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Miles Morales: Stranger Tides

Authored by Justin A. Reynolds
Illustrated by Pablo Leon
Published by Scholastic

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In the second installation of Miles Morales’ reinvention for a younger audience, Miles is finding it hard to bear the cross of being Spiderman – after all, with great power, and all that. Perhaps the responsibility weighs a little too heavily on his young shoulders, as he becomes the celebrity du jour, and his time is divided between crime-fighting and people-pleasing.

The Stranger Tides story begins with Spiderman attending a video game release party, where he is confronted by a former foe; however, this foe turns friend, as there is a greater evil to contend with – the Stranger. The Stranger has simply had enough of humanity – how humans treat each other and their planet is perhaps a conversation worth having in class – and as a result has used their addiction to technology against them. When they play, they are frozen. And only Spiderman can fix this mess.

This relatively short graphic novel (110 pages squeezed into 5 chapters) is big on action, but a little lacking on narrative. I found myself having to reread some sections to double check what had happened, and the dialogue between characters can be very wordy. No doubt those who already love their superheroes will devour this, and conversations about looking after our world, screen time, loyalty and personal responsibility would be raised after reading the book.

Billed as suitable for the 7+ age bracket, I would perhaps nudge it towards year 5 and 6, as it is full of wisecracks, fistfights and a fast-moving narrative. I’ll certainly be interested to see what my graphic-novel-obsessed class make of it.