Miles Morales: Spider-Man #17
Written by Saladin Ahmed
Art by Carmen Carnero
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: With CRADLE agents making their presence felt throughout the city, Miles will find being a teen hero a lot more difficult.
With the passing of Kamala’s Law, teen vigilantes are outlawed, but Miles Morales refuses to stop being Spider-Man. After swinging his way through Brooklyn and finding a kid in need of his help, he finds himself face to face with Dum Dum Duggan and a cadre of C.R.A.D.L.E agents determined to bring him in. After embarrassing them for not being prepared to take him on, Miles makes his way to school only to discover that the agents are there as well.
Still trying to figure out what his next move is, Miles goes out with his family where he hears some harsh truths from his mother about the secret life that he leads. A secret life that will find its way to his home and put everyone he loves in danger.
The Story: A well done story that hits on both the dangers of being a teen hero and also gives the parents of that hero the ability to voice their concerns. Ahmed has some great dialogue throughout and there are themes of governmental overreach and an attack on civil liberties that are hard to ignore. The messages enrich the storytelling and there is enough humor and heart in the issue to make it worth reading.
The Art: Carmen Carnero offers some beautiful art throughout this issue. The scenes of Miles in action are filled with energy and movement. The character moments are framed beautifully and the art is perfectly matched with the tone of the story.