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Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Review

Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Written by Jason Reynolds with illustrations by Kadir Nelson.

Miles Morales isn’t your typical high schooler. Sure, he sits through classes like history and English, and has a huge crush on a girl but is too afraid to tell her his feelings, but he also has a secret: he’s Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, Miles’s spidey-sense has been acting up in weird places recently --- mostly around his history teacher Mr. Chamberlain --- and getting him into trouble that is hard to explain or avoid. Miles just wants to survive school, but with the world seemingly out to get him, his wishes become harder and harder to achieve every day.

"Jason Reynolds doesn’t just tell a simple adventure story, but instead tells a hero’s journey. He uses extremely descriptive writing and imagery that sucks you into the book...."

From nationally acclaimed writer Jason Reynolds, MILES MORALES follows the story of the newest Spider-Man as he journeys through the mysterious and magical world of teenagerdom. Jason Reynolds doesn’t just tell a simple adventure story, but instead tells a hero’s journey. He uses extremely descriptive writing and imagery that sucks you into the book and makes you feel like you are actually there and present for everything that is going on.

To Reynolds’ credit, every character in the book seemed real. This probably had to do with the fact that the problems that the characters were facing were actual problems that affect American youth and minorities today. Not only were the problems that they were facing similar to problems that the readers would experience, but the major and minor characters were all well thought out and developed. I felt like I knew each of the characters in the book personally and I could tell you at least three personality traits about each and every character who was mentioned.

There wasn’t a lot of Spider-Man being Spider-Man in this book. The narrative instead explored what a real-life teenage Spider-Man would look like. To put it in simpler terms, MILES MORALES was more along the lines of, “Oh wait, Spider-Man is a 16-year-old boy who goes to school and does normal teenage things like chores and uses his spidey-powers to dance on the subway for cash.” The typical villain that Miles had to defeat didn’t really show up until the last 50 pages or so, so if you are looking for a book that is all action all the time, just know that MILES MORALES doesn’t really have a lot of the typical superhero action in it until the very end.

Though the book was slow at times since there wasn’t really any action in it until the end, I would recommend MILES MORALES to anyone who likes superhero comics or books, or action books in general. MILES MORALES tells a great story of friendship, love, integrity and honesty all while set in the backdrop of modern day New York with its modern day problems.

Reviewed by Zoe I., Teen Board Member on August 14, 2017

Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Written by Jason Reynolds with illustrations by Kadir Nelson.