Spider-Men II is rapidly turning into a disappointment. The novelty of seeing Peter Parker and Miles Morales share the page is already far less than it was five years ago. And if issue #2 is any indication, there’s little hope of the sequel actually delivering worthy payoff to the original’s cliffhanger mystery. As great as it is seeing Brain Bendis and Sara Pichelli working together on a Miles Morales story, it often feels like their energy would be better spent on Miles’ ongoing series.
I won’t get into story spoilers here (click here for more on this issue’s “big” revelation), but suffice it to say that Spider-Men II’s handling of the five-year Miles Morales mystery is frustrating. It’s not that the payoff is disappointing so much as it’s basically nonexistent. But that’s just one of many problems plaguing the book at the moment. It’s tough to care about the “other” Miles introduced in issue #1 because we know so little about the character or his motivations. And when it comes to Taskmaster, it’s not even clear whether we’re reading the classic version of the character or the Ultimate version who somehow made the jump between universes. The fractured narrative only compounds these problems, skipping between the Taskmaster battle and Peter and Miles’ showdown with Other Miles in very jumbled fashion.
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