Middle Grade Review: Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Justin A. Reynolds)
About This Book:
An original middle-grade graphic novel from Graphix starring Brooklyn's Spider-Man, Miles Morales, by bestselling author Justin A. Reynolds and Eisner nominee Pablo Leon!
Miles Morales is a normal kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother's birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student's father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles' fundraiser. Who is behind the disappearance, and how does that relate to Spider-Man?A true middle grade graphic novel starring one of Marvel's most popular characters, bestselling author Justin A. Reynolds (Opposite of Always) and Eisner award-nominated artist Pablo Leon (Refugees) create a riveting story that will connect with new and well-versed comics readers alike.
*Review Contributed by Lillian McCurry, Staff Reviewer*
I personally really enjoyed the Marvel movie that introduced us to Miles. This book deviates slightly from it, creating a world in which Peter Parker and Miles exist together. I really like that aspect. Miles has someone to ask questions too and rely on when being a superhero gets tough. It is a lesson of when to ask for help and recognize that maybe your plate is too full that the plot of the story teaches readers. I liked that the book had two plots that intersect.
The story focuses on Miles's life at school and home and his life as Spider-Man. At school, Miles is helping a new friend establish herself at their school as well as organize the fundraiser for Puerto Rico. At night, Spider-Man is chasing down two new villains who have superpowers of their own. It takes teamwork to crack the case and help his new friend.
The paneling and font are exactly what I've come to expect from Marvel. They are engaging, full of details and easy to read. I love the attention Leon gives to details. There are some small clues along the way that point to the climax that observant readers will pick up on.
Final Thought: Miles Morales: Shock Waves is an exciting action adventure with new friends and teaches the importance of balancing priorities.
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