The Spider-Man Generations issue might be my most anticipated in part because these two characters are actually hanging out over in Spider-Men. It’s also a chance for Miles Morales to hang with a younger Peter Parker from the 616 universe who he can relate to. Brian Michael Bendis teams with Ramon Perez to dish on what these characters’ Vanishing Point is like, but is it good?
So what’s it about?
Why does this matter?
Miles has gone through a lot, from losing Peter Parker to shifting over to an entirely different universe. This issue gives him a chance to see even the heroes we admire may not have everything as locked down as they appear.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Opening in a school gym, Miles awakens and runs into Peter Parker. Not Peter Parker, CEO of Parker Industries. No, instead he runs into the nerd who gets pushed around by Flash Thompson. It’s a cool moment since Miles knows who Peter really is and it gives Bendis a chance to show Miles even Peter was bullied in school. Much of this issue is about intimate moments. Peter in tears, Miles encountering his mother, and the two sharing a moment later on. If you’ve ever been under incredible stress and wanted to scream, or cry, you’ll relate to the story in this issue. These two men bond and it’s a nice moment.
This issue also ties into one of Spider-Man’s greatest moments, which I won’t spoil, but it has a nice place in this issue. Bendis doesn’t tarnish this amazing scene, but instead raises it up nicely.
Perez draws this issue well, especially the school scenes. The issue utilizes a few double page layouts that help cut up the scenes and allow the panels to do a lot of the acting work with close ups at opportune times. Cityscapes and buildings really stand out with an incredible double page of Miles sitting and watching the city that’s a nice composite of real buildings and Miles drawin in.
This happened a lot to Peter in high school.
It can’t be perfect can it?
I’m not really sure what the point of this Generations issue was beyond serving as a moment between two yet to be friends. The message about stress and dealing with it is nice, but it doesn’t carry as much weight as some of the other Generations stories did. I’m not sure readers unfamiliar with each of these characters will get much of a take away either. The moments shown in this issue, and the pain Peter goes through, is only as strong as your familiarity with the gravity of these moments.
Is It Good?
This is a good Generations issue, but I wasn’t bowled over due to a lack of any clear meaning. It’s a nice moment between two guys during hard times, but it serves as more of a sentimental brush for readers who are familiar with the characters.