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“Maybe the costume is in bad taste.”
-Miles Morales


Cinematic Miles Morales-Ultimate Spider-Man 2 Photoset 2 (with better edits) This still isn’t half of the pictures taken. I hope you enjoy! Based on a character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. My suit was made by Jesse Covington and Sasha Williams New photos by Momo Unspoken and Akmyrat Tuyliyev. Upgrades and Miles Morales portrayal by me.

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›Analog Interface → things are evolving (2/?): “i can hear you”

— What’s in this code?
—Memories. They’re its memories. You call it a life, I call it a machine, but the truth is… somewhere in the middle. Even when I was building it, I began to encounter anomalies. As if it had imprinted on me, like a child with a parent. Then it started looking out for me, altered its own code to take care of me. It was behaving like a person. But the world didn’t need a person to protect it. It needed a machine.
You took its memories.
Not just memories.

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My newest Marvel samples. I decided to work on this script again in the weekend to improve my speed and have some new portfolio pieces.

If you know an editor who’s looking for an artist send him/her my way. I’m looking for work.

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Spider-man #15-16: A return to form for Bendis

I have not been exactly….genial about Bendis’s Miles Morales run. While I love that the man created probably the most detailed origin story for the character, I hate that he misses opportunities to underly what makes Miles Morales special to begin with: his supporting characters. Bendis during his Miles Morales run has been met with meta-hindrances that forces the narrative down an unwanted tunnel in order to fill a  need. Because he is not exactly masterful at shifting his narrative to fit these in, a lot of Miles’ characterization that would have came without said hindrances gets shafted.

For example, when Cataclysm happened in the Ultimate Universe, Bendis had seemingly rushed Miles development in order to fill in for the oncoming prospect of Miles joining the newly formed Ultimates. He wildly introduced or re-introduced characters to the story again while forsaking Miles’ development as a character in which felt half-assed and even left an unsavory aesop to it all. Bendis also kept forsaking Miles’ development as a character for Peter’s resurrection, Secret Wars, the inevitable restructuring of the Marvel Universe that happened after Secret Wars, Civil War II, and more recently the crossover with Spider-Gwen. 

Miles Morales is underdeveloped as a character. And I am not even mentioning the out of place commentary that Bendis began to delve into about race and privilege, and his constant minimizing of Miles’ culture and how he can’t seem to write from a young black kid from Brooklyn’s perspective without the character sounding like a white boy.

Okay, I mentioned it, but whatever.

Spider-man #15-16 is a breathe of fresh air and a reminder as to what made Bendis’s Ultimate Spider-man run so great to begin with: Bendis focuses on the little things that make Spider-man “Spider-man. He understood that the Spider-bite was an allegory of puberty and a coming of age and that being a hero and managing responsibilities are hectic. Whether it is managing grades in school or worrying about the next super-villain, Spider-man was the codifier of ordinary person becoming a super hero. And Bendis missed a mark for half of his Miles run because he failed to create the same things he did for Peter before him.

But after what seems to be a long time, Spider-man gets human again and starts focusing on itself.

Rio Morales has always been a tertiary character whose only characterization is that she is Miles’ mom. So I am glad that she finally starts to get involved in these issues.

One of Bendis’ staples of writing these “super hero reveals his secret identity to loved ones” is that Bendis is of the philosophy that parents will never be okay that their kids are keeping this secret. “Oh, so you lied to me for all of these years and expect me to be okay with it?” He did the same thing in the original Ultimate Spider-man when Aunt May found out about Peter’s secret. I am also personally of the philosophy that if you are engaging in dangerous vigilante work, you might as well tell your significant other and let them in on the danger because not telling them could lead to a Gwen Stacey scenario or them being justifiably infuriated that you lied. Just tell them the truth if you love them.

This is culmination of Rio being left out of the loop. She feels disconnected from not just her son’s life, but her husband’s because a secret they deliberately kept from her leaving her to worry about just what in the fuck is going on with Miles. This is a nice bit of rare continuity from Bendis is appreciated because it gets right back on track to the subplot that has been brewing since before Civil War II that was derailed because of the aforementioned event.

This is the first time we have seen actual character from Rio outside of loving and doting mom. She is thrusted into the same position that you would expect a mom to react to hearing all of this. She is angry and this scene(that encapsulated the whole book, mind you) highlights Bendis’s strength of making the seeming mundane important and character building. A family disagreement usually is about something much greater in comic books. Bendis knows that deep down, punching people in the face and beating up bad guys is not what Spider-man is all-about. It is the internal strife of being a human and the responsibilities of those that make him the most popular super hero of our times. And it is nice to know that Bendis remembered as well.

What makes Miles stand out as Spider-man is these little discussions that he has with his family and friends. These little heart to heart remind us that Miles has people who care about him and has people he speaks to about shit. tThe scene also serves as a bit of fan service because this is the same park where Miles discussed his dad’s past with his father and also reconciled with his father. This parallel with Rio and Jefferson is much appreciated because even he was not initially okay with Miles being Spider-man. 

And this frustration that Miles has is encapsulated when he becomes Spider-man. He is disillusioned. He is angry. And he feels like he let his mom down. So he in classic Spider-man style goes on a tear.

He isn’t snarking. There are no quips. He is pissed and lost control of himself which is a nice call back to one of Miles’ greatest fears:losing control.

These issues highlighted a return to form for Bendis. Hopefully it won’t get derailed by the hellfire that is Secret Empire, but I doubt it.

Oh and also…

Ganke refers to himself as Ned and is the greatest pimp of all the time.