Comics : Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #7

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This story is part of an Arc: "Revival"
     Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7

This review was first published on: Apr 2015.

Background...

Norman Osborn/Green Goblin has escaped from prison, Peter Parker has returned from the dead and a pair of mystery Spider-Men are on a crime spree! On top of that, ex-SHIELD agent Maria Hill knows that Miles is Spider-Man. Even worse, Miles has not seen his father since he revealed his identity and when he told his girlfriend, Katie Bishop, his secret too she ran away!

Miles faced off against Green Goblin outside Aunt May's house and was joined by Peter Parker! They fought Osborn off but were pursued by police. Miles was aided by Maria Hill and he told her the whole story.

Meanwhile, Green Goblin went to visit J Jonah Jameson and revealed that, due to Miles's venom blast, he remembers everything. JJ shot him in the head but Osborn cannot die. He killed JJJ!

Miles and Maria found Peter at Mary Jane Watson's house and heard of how he awoke in an abandoned laboratory following his death and discovered he was (and indeed is) the Peter Parker alive again. Suddenly, Green Goblin lands outside and Miles takes the fight to him once again! Mid-fight, Osborn admits to Miles that he knows the truth about his father...!

In Detail...

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #7
Jan 2015 : SM Title
Arc: Part 7 of "Revival"
Writer:  Brian Michael Bendis
Artist:  David Marquez
Cover Art:  David Marquez, Justin Ponsor
Lettering:  VC's Cory Petit
Colorist:  Justin Ponsor
Executive Producer:  Alan Fine
Publisher:  Dan Buckley
Chief Creative Officer:  Joe Quesada
Production:  Irene Y. Lee
Editor:  Mark Paniccia
Assistant Editor:  Emily Shaw
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Norman Osborn, lies prone outside the house of Mary Jane Watson with Miles Morales/Spider-Man demanding to know the truth about his father! Osborn spins a web of insane lies and demented beliefs until he is able to transform back in the Green Goblin again! He attacks but Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Maria Hill both come to Miles' aid. Hill shoots him and Miles venom blasts him resulting in Goblin trying to escape! Peter throws Miles his webshooter and Miles webs on to Goblin! He kicks him, punches him, venom blasts him and beats him back to the ground where he is Osborn once again! In one more attempt, he surges back into the Green Goblin and plans to kill Gwen Stacy, Aunt May and Mary Jane who cower in the house! Peter and Miles web him and deliver a final punch each! He burns in a ball of fire and collapses as Norma Osborn again. Maria tells them all to leave and, once they have, shoots Osborn in the head three times and sets his body on fire with a burning branch! She hopes he burns in hell...!

Miles, Peter, Gwen, MJ and Aunt May arrive at a nearby warehouse where Peter passes the webshooters on to Miles and blesses his life as Spider-Man. He plans on leaving to figure out what has happened to him...

In her bedroom, Katie Bishop (Miles' girlfriend) watches the news coverage of Spider-Men vs. Green Goblin. Her parents come in and wish her a good night. As they leave they deliver a saying: Hail Hydra!

Elsewhere, Peter and MJ leave together.

In their dorm room at Brooklyn Visions Academy, Ganke wakes Miles up. His has a visitor... his Dad!

In General...

Another stunning looking comic... that is basically more of the same melodrama I've not bought into for the last six issues.

David Marquez remains a major draw for this title. How he manages to keep Spider-Man vs Green Goblin fresh again and again I'll never know. Seriously, how many times did Osborn turn to Goblin and vice versa! Yet it all looked great, made visual sense, was exciting to behold and study and delivered the spectacle that Brian Michael Bendis was going for.

This extended fight sequence really hurts the issue and arc. Goblin is undefeatable, there's still no real sense of closure (even though shot and set and fire would normally do that but he's returned to Goblin form about a million times in one issue!) and Peter has to come to Miles' aid again. Pass the torch properly Bendis! The similarity to the fight sequence in #4 is too close also (visually and literally) and this one never captures the tension of that original, which indeed never captured the emotion or drama of the one in Death Of Spider-Man. This is the problem with revisiting/reviving scenes and themes...

At the close we finally get hints at character development for Miles and his supporting cast. Bendis has let Miles himself slip for the last seven months and I'm genuinely interested in nothing more than the final page and the third from last page where we finally know the deal behind Katie Bishop and finally finally finally Miles' Dad is back. A great way to reinvigorate the ongoing plot threads and a tactic that Bendis had forgotten.

Overall Rating...

A long arc comes to an unfulfilling end. Imperfect Peter saunters off and Miles has some webshooters now. That and Death Of Spider-Man was ruined. A good job the whole thing looked freaking amazing!