pichelli's art was really cool! And the way the story flowed (teasing something in the beginning and then coming back to it after showing backsto First, I just want to say that I had no expectations going into this volume apart from I was excited to see Miles and Peter interacting again. And that's exactly what I got here! It was fun to see them banter and to see Peter's character-accurate desire to mentor Miles (and tendency to be a bit wordy). I also agree with several people on here that Sara Pichelli's art was really cool! And the way the story flowed (teasing something in the beginning and then coming back to it after showing backstory) is a common writing strategy to create some interest in a plot, but I thought it worked well here. However, the writing did have some issues. I know the line with Peter yelling, "I knew I shouldn't have let you be Spider-Man!" is kind of explained later, but the explanation given just wasn't convincing enough for it to not feel inconsistent and like a cheap way to create some drama. There was also another point soon after that where the dialogue seemed to be missing something and it didn't make any sense to me; maybe I missed something or maybe the writing could have been done with more care... Anyhow, I enjoyed reading this plenty but it could have been better. Hopefully we'll see some more adventures with Miles and Peter in the future!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This had some interesting elements. 1) Wrapping up the mystery of the other Miles Morales 2) An unexpected friendship involving the Kingpin 3) A love story 4) Peter coming to terms with being the start of a legacy, and Miles figuring out whether or not he wants to be a part of that legacy 5) The final fate of the Ultimate Universe However, all these elements, however interesting, don't add up to a cohesive story. Marvel Comics is a big soap opera, and sometimes the enjoyment is opening up this month' This had some interesting elements. 1) Wrapping up the mystery of the other Miles Morales 2) An unexpected friendship involving the Kingpin 3) A love story 4) Peter coming to terms with being the start of a legacy, and Miles figuring out whether or not he wants to be a part of that legacy 5) The final fate of the Ultimate Universe However, all these elements, however interesting, don't add up to a cohesive story. Marvel Comics is a big soap opera, and sometimes the enjoyment is opening up this month's issue and seeing what happens. But when the issues are collected into a book and given an overall title, the expectation is that there'll be a complete story. Peter Parker tells Miles there's never closure. That's true in the real world, and true in the world of mainstream superhero comics. But sometimes there ought to be a definable story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    Read on Marvel Unlimited. This is peak Bendis, so if you're not a fan of his, you will not like this. It also doesn't make too much sense as a stand-alone story- you have to have been following both Spider-Man series and to some extent the wider Marvel Universe to really get it. I was confused at times due to the lack of context and the shifting forward and back through time. The plot involving Wilson Fisk was the highlight of the book, for me. There were some good character interactions, but the Read on Marvel Unlimited. This is peak Bendis, so if you're not a fan of his, you will not like this. It also doesn't make too much sense as a stand-alone story- you have to have been following both Spider-Man series and to some extent the wider Marvel Universe to really get it. I was confused at times due to the lack of context and the shifting forward and back through time. The plot involving Wilson Fisk was the highlight of the book, for me. There were some good character interactions, but the overall plot was lacking. I love these characters, and I've been following Ultimate Spidey since the beginning, so I enjoyed it despite the many flaws. I can't imagine reading this month to month though-even reading it all together it had pacing problems.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Spider-Men II issues #1-5 I was highly anticipating this series, but it ended up being a big disappointment. The story was all over the place, and I don't feel like we got the answers we were promised. SPOILERS: -I think the biggest takeaway from this series is the seeming indication that Miles Morales is going to soon be changing his superhero name. I think his days as going by the name "Spider-Man" are limited. -I think I see a day coming when Marvel reintroduces the Ultimate Universe i Collects Spider-Men II issues #1-5 I was highly anticipating this series, but it ended up being a big disappointment. The story was all over the place, and I don't feel like we got the answers we were promised. SPOILERS: -I think the biggest takeaway from this series is the seeming indication that Miles Morales is going to soon be changing his superhero name. I think his days as going by the name "Spider-Man" are limited. -I think I see a day coming when Marvel reintroduces the Ultimate Universe into an ongoing series so that they can move their legacy characters there. A lot of the young characters could go there for new adventures without stepping on their predecessors' toes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sam Whale

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While I liked Spider-Men II is is a poor follow up when compared directly to its prediscesor. The back and forth time jumps lead to a somewhat muddled and confusing read and the endind, which seemingly brought back the ultimate universe left me frankly baffled. The strongest elements of the book were the dynamic between Peter and Miles, which is great as always, and the flashbacks exploring who the Miles of Earth 616 was and his relationship with Fisk. The Jessica jones cameo was a nice touch an While I liked Spider-Men II is is a poor follow up when compared directly to its prediscesor. The back and forth time jumps lead to a somewhat muddled and confusing read and the endind, which seemingly brought back the ultimate universe left me frankly baffled. The strongest elements of the book were the dynamic between Peter and Miles, which is great as always, and the flashbacks exploring who the Miles of Earth 616 was and his relationship with Fisk. The Jessica jones cameo was a nice touch and made the book feel like more of a send off to BMB’s tenure at marvel, though maybe a Kitty Pryde or Dardevil cameo would have been nice too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adan

    This was a very odd story in which nothing much seemed to happen. It probably suffered from coming out after all the universes merged, but this really was an unneeded story. It was interesting to learn about the other Miles Morales, I guess, but because of how this ended, it all just became so unimportant. I was legit interested to learn about the other Miles at the end of the first miniseries, but they just waited too dang long to do this second one.

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