By Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
Spider-Man is an oddly political figure these days. When news leaked a couple years back that Sony required Spider-Man to always be white and straight, people were furious. Similarly, a different group of people were infuriated when it was learned that there would be an afro-latino Spider-Man represented by Miles Morales. Bearing this in mind, the meet up of old and new in Generations could be a chance to address these timely issues head-on, but sadly, it’s not.
It’s hard to exactly say what is missing from this issue, but it lacks the heart and meaning that many of the other Generations issues have been able to catch. While there’s a lot that goes into this — one of the things that hurts the issue is that there isn’t any definite sense of momentum. The issue opens with Miles dropped into Peter Parker’s past in college. From there, Miles and Peter meet on a couple of occasions and Miles visits his family home and sees himself as a kid. These events are meant to show the pain of growing up in both Peter and Miles’ life but one never gets that sense until the final pages of the issue when Miles realizes this for himself. Had the idea of personal pain and anguish been introduced better in the beginning of the issue, perhaps things would have had a better flow.
This ultimately makes the issue somewhat listless, but Ramon Perez’s art is the engine that keeps it humming along. Again, the idea being explored in this issue is personal anguish, and nothing captures that feeling more in this issue then when Perez draws Miles pondering his life while viewing New York from afar.
Miles’ anguish is that he’s in search of himself. For anyone one who has been young and lived in a big city, this scene probably looks familiar. Seeing a bright metropolis from afar has a way of making a person feel small yet full of wonder at the same time. When you’re young and trying to find your rudder in life, moments like this come to define you. Perez has captured that feeling and moment perfectly here, so even someone like me who hasn’t read that many Miles Morales issues understands exactly who he is.
While beautiful moments like this exist in the issue, it’s a shame the idea of personal anguish and pain wasn’t somehow mixed into the conversation about a society which currently finds itself similarly hurting. The divide in America right now is wide and a lot of what separates the country can be found in the different ways people react to Spider-Man news. Maybe that’s a tall order, but it feels like the chance to address some pressing issues has been lost.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?