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Miles Morales: Spider-Man is a comic book starring Miles Morales. It was released in 2018, by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garron. Ahmed and Garron are also the first creative team to work on a Miles Morales comic after the character's creators, Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.

While Bendis and Pichelli's run were higher-stakes, with considerable Morales-Davis family drama and Miles looking for his place in the superhero community of two different worlds, Ahmed and Garron's run aims to be more down to earth. More focus is put on Miles' school and personal life, with the book's narration captions having an in-universe explanation that Miles is keeping a journal for a creative writing class.

The book also expands Miles' supporting cast and Rogues Gallery, introducing Tiana Toomes / Starling, an up-and-coming Anti Heroine that Miles has mixed emotions about, Vice Principal Lyle Dutcher, a blowhard who respects Spider-Man as the embodiment of the values of tradition and responsibility but cannot stand that menace Miles Morales, and even the announcement that Rio Morales is pregnant with a second child. New villains include Snatcher, a man with Mind Control abilities that he uses to kidnap kids and sell them as minions to various criminals, the Assessor (and, by extension, his teleporting lackey Asset Quantum), a Mad Scientist interested in the limits of Miles' spider powers, and Ultimatum, a close personal friend of Mayor Wilson Fisk with some connection to another time and place that Miles can't quite identify.

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Also, this is the book that established Miles' middle name is "Gonzalo".


Miles Morales: Spider-Man provides examples of

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Between issues nine and ten, there is a months-long Time Skip in which Miles has been inactive as Spider-Man so he can recover from the torment he endured at the hands of the Assessor in issues seven through nine.
  • Adorkable: Miles is about as awkward and bumbling as a teenager is expected to be. Lampshaded by his classmate and friend Barbara.
    Barbara: So you're my man now? I thought we weren't putting labels on things.
    Miles: Ah... I... uh... Judge is just...
    Barbara: Relax, Miles. You want to hang out this weekends? I'm babysitting my cousin, and we're gonna go to Brooklyn Bridge Park and all that. If you don't mind kids.
    Miles: No, that's cool, I love kids. I used to be one!
    Barbara: You're such a dork.
    Miles: But a dork with a winning smile, right?
    Barbara: Oh my god, please leave now.
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  • Age Lift: The teenage characters are a bit older in this run than under Bendis' pen. Miles is considerably more self-confident than in past runs, and Ganke has the beginnings of facial hair.
  • Ageless Birthday Episode: Played With. Miles is a year older than he was as of his birthday in issue 10, but the exact number is never explicitly stated, and given how wonky time is in Marvel Comics, this is likely for the better.
  • Almighty Mom: Miles calls Rio the real badass of the family and he's terrified of letting her down.
  • Almost Kiss: Twice in Issue #4 with Barbara, only to be interrupted by a supervillain attack both times. He finally gets it on the third try.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: Miles doesn't remember he's from the Ultimate Universe, but his encounter with a returned Ultimate Green Goblin causes him to start remembering their encounter way back when.
  • An Ice Person: Miles' visit to the Brooklyn Museum is interrupted by the Frost Pharoah, who shoots freeze rays from his staff.
  • Asleep in Class: He didn't get that far, just "yawning in class", but the teacher noticed it anyway.
  • Bad Dreams: After his ordeal with the Assessor, Miles has nightmares for months. Then, as soon as that set of bad dreams ends, a new one starts — reawakened, jumbled-up memories about his life in the Ultimate Marvel universe.
  • Betty and Veronica: Barbara, Miles' kind and mellow maybe-girlfriend, is the "Betty" to Tiana Toomes / Starling's "Veronica", a new Anti Heroine that he crosses paths with as Spider-Man.
  • Bilingual Backfire: One of Ultimatum's henchmen tries to pass along secret information by saying it in Spanish, only for Miles to immediately pick up on it and make his way to Paseo Marítimo in Washington Heights.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Issue 10 / 250 takes place on Miles's birthday. In that time, Peter visits and asks him to do some superheroing for him. Miles gets attacked by Ultimate Green Goblin and Ultimatum. Also, he misses his birthday party.
  • Break the Badass: Miles's time being horrifically tortured in issues 7 through 9 causes him to give up being Spidey for months.
  • The Bus Came Back A dozy in issue 250: First Ultimate Green Goblin shows up, and then Earth-616 Miles Morales reappears.
  • Busman's Holiday: Judge convinces Miles to play hooky for a day by faking illness through Ganke's ear infection. But every time Miles tries to unwind, something happens that forces him to be Spider-Man.
  • Captain's Log: Miles is assigned to keep a diary for his creative writing class he shares with Judge first period. As nobody will ever read it, he uses to keep a diary of his activities as Spider-Man. It is also used to introduce all the main characters.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Miles insisted to Rhino that it would be easy for them to keep in touch if they text each other. Rhino loathes cell phones, doesn't have one, and doesn't want to. Justified because he's too old to be familiar with them and too big to reasonably use one. His costume doesn't even have pockets regularly.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • Judge, Miles previously often forgotten second roommate, was previously portrayed as being bitter that Miles and Ganke were keeping secrets from him. Here, he is a Large Ham and Plucky Comic Relief who is oblivious to Miles' double life and is a much closer friend to him.
    • Miles' personality is also slightly different compared to how Brian Michael Bendis wrote him. Miles is still a sweet and generally shy kid, but has become much more self-confident, and his love for hip-hop is emphasized. He also uses slang and AAVE more liberally.
  • Child Hater: Rhino declares that he hates kids just as Miles tells him to go rescue them. Despite this, he's teaming up with Spider-Man and Captain America to save his niece.
  • Child Soldier: The villain of the first storyline is kidnapping children, brainwashing and imbuing them with superpowers, then selling them off to Tombstone and other villains as minions.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: He mentioned at one point that Parker taught him this. He's not sure about the "great power" part, as he's not Thor or Captain Marvel, but sticks to the lesson nonetheless. But with the world getting more and more crazy with every passing day, he's more unsure of how far his responsibilities should go than ever.
  • Commonality Connection: After their last talk involved them coming to blows, Miles and Captain America quickly bond when they realize that they're both from Brooklyn.
  • Costume Copycat: Mystery villain Ultimatum's outfit is a mix of elements from all the founding members of the original Ultimates (well, except Hulk, for reasons that are pretty self-explanatory) - he's got Giant-Man's cowl and goggles, Iron Man's gauntlets and boots, Thor's chest... thingies, and Cap's shield. Albeit all in a matching red, brown and grey color-scheme.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In Issue #9, Miles has been kidnapped by a mysterious new villain called the Assessor that wants to study his powers. The main body of the issue follows Jefferson and Aaron as they try to rescue him.
  • Dean Bitterman: Miles is about to swing into his next adventure when... hey, where do you think you are going? You have chemistry class! The vice principal is not an idiot, and he has his eye on you! This is later deconstructed, as his co-workers chide him for trying to bust a single teenager when he should be doing more typical things like attending faculty meetings and actually doing his work.
  • Distressed Dude: Miles is kidnapped by a strange new villain at the end of issue 7, and issue 8 revolves around the physical and mental torment that he's being put through as "the Assessor" tries to study Miles and his abilities. In issue 9, he's found and rescued by his father and uncle.
  • Determinator: In the final issue of the first arc, The Snatcher spends so much of his mental powers trying to keep the ultra-determined Captain America at bay that it frees Miles and Rhino to go to town on the supervillain.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap:
    • In issue 11, Ganke breaks the bad news that the school's new lab time policy means that he won't be able to make any more web fluid for a while, meaning Miles has to deal with Ultimatum's thugs, Prowler, and everything else while keeping a limit on his most useful power.
    • Then in issue 12, the fight with Man Mountain Marko messes up Prowler's anti-gravity tech and completely drains Miles' webs. To make matters worse, Prowler has broken his deal with Ceres Goldstein, who now has no choice but to put a bounty on his head. The only way to resolve it is for the two of them to make it across the city to Ceres' base of operations in Red Hook for Ceres can "capture" Prowler before any of the several dozen Professional Killers in NYC get to him first.
  • Dramatic Irony: Vice Principal Dutcher admires Spider-Man for his sense of responsibility, bravery, and tradition and feels that Miles could learn a thing or two from him.
  • Electric Black Guy: His "Venom Blast" lets him produce painful electric shocks with a touch that can be conducted through his webbing to hit multiple targets at once.
  • Enemy Mine: Makes an unexpected team-up with Rhino when he finds out that they are both following the same kidnappers. Also, Rhino may have had some fights with the original Spider-Man, he has no beef with this new one.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Rhino is a career criminal prone to causing rampant destruction wherever he goes, but he wants to protect his niece Tanya to honor the memory of his late wife, Oksana.
    • Vulture, typically a cruel old man, is here portrayed as a loving granddad to Miles' new friend Tiana Toomes, a.k.a. Starling.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: After Spider-Man and Starling take down Tombstone and his gang, the void is quickly filled by a new villain called Ultimatum and his goons. Ultimatum's crew act like a vicious drug cartel that literally forces some Super Serum down people's throats.
  • Expressive Mask: How Miles' expressions are conveyed while in-costume.
  • Expy: Vice Principal Dutcher is essentially a Miles-specific version of J. Jonah Jameson; a blowhard who exists to make Miles's life harder. It's inverted however, because while he's distrustful of Miles, he holds his superhero identity Spider-Man to high-regard.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Rio addresses him as "Miles Gonzalo Morales" and demands to know what happened when she catches him with cuts all over his body while trying to sneakily wash his costume.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Snatcher's eyes glow an ominous orange and are normally kept hidden underneath his shades. He uses his powers by having people look into them.
  • Good Parents: Jeff loves Miles more than anything, and talks in issue 10 about his determination to do better by Miles than his own father did by him. He also risks his life to rescue Miles in issue 9. Rio, for her part, is no longer Locked Out of the Loop and is proud and supportive of her superhero son.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Miles and two prominent supporting characters (his mother Rio and his ex-sort-of-girlfriend Barbara) are bilingual, and some Spanish words are peppered into their dialogue. Rio's first words in the book is to greet her son with a "Buen día baby".
  • Heel–Face Turn: While trying to figure out Tombstone's plans, Miles visits his uncle Aaron in Issue #7. Aaron assures his nephew that his days as a criminal are behind him; he's sold his gear back to its creator and used the money to build an honest life for himself.
  • Harmless Electrocution:
    • Miles subdues the brainwashed kids by webbing them up and stunning them by conducting a low level Venom Blast through his webs to knock them out as painlessly as possible.
    • Miles' Venom Blast, which has previously been his finishing move, has repeatedly gotten No-Sold by a number of less powerful enemies, simply due to them wearing insulated gear or being enhanced with some super serum.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Downplayed. Starling is determined to kill Tombstone, but Spider-Man, a firm believer in Thou Shalt Not Kill, tries to spare him, even as he assures her that she's dope and Tombstone's trash.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • First it was Miles, towards the Rhino. They are trying to locate the kidnapped Rhino's niece, and Miles asked if he has a girlfriend. "A wife. But not anymore". Of course, Miles apologized after that.
    • And then it was the Rhino. Explaining that things are difficult for him, as he's trapped inside a Rhino suit he can't get rid of, he told Miles that "You don't know what it's like. People think' they know you 'cause of how you look". Miles is young, has a normal body... and he's black, so yes, he knows. However, as he's in his Spider-Man suit (which covers his whole body) Rhino had no way to know that.
    • Miles only knows of Adrian Toomes / Vulture as "that crusty old white dude" who Peter Parker usually tangles with, and says as much when he meets Starling, a.k.a. Adrian's granddaughter and mentee, Tiana Toomes. While Tiana knows of her grandfather's criminal past (and Spider-Man often has to talk her out of crossing certain lines, he's also the most supportive and loving person in her life, and she makes sure this upstart Spider-Man knows it.
  • The Insomniac: When Miles usually gets home after a night of superhero work, he's usually still pumped full of adrenaline, and can't get the required sleep before class.
  • It's a Small Net After All: So, there are some guys with special uniforms. Ganke tracks them by searching in the black market that sells those uniforms. And yes, it has a web page. Villains buy things on the internet, too.
  • Just a Kid: Rhino dismisses Miles as not being the "real Spider-Man" since he's just a kid by comparison.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: A classic Spidey problem that plagues Miles and causes his budding romance with Barbara Rodriguez to fall apart.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Miles ditching school with his friends by faking sick ends with him getting legitimately sick after spending his ditch day having to stop various crisis's as Spider-Man.
  • Legacy Character: A new character, Starling a.k.a. Tiana Toomes, is introduced during this run. She's the granddaughter of the Vulture who has learned to fly for herself and is on her own mission of revenge.
  • Mind Control: The villain of the first arc, The Snatcher, is able to forcibly control the minds of children. However, his control wanes the more people he controls at once and strong-willed people like Captain America can force Snatcher to use more effort, which can free other people under his control.
  • Mistaken Identity: Captain America says he thought Spider-Man is a Queens guy. Miles has to say that the other Spider-Man is from Queens and that he's from Brooklyn.
  • Mouthy Kid: Eduardo is a surly ten-year-old who acts like he's twenty according to his cousin Barbara. He's understandably sour after his father was seized by the immigration police. He also insists on seeing a slasher film with Miles and Barbara.
  • Multilayer Façade: The Morales family is filled of secrets. Miles was secretly Spider-Man, yes, but also Jefferson was secretly a SHIELD agent, and uncle Aaron was secretly a villain, the Iron Spider.
  • Mundane Utility: Miles uses his invisibility powers and his web-shooters to spook the security guard so he, Judge, and Barbara can sneak out for the day.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Miles has a poster of Dazzler in his dorm room.
    • The Rhino mentions the time he became a mall Santa in The Incredible Hulk #378. Amazingly, this also helps him bond with Miles; because of that experience, Aleksei gets that "Spider-Man" can also be bigger than just one person.
    • When Miles, Barbara, and Eduardo go to the movies at the end of #3, Miles is eating “Ultimate Popcorn”, and Eduardo’s popcorn is branded “Steve and Stan’s”.
    • Although the origin does not explicitly mention the Ultimate Marvel universe or his change of home universe after Secret Wars (2015), the image of the time he met Peter Parker is similar to the one from the crossover Spider-Men.
    • Assorted characters wear t-shirts with superhero logos on them; notably, Miles is wearing an Iron Man night shirt in the first issue, a Captain Marvel shirt in issue 5, and a Captain America jacket in issue 10.
    • Ultimatum is a walking Mythology Gag, since not only does he have the look of the Ultimates, he's named after its most infamous event.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his trouble staying awake in class, Miles has a good reputation among Brooklyn Visions' faculty for his tendency to help others around him on a whim. He also risks his life every day as Spider-Man to protect New York.
  • Older Is Better: Miles' creative writing teacher, Dan Sumida, instructs his students to write diaries in a manner that is completely hack-proof: paper and pen.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Rio Morales doesn't mind that her son is risking his life as a superhero because she knows he can take care of himself. She feels proud knowing that he's saving lives every day.
  • Open Secret: Nowadays, both of Miles' parents know his secret identity, which makes his life at home easier.
  • Playing Sick: Judge convinces Miles to do this and skip school to hang out for a day. By the end, he actually gets sick from the dirty puddles splashed on him in the subway and getting blasted with a freeze ray by an upstart supervillain, Frost Pharaoh.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In the first arc, Spider-Man, the Rhino, and Captain America go up against the Snatcher, a man with psychic powers who's been enslaving kids and selling them off as minions to villains. Snatcher states that he's specifically kidnapping kids from homeless, undocumented, or pro-vaccination families.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: The Snatcher can induce these in others when he uses his psionic powers to attack them, turning the brains of adults into mush while powering himself up.
  • Put on a Bus: After getting shot during a school shooting incident, Fabio/Goldballs has apparently been pulled from school. Judge is back to being roommates with Miles and Ganke as of the first issue here.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Trying to sneak out of a famous private boarding school during school hours gets the vice principal on Miles' case.
    • Eventually the fact he keeps missing class because of being Spider-Man (and the whole getting kidnapped and tortured for an extended period thing) leads to him being placed on probation. He knows his parents will understand the extenuating circumstances behind it at the least.
    • Originally, Barbara was attracted to the air of mystery around Miles, but his inability to be totally honest with her becomes a problem when they try to build a proper relationship. This causes her to break up with him in #6.
  • Secret Keeper: Miles has told his parents and his best friend Ganke about his superhero activities.
  • Self-Deprecation: The comic book is introduced with Miles narrating: "My name is Miles Morales. This is my journal. The Journal of... Spider-Man". And then he admits that it sounds so cheesy, that he's glad that nobody will ever read it, or he would die of embarrassment. Additionally, he notes he'd probably also die for real, because this diary would reveal the truth about his double life.
  • Ship Tease: Miles gets this constantly with Barbara, sharing a kiss with her in Issue #4 despite not clearly calling her his girlfriend. Barbara calls him her "maybe-boyfriend" while he's stumbling out of a derailing train car on purpose to stop it with his web-shooters. It sinks in #6 after she gets fed up with his secret-keeping, but they're still on friendly terms.
  • Small Steps Hero: Although Miles has been in his fair share of multiversal crises, he says our greatest responsibility is to the people closest to us.
    Miles: "With great power there must also come great responsibility." The first Spider-Man used to quote that at me all the time. I've been to other planets. I know androids and demigods. But real talk? Our neighbors are more important than alien invasions or global conspiracies. And the people around us are our greatest responsibility.
  • Smarter Than You Look: What the hell, Ganke? Are you checking black market stuff with the school's internet? Of course not! He set up a network of his own!
  • Soft Reboot: The opening pages of the first issue, in addition to Miles updated Biography entry from the Spider-Geddon Handbook, addresses the Continuity Snarl regarding Miles' origin from the Ultimate Universe. Miles backstory is tweaked to state that he originates from one of the Battle Worlds from Secret Wars (2015), but only has vague memories from it.
  • Technology Marches On: In-universe, Rhino dismisses the teenage Miles and tells him to go home to "play Sega or whatever".
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Captain America struggles to work through the apps on his smartphone while helping Miles track down the kidnapped kids after getting a tip from his Congresswoman. Miles steps in and lends him a hand.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: This continues to be a core part of Miles' crime-fighting philosophy, and he sometimes comes to blows with people who are less keen on it, like Starling and Prowler.
  • Thought Caption:
    • A variation. In place of the usual captions that give us Miles' thoughts in real time, the narrating captions are instead excerpts of a journal that Miles is keeping for his Creative Writing class, as he recounts some adventure, or explains what he plans to do on his next one.
    • Usually, when the POV shifts to a narrator besides Miles, they think in standard thought captions, but exceptions are made with Bombshell and the Assessor. Bombshell's POV reads as a text conversation between her and her friend as she describes the events that play out in-panel, and the Assessor's is written like a lab report as the Assessor documents what exactly he is doing to Subject "002-004".
  • Time Skip: Between issues 9 and 10, there is a months-long gap. In this time, a new semester has started at Brooklyn Visions Academy, Miles has been inactive as Spider-Man to recover mentally from what the Assessor put him through, and Rio is several months further along in her pregnancy. Later, according to invoked Word of God, issues 10 and 11 also have a time skip between them, during which Miles participates in the Absolute Carnage event storyline, before returning to his own story about Ultimatum.
  • Vague Age: By Miles' own admission in the first issue, he's at the age where he knows his way around high school but is not yet freaking out about college. It becomes a recurring joke in issue 10, in which he celebrates his birthday, but any indicator of his actual age outside of "something-teen" is obscured (leaking balloon, misplaced candle, Peter Parker finding himself hilarious, and so on).
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • Wilson Fisk and Ultimatum. Also known as his former BFF Miles Morales.
    • Aaron Davis / Prowler is very chummy with his weapons outfitter, Ceres Goldstein.
  • Villain Team-Up: The first arc sees Tombstone purchasing brainwashed children as henchmen from the Snatcher. Later, Ultimatum's loyal attack dog, a demonic-looking creature the size of a Hulk, is recognized by the readers (but not by Miles) as the Ultimate Universe version of Green Goblin.
  • Villains Out Shopping: There is a crime, and Rhino is there. Miles does not need any extra explanations, and attacks him. Actually, Rhino was following the criminals, as he suspected that they had kidnapped his niece.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Miles struggles with keeping up in school while having an active life as a superhero. This is reflected in the cover art of the second issue, which depicts Miles as a Vitruvian Man trying to balance all of his responsibilities: including finances, schoolwork, and superheroing.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Issue 4 is titled "Miles Morales' Day Off" and features Miles, Judge, and Barbara pretending to take a sick day to explore the city together, while the hard-ass vice principal, who irrationally hates Miles, tries to catch them in the act. Oh, and Miles has to fight the Frost Pharaoh while he's at it.
  • With Catlike Tread: Acknowledged. Rhino is a huge guy in an animal costume who shakes the ground with every step. Miles tells him to standby as backup instead of going in first because he'll immediately tip off all the guards. Miles also has to carry Rhino their first destination to keep the cops from swarming him when he treads along the streets of New York.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: After the reveal that The Snatcher's goons are all brainwashed kids, Miles and Captain America are reluctant to fight them and have to stop Rhino from going berserk when the kids blast him.
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