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Marvel is Celebrating its 81st Birthday on August 31

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18 Ron Lim variant

Marvel turns another year older! This August 31, Marvel will celebrate its 81st birthday with fans everywhere and a cavalcade of new comics, collectibles, apparel, games, videos, and more. To kick off the celebration, Marvel revealed a stunning original commemorative piece of art by legendary comic book artist Ron Lim and colorist Israel Silva, which comic book retailers will receive as a surprise variant for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18 on sale this coming week!

On August 31, 1939, Marvel Comics #1 opened the doors to the Marvel Universe for the first time ever, creating a tapestry of Super Heroes and stories that have gone on to shape pop culture for generations of fans around the world. Join your fellow True Believers online for special segments celebrating this momentous day on This Week in Marvel, Women of Marvel, Marvel’s Pull List, Marvel’s How to Draw LIVE, and Marvel’s Let’s Play, and tune in all week to hear from some of your favorite creators and editors celebrating 81 years of Marvel!

For those with a sweet tooth, tune in to Marvel’s social channels for Marvel’s top picks from our latest #MarvelMission, calling all True Believers to share their favorite Marvel-inspired birthday treat, from cake, cookies, pies – you name it! Follow along to see their creations using #HappyBirthdayMarvel.

Happy Birthday Marvel

Starting on August 31, fans of Lim’s commemorative birthday art will also be able to order limited-edition shirts and apparel featuring the stunning artwork of Power Man, Nova, Bombshell, Spider-Man, Ironheart, Ms. Marvel, and Brawn! These will be available in the Marvel Design Vault on Amazon and on key retailers’ e-commerce sites. Celebrate and showcase your own Marvel birthday spirit, or get it for the Marvel fan in your life as the ultimate birthday gift. Marvel will also be launching and highlighting exciting products all week, including Eat the Universe kitchen items from Box Lunch, birthday card and cake decorating accessories, and brand-new, must-have fashions and graphic tees by Junk Food!

At the end of the week, you won’t want to miss the highly anticipated launch of Marvel’s Avengers, on sale September 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC! Marvel’s Avengers combines an original story with single-player and co-operative gameplay in the definitive Avengers gaming experience. What better way to celebrate Marvel’s birthday than assembling a team with your three favorite friends and defending the Earth from ever-escalating threats? To learn more about what exciting things are in store for your favorite team of heroes, tune in to the next Marvel’s Avengers War Table on September 1.

Preview: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) Javi Garron
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 02, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• Ganke. Barbara. Judge. Lana. Mr. Sumida. Rio. Jeff.
• Miles knows he has to help people as Spider-Man, so he’s ready to live as an outlaw.
• But is he ready to do it without the support of someone he loves? Who’s with Miles, who’s against him, and who’s side are YOU on?

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18

The X-Men Head to Venom Island in New Variants

In anticipation of VENOM ISLAND arriving in December, set your sights on these variant covers featuring the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Captain Marvel battling their way through the symbiote-infested island.






And be on the lookout for these other Venom Island variant covers in December featuring more of your favorite Marvel heroes!


Preview: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #9

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #9

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Javi Garron (CA) Patrick O’Keefe
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 14, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• If Miles is going to escape this new villain, their shadowy masters and diabolical tests, he’ll need help!
• Good thing his dad’s a former Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! And there’s no price Jeff wouldn’t pay to get his son back.
• But the trade may come back to haunt them, as one of the most formidable foes Miles has EVER faced RETURNS!
• Featuring the last of a series of covers by Into the Spider-Verse art director Patrick O’Keefe!

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #9

Preview: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #8

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #8

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Javi Garron (CA) Patrick O’Keefe
Rated T
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Miles Morales has been TAKEN! Grabbed from the streets by an unknown assailant, bound, tested and observed, like a bug under glass. Who is responsible?! And how far will they push Miles to protect his friends and family? Don’t miss this horrifying new chapter in Miles’ life as his rogues’ gallery continues to grow!

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #8

Preview: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Ron Ackins, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Javi Garron (CA) Patrick O’Keefe
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• After the dramatic conclusion of the first arc, Miles has to take stock in his life.
• What do his parents think of all of this?
• How do his friends, particularly Bombshell, react to what’s happened?
• All this, a surprise return and a cover by the art director of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Patrick O’Keefe!

Miles Morales Spider-Man #7

Review: Miles Morales Spider-Man #1

In Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1, the torch is passed nicely to writer Saladin Ahmed aka the first person not named Brian Michael Bendis to pen the solo adventures of Miles Morales, the Afro-Latino teenager who is also bit by a genetically modified spider and survives the wreckage of the Ultimate Universe to become Spider-Man in the main Marvel Universe. In couple pages with big panels from artists Javier Garron and David Curiel, Ahmed summarizes the recent adventures of Miles because he knows this might be someone’s first comic book. It’s an old school trick that along with the narration allows the book to breathe between frenetic action sequences, nascent conspiracy plotlines, and romantic subplots.

Miles Morales Spider-Man #1 truly is a great hybrid of old school and modern comic book storytelling techniques even if Garron’s art isn’t terrible, but nothing to write home about and Curiel’s color palette is just drab and “there” for lack of a better word. Nothing really pops except the black in Miles’ costumes and some energy weapons, and color is used for representation, like skin tones, apartment buildings, and occasionally shadow.

Garron’s art doesn’t detract from Ahmed’s writing, and he gets some solid licks in like a fierce mano a mano fight between Miles and Rhino where Rhino busts his webs or that his depictions of hair actually have texture. However, his faces and body movement lack the clean expressiveness of his predecessors on the title like Sara Pichelli, Dave Marquez, and most recently, the highly underrated Oscar Bazaldua. With big smiles and relaxed poses, he can show characters having a good time like Miles watching online videos with his roommates Judge and Ganke.

However, with the exception of some amazing under-the-mask facial acting in a panel where Miles watches  a young child get food at a homeless shelter, the big emotional scenes fall flat whether its his mother Rio’s concern for him after his costume gets all bloody or his budding feelings for his classmate Barbara. Ahmed’s dialogue is fairly flirty and adorkable, but there is no chemistry awkward or otherwise in Javier Garron’s artwork.

Generic art aside, Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 thanks to Saladin Ahmed’s sharp writing of Miles Morales. He explores the difficulty of being a student and a superhero, which is par for the course in a Spider-Man story, but also spends a page dwelling on how exhausted he is after fighting crime. It’s hard to sleep after punching, kicking, and venom stinging. Ahmed also digs into Miles’ Latino heritage as he speaks in Spanish with his mom, potential girlfriend Barbara, and Barbara’s cousin Eduardo.

Miles also shares a poignant moment with his mother when she reads in the newspaper about Latino immigrants being separated from their children, and how she would cope if that was her and Miles when he was younger. This real world connection flows into the bigger plot and leads Miles to ponder if his calling as a superhero includes bring social justice and change to his community as well as stopping muggers and armed truck robbers plus the odd supervillain. Ahmed nails this feeling with the line “…I’ve never been more sure about my power. But I’ve never been more confused about my responsibility”, and it flows into the moral ambiguity of the story’s final act.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 might not have flashy visuals, but Saladin Ahmed crafts a wonderful journey for Miles Morales as he deals with moral ambiguity and social injustice to go with the usual teen superhero soap opera elements of punching bad guys and romance. It’s also nice to see a hero be open about their secret identity around their family and get support from them, and so this comic evokes shades of the fantastic work John Rogers, Keith Giffen, and Rafael Albuquerque did with Jaime Reyes on Blue Beetle

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Javier Garron
Colors: David Curiel Letters: Cory Petit
Story: 8.8 Art 7.5 Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review