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Review: Miles Fights #MAGA in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3


Read this review to find out if Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 is worth buying.

Synopsis

If you want to avoid spoilers for this comic then skip to the overall section at the end.

Warning: Spoilers for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 follows Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich, (AKA Rhino) and Miles Morales (AKA Spider-Man) as they search to find a group of missing children. In the previous issue, they discover that someone has been giving them superpowers and sending them out to fight for them. Rhino is looking for his missing niece and Miles is looking for a friend's child.

Just as they're ready to close in on a lead Captain America shows up and he offers to lend a hand. Miles even helps the old man with his new cellphone app and the two bond over their shared knowledge of New York.

For me, the highlight is when they're planning to go in and Captain America, the seasoned superhero, asks Miles what they should do. Spider-Man is taken aback and almost refuses to step up. But then Steve Rogers tells him about his own experience joining the military as a young age and having to "get it done" despite the fear.

The group trace them to a warehouse and meet a terrifying new villain named Snatcher who can control minds and, in the case of children, unlock superpowers. The guy is a piece of scum who has no regard for human life and spouts racist hate-speech. Perfect for a beatdown.

I won't spoil too much but suffice it to say Captain America is the highlight of the comic. Which is kind of a shame since Miles is the star.

In the end, the children become key to saving the day and the three-part as unlikely allies. Miles goes back to school and gets an unexpected surprise.

Summary 

Saladin Ahmed story is well-written and the dialogue is pointed with the right amount of humor. Cap's dialogue is inspiring. Rhino's character has enough humor and pathos that you almost forget he's one of Peter Parker's greatest foes. Having the villain spout hate-speech about "dirt that ignores our borders" and "garbage" that leads to drug crime is a subtle but powerful social commentary without being preachy.

The story shows that Miles is slowly getting comfortable as a superhero and Captain America's words help inspire him. He's becoming his own hero and trusting his instincts despite his youth. Rhino even comes to terms with his own dislike of children. The comic is a wonderful message about youth and coming-of-age.

Javier Garron's artwork is phenomenal and he has a real skill at facial expressions that compliments the dialogue well.

The comic is wonderful but it's almost a shame they didn't stretch the story out a little longer. It happens so fast I felt a disappointment. That's not usually a problem but there you go.

Rated: 3.5 stars out of 5
Overall: Buy Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garron

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About Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3


Written by Saladin Ahmed
Artwork by Javier Garron
Synopsis: CAPTAIN AMERICA guest-stars! Miles and Cap try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the missing kids, but it’s not quite that simple. A new villain has our heroes’ number, and you won’t believe how they get out of this jam!
On Sale Date: Feb 20th, 2019
U.S. Price: $3.99

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