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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 birth 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.


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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 birth 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.

30 review for Miles Morales: Shock Waves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    Thank you Scholastic for the gifted review copy! This was the greatest little graphic novel ever! Justin A. Reynolds is one of my favourite authors and at this point I'd read anything he writes. Miles Morales is also a favourite Spider-Man. Paired together, this was absolutely perfect. And don't get me started on the art. It was so fun and full of color I fell in love immediately. The story was interesting to read and follow. There was plenty of adventure and an abundance of witty banter. I truly Thank you Scholastic for the gifted review copy! This was the greatest little graphic novel ever! Justin A. Reynolds is one of my favourite authors and at this point I'd read anything he writes. Miles Morales is also a favourite Spider-Man. Paired together, this was absolutely perfect. And don't get me started on the art. It was so fun and full of color I fell in love immediately. The story was interesting to read and follow. There was plenty of adventure and an abundance of witty banter. I truly can't recommend this enough. I love that we had the familiar characters, as well as some new ones. My only complaint is that I wanted more and it ended so soon. I'm really hoping that we get more in this series because I'm definitely hooked now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    a graphic novel written by one of my all time favourite authors, about one of my all time favourite superheroes/the best spider-man (and no, this isn't up for debate)?! I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED. a graphic novel written by one of my all time favourite authors, about one of my all time favourite superheroes/the best spider-man (and no, this isn't up for debate)?! I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cass {slight hiatus}

    I just want to preface this by saying that this is a good book and if you are a comic book reader or just like graphic novels about superheroes, I would recommend it. I had problems with the character development and the plot so it decreased my enjoyment. It starts with Miles telling the reader five questions that he gets asked the most and his spidey senses begin to tingle. He finds two superpowered ladies and tries to catch them, but they disappear. He has to rush home because an earthquake hit I just want to preface this by saying that this is a good book and if you are a comic book reader or just like graphic novels about superheroes, I would recommend it. I had problems with the character development and the plot so it decreased my enjoyment. It starts with Miles telling the reader five questions that he gets asked the most and his spidey senses begin to tingle. He finds two superpowered ladies and tries to catch them, but they disappear. He has to rush home because an earthquake hit Puerto Rico, where his Mom's family lives. The next day Miles meets the new girl, Kyle. They become fast friends and Miles and Kyle have to work together to figure out where her dad went. It's a very interesting premise and for the most part, I enjoyed the story. It's the weird plot jumping and character reactions that don't quite fit that annoys me a lot. The overall plot is Kyle's dad disappeared and Miles and Kyle have to find him. There's unresolved subplots that I hope get resolved in future books and Miles and Kyle arguing and then becoming friends again and back and forth really bothered me. I didn't find it realistic and annoying. Miles didn't change at all from the beginning to the end and lacked the real depth you can see in Into the Spiderverse. The representation was great. Puerto Rican characters, there's an Asian character, there could have been two lesbian/bi/pan superpowered women who were in a relationship together. I'm just saying, Vex and Trinity. I may be pushing my lgbt agenda again, but they already have an old married couple friendship so I don't see what's so hard about putting them into a romantic relationship. Just a passing image of them holding hands or something, I dunno. In conclusion, a short sweet book about Miles Morales that could have been longer but was still enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    Full disclosure I'm not a Marvel reader, I'm not familiar with Mile's origin story, and I've never seen Into the Spiderverse. Though I do remember when Marvel was originally launching this character. So I came in as a new reader getting an intro to this comic from this graphic novel. I liked how just enough info about Miles was given at the intro to establish who he is and what kinds of powers he has. This story really combined everything you expect from comic heroes while also involving real lif Full disclosure I'm not a Marvel reader, I'm not familiar with Mile's origin story, and I've never seen Into the Spiderverse. Though I do remember when Marvel was originally launching this character. So I came in as a new reader getting an intro to this comic from this graphic novel. I liked how just enough info about Miles was given at the intro to establish who he is and what kinds of powers he has. This story really combined everything you expect from comic heroes while also involving real life events like the earthquakes Puerto Rico was hit with. Mile's has family on the island as his mother grew up there and she's fundraising to send aid. Miles is so pre-occupied with balancing school and being a hero that's he's really neglecting his family life. So this story is really about him finding that balance between being Spider-Man and spending time with family and friends. The arc I received from Scholastic starts off fully illustrated in color, then it switches to Black and white, and then it's rougher sketches. So I did get a preview of what the art would be like and it's vibrant and beautiful. I think this easy to read graphic novel format will be good for reluctant readers especially young Black readers who will be happy to see someone who looks like them on the pages of a book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brandie Shanae Bridges

    I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I read it to my kids and they loved it especially since it was Miles Morales Spider man. I also enjoyed the mystery around the story and also the importance of community and what it means. This story was amazing and I like how to Miles and the other character Kyle came together even though they had their differences. I always tell my kids no matter If you disagree with your friends you can always work it out and soon enough you will come together again. I als I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I read it to my kids and they loved it especially since it was Miles Morales Spider man. I also enjoyed the mystery around the story and also the importance of community and what it means. This story was amazing and I like how to Miles and the other character Kyle came together even though they had their differences. I always tell my kids no matter If you disagree with your friends you can always work it out and soon enough you will come together again. I also told my kids that it is normal to get into arguments with your friends, but still let them know that you are always there whenever they need you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    4.5 stars. Miles Morales is juggling a lot, trying to stay on top of schoolwork, hanging out with friends and family, and fighting crime, and feeling like he’s coming up short repeatedly. When a hurricane devastates Puerto Rico, birthplace of his mum, Miles decides to raise money for rebuilding with a fundraiser. Also, a new classmate’s father is missing, and two criminals just got superpowers, and he’s got no ideas for an art project, so Miles is losing sleep trying to keep up with everything. I 4.5 stars. Miles Morales is juggling a lot, trying to stay on top of schoolwork, hanging out with friends and family, and fighting crime, and feeling like he’s coming up short repeatedly. When a hurricane devastates Puerto Rico, birthplace of his mum, Miles decides to raise money for rebuilding with a fundraiser. Also, a new classmate’s father is missing, and two criminals just got superpowers, and he’s got no ideas for an art project, so Miles is losing sleep trying to keep up with everything. I liked this! Miles Morales is a sweetheart. He’s caring, and conscientious and funny, and the family and friends surrounding him are great. The author makes sure that mystery and action are nicely balanced with small, personal moments, and leaves us with a nice opening at the end for more story. I was so happy to also see Ms Marvel and Squirrel Girl in the story, to remind us of how Miles and the other two are in-training at Stark Tower to get a better handle on their abilities and improve their teamwork. The artwork has a lot of energy, and I loved all the colour, reminiscent of the Spiderverse movie. I hope we get more story soon!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Hillis

    This graphic novel was a great mix of a superhero story with real life mixed in. The theme of finding work, school, and home life balance is important to invoke in young readers, and also how you can find ways to help your community at any age. Art was a big part of the story, as it was the fundraiser, and Pablo Leon did an amazing job imagining the art projects. The art style throughout was just so vibrant and fun, like what you saw in the ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ movie. The best par This graphic novel was a great mix of a superhero story with real life mixed in. The theme of finding work, school, and home life balance is important to invoke in young readers, and also how you can find ways to help your community at any age. Art was a big part of the story, as it was the fundraiser, and Pablo Leon did an amazing job imagining the art projects. The art style throughout was just so vibrant and fun, like what you saw in the ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ movie. The best part of this book, though, is kids can see superheroes that look like them. Miles is Black and Puerto Rican, and his tech genius bestie, Ganke, is Korean American.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maddy (maddysreads)

    Reading superhero comics is new to me. I loved this one. The art was beautiful, and the story was engaging, and funny. All around a great read. Can't wait to put this in my classroom library! Reading superhero comics is new to me. I loved this one. The art was beautiful, and the story was engaging, and funny. All around a great read. Can't wait to put this in my classroom library!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    Miles Morales is a Brooklyn middle schooler who also happens to be Spider-Man. He is not to be confused with the older, more experienced Spider-Man from Queens, although they are pals. And he has some unique powers – he can go invisible and stun bad guys with a blast of venom. Bad news hits close to home when earthquakes hit Puerto Rico, where his Mom is from. Miles helps to organize a fundraiser for those affected by the quake, and while he is handing out flyers, he meets a new student, Kyle. W Miles Morales is a Brooklyn middle schooler who also happens to be Spider-Man. He is not to be confused with the older, more experienced Spider-Man from Queens, although they are pals. And he has some unique powers – he can go invisible and stun bad guys with a blast of venom. Bad news hits close to home when earthquakes hit Puerto Rico, where his Mom is from. Miles helps to organize a fundraiser for those affected by the quake, and while he is handing out flyers, he meets a new student, Kyle. When Kyles’ father goes missing at the same time as earthquakes continue in Puerto Rico AND two mysterious superhero types keep appearing around Serval Industries, where Kyles’s father works, Miles has to go into overdrive to keep up with everything – school, family, the fundraiser, and helping find Kyle’s Dad. It’s funny to see a superhero trying to find time to sleep. It’s also refreshing to see a young Black superhero, who is aided and abetted by his bestie, Ganke, who’s Korean American. Ganke is the stay-at-home tech genius behind Miles’s acrobatic antics. I like that a real life disaster is featured, tying super hero activism to a humanitarian cause. The story is fast moving, full of action and has lots of satisfying spidey-stuff. The art warmly depicts an urban setting, using white gutters between panels in lots of different shapes, giving it a modern, fun, young feel. Plot changes are many and abrupt, and no character besides Miles has any depth. For super hero fans, however, this may not make a difference.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Abi Copple

    I loved the art. It was a good premise, and had a basic super hero story with a cliff hanger ending. I thought it was a little predictable, and didn’t like how the skill of the enemy changed during the story. There wasn’t enough time for miles to improve as much as he did, and the villains didn’t get better at all. It looked like different rates that didn’t fit how they would have realistically improved.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Vibrant art work, witty banter between the characters, a community coming together to support the people of Puerto Rico after an earthquake…lots for middle grade readers to enjoy in this graphic novel. Will be buying for my 4th/5th grade ELA classroom.

  12. 4 out of 5

    j o a n n a ☀️

    Ah, this was so fun! What a great introduction to what I hope is a series. Miles is such a great character and I loved the inclusion of Kamala! Can’t wait to see where this goes. Also, the art work in this one is incredible.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia Smith

    2.5 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    I really like the illustration style for this book, but I think it would have benefited by at least another 20 pages. Some transitions were really abrupt. Not sudden and snappy, but I'm not sure how we got here or what's happening. The tension wasn't given time to build and characters jumped to conclusions very quickly. I like where it was going, but I think it needed more length. I really like the illustration style for this book, but I think it would have benefited by at least another 20 pages. Some transitions were really abrupt. Not sudden and snappy, but I'm not sure how we got here or what's happening. The tension wasn't given time to build and characters jumped to conclusions very quickly. I like where it was going, but I think it needed more length.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlynn

    This book was so disappointing. I watched Into the Spider-verse and I loved it. I was hoping this book would be like it because it has the same main character, but it wasn't very interesting. I was very sad because I was so excited to read this book. This book was so disappointing. I watched Into the Spider-verse and I loved it. I was hoping this book would be like it because it has the same main character, but it wasn't very interesting. I was very sad because I was so excited to read this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    N.B. This is not to be confused with JASON Reynolds' 2017 novel, Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Also, it is important to know that for reasons I have been unwilling to research, Peter Parker is now sort of an adjunct Spider-Man who has interactions with his replacement, Miles. In addition, I don't understand the Marvel universe AT ALL. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Miles' mother and father are devastated when Puerto Rico is hit by a hurricane and their families suffer major losses. Miles wants to N.B. This is not to be confused with JASON Reynolds' 2017 novel, Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Also, it is important to know that for reasons I have been unwilling to research, Peter Parker is now sort of an adjunct Spider-Man who has interactions with his replacement, Miles. In addition, I don't understand the Marvel universe AT ALL. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Miles' mother and father are devastated when Puerto Rico is hit by a hurricane and their families suffer major losses. Miles wants to spend time with them, but has to deal with trouble makers, Vex and Trinity, in the city, who keep outwitting him. He is also struggling with his artwork at Brooklyn Visions Academy, and his roommate Ganke keeps at him to keep the room clean. When he meets a new student, Kyle Ganderson, she offers to ask her father for help in the fundraising efforts Miles' mother is trying to get going. This is a huge help, but the two have an adversarial relationship at first. When Kyle's father goes missing after getting a mysterious text, no one believes her that this is a big deal, and Miles steps in to help. When Vex and Trinity show up as "interns" for Mr. Ganderson's company, Miles knows that something is up. How are his nemeses, Puerto Rico's problems, and Mr. Ganderson's disappearance related? And will he ever get his art project to work out the way he wants it? Strengths: The idea of a tween super hero is a fun one-- all of the angst PLUS super powers! The events in Miles life-- going to a boarding school for art, dealing with a roommate, and struggling to help his parents in the wake of the hurricane in their homeland-- are all fascinating by themselves, and adding a mystery about Kyle's father and fights with his nemeses just makes it even better. Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl make cameo appearances. I wish I could remember if the plot is connected to the Jason Reynolds book, but I don't think it is. A short, fun read about a popular super hero! Weaknesses: Not only was I generally confused about Miles' activity (why does everyone seem to know that he's Spider Man?), since I am not well-versed in his backstory, but the E ARC of the graphic novel made it hard to highlight key plot points. I feel like I am just not doing this book justice. What I really think: I wasn't sure that the novel version would circulate, but it does. I'm not sure why fans wouldn't just pick up the comic book versions of this story (since I do not understand the publication schedule of those at all), but this is a good way for libraries to stock the story, and would be a good introduction to Miles for readers who might be unaware of his story or who have only seen the movies. This is available in hardcover, prebind, and paperback from Follett.

  17. 5 out of 5

    WhatBookNext .com

    Miles has been Spiderman for a year now. He gets advice when he needs it from Peter Parker, but he’s got most of it sussed out. Miles can even go one better than the original Spiderman – he can turn invisible at will! Miles also has a developing Spidersense to oncoming trouble, and soon comes up against two women named Trinity and Vex. He’s still perfecting his spidery web aim and they slip from his grasp, leap off the building and onto a motorbike, which vanishes! His day is about to get worse – Miles has been Spiderman for a year now. He gets advice when he needs it from Peter Parker, but he’s got most of it sussed out. Miles can even go one better than the original Spiderman – he can turn invisible at will! Miles also has a developing Spidersense to oncoming trouble, and soon comes up against two women named Trinity and Vex. He’s still perfecting his spidery web aim and they slip from his grasp, leap off the building and onto a motorbike, which vanishes! His day is about to get worse – a news bulletin shares a disaster in Puerto Rico. A wave of earthquakes have devastated the island where his mum grew up and where family still lives. Swinging home to family is quickly the only thing on his mind. Over dinner and relief that family are okay, Miles agrees with his mum and dad that fundraising must be done to help all those who lost everything in the quakes. Back at school, there’s a new girl and Miles helps her settle in. Before long he is chasing Trinity and Vex again, only this time they have powers of their own. Trying to look after his borough of Brooklyn, keep up with his studies, help with the Quake fundraising and then a friend’s disappearing dad, is all taking its toll on Miles. Little does Miles know, a mega wealthy businessman is making the most of the quake chaos to not only line his pockets but produce super powers he is going to soon be up against. From the author of the heart wrenching Young Adult novel Forever ends on a Friday, this Marvel Spiderman Graphic Novel continues the story of Miles Morales who we saw in the amazing animated Into the Spiderverse movie. Miles is getting this Spidey life sorted with his roomie at Brooklyn Visions Academy helping him with the tech side of things. A new girl will always stir up the mix, especially for smooth Miles, but when her dad goes missing, he knows he has to be Spiderman to really be able to help. I love the banter between Miles and his roomie Ganke Lee and all the different threads of Miles’ life he is trying to pull together. Spidey service, school, his art, home life, villains and the new girl who is smart, determined and tough. Pablo Leon’s graphic style tells this story in chapters and captures the action, personalities and multiple strings of the narrative effortlessly, giving a fast paced, intriguing read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mehmet Mustafa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There’s this movie called Vampires vs The Bronx, it’s not perfect but it follows a corporation taking advantage of a small neighbourhood and it’s culture. This is kinda similar to Miles Morales: Shock Waves. Now, neither stories are perfect. But I adore both. Shock Waves has a lot of positives, mainly the fact that this is the first time I’ve really seen Miles’ culture play a large part in the plot of a story, keep in mind I’m not caught up on the current run by Saladin Ahmed but I adore what I h There’s this movie called Vampires vs The Bronx, it’s not perfect but it follows a corporation taking advantage of a small neighbourhood and it’s culture. This is kinda similar to Miles Morales: Shock Waves. Now, neither stories are perfect. But I adore both. Shock Waves has a lot of positives, mainly the fact that this is the first time I’ve really seen Miles’ culture play a large part in the plot of a story, keep in mind I’m not caught up on the current run by Saladin Ahmed but I adore what I have read (the first 3 volumes as of the time I’m writing this), it’s amazing to see his family play a large part in this story and see Miles working with his family to do some good. The art is insanely good Pablo Leon’s line work is amazing and his use of inking is really cool and really complements this story, I love how colourful it is and there are multiple panels I want as prints to hang up in my house. Justin Reynolds’ writing rules, his use of dialogue and the voice he gives these characters is really authentic and brings a new quality to this story. My only problem was the story structure. Structurally, the first act is perfect however by the middle of the 2nd I feel this story could use some work. I feel like making this a singular graphic novel was a mistake, I would instead love to see this team tackle this story as maybe a 5-8 issue limited series. I feel like there’s so much more of this story to be told however it’s resolved fairly quickly. There’s a part where Miles, Kyle and Ganke have to play detective and crack a code, and I love it, however it’s resolved fairly quickly. I would love to see them play detective over multiple issues. Overall, this story is amazing with an awesome plot, amazing use of dialogue and insanely great artwork, I just wish it were longer is all. I hope this graphic novel gets a sequel with this same team because I am here for it! Also, Squirrel Girl and Ms Marvel show up and mention Avengers Academy, and the excerpt of Ms Marvel: Stretched Thin features Miles and Doreen so I hope we see these 3 go on adventures across multiple graphic novels.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Whitman

    Massive thank you to Scholastic for the advanced review copy! This graphic novel combined so many of my favorites into one: Justin A. Reynolds (an incredible author whose work never ceases to make me laugh and cry simultaneously), Marvel (the universe that has brought me so much joy for much of my life), and Miles Morales (his story was only introduced to me a few years back, but now I can't get enough)! I chose to dedicate an entire afternoon to Miles Morales, so I grabbed my favorite Marvel t-sh Massive thank you to Scholastic for the advanced review copy! This graphic novel combined so many of my favorites into one: Justin A. Reynolds (an incredible author whose work never ceases to make me laugh and cry simultaneously), Marvel (the universe that has brought me so much joy for much of my life), and Miles Morales (his story was only introduced to me a few years back, but now I can't get enough)! I chose to dedicate an entire afternoon to Miles Morales, so I grabbed my favorite Marvel t-shirt and coffee mug, queued up Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and sat down with Miles Morales: Shock Waves. I was in the Miles Morales ZONE, that's for sure. Within the first few pages, I was laughing out loud at the witty blurbs of conversation and thoughts tumbling around in Miles' mind. I could hear them as if he were in the room with me and it immersed me into the story so fully that I barely even noticed the movie (which, by the way, is one of my favorites of all time) playing loudly on the television. It took very little time to get into the action and I spent the next two hours trying to figure out what might happen next! This graphic novel may be geared towards middle-grade, but I found it compelling, heartwarming, and wonderfully-written. It didn't stray from what I already knew of Miles: his fantastic humor, love for his family, dedication to saving Brooklyn (and the world, duh), and desire to cultivate his skills as Spider-Man. Miles Morales: Shock Waves also brought into play a very real discussion about how challenging it can be to balance your personal life with your work/schooling, while also finding time to educate yourself and help those who are struggling around the world. There were some great little nuggets of wisdom shared in here that I found myself pondering for quite some time. Do yourself a favor and pick this up when it comes out! You're in for some grand adventures, deep belly laughs, and lots of inspiration!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    ARC provided by publisher. All thoughts and opinions my own. We don't talk enough about just how good "Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse" was. It introduced an Afro-Carribean Gen Z'er who was busy trying to balance school and being a superhero. Thankfully, no much has changed in Miles Morales: Shock Waves and we get to check in on Miles who is flying around Brooklyn still fighting crime. Miles Morales: Shock Waves picks up with Miles struggling to balance his secret life as a superhero and as a stu ARC provided by publisher. All thoughts and opinions my own. We don't talk enough about just how good "Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse" was. It introduced an Afro-Carribean Gen Z'er who was busy trying to balance school and being a superhero. Thankfully, no much has changed in Miles Morales: Shock Waves and we get to check in on Miles who is flying around Brooklyn still fighting crime. Miles Morales: Shock Waves picks up with Miles struggling to balance his secret life as a superhero and as a student at Brooklyn Visions Academy. A massive earthquake hits Puerto Rico, affecting Myles' mother's homeland and Miles is determined to host a fundraiser to raise money for the island. Miles meets a new student Kyle whose father goes missing, just as Spiderman gets mixed up with two female bandits. Miles and Kyle eventually team up to track down her father leading them directly into the path of a villain who seems to be creating super soldiers in his lab. Miles Morales: Shock Waves sticks close to the aspects of Miles that I loved in the film, his desire to be a successful superhero, his love for his family and his ambition to finish school. Always looming overhead is Miles' struggle to balance everything, and often times the people around Miles just think he is distracted but in reality he's exhausted by his crime fighting during the night. The banter between between Miles and his friends especially Ganke Lee is silly and I appreciated the few fun cameo's that I won't spoil. Shock Waves carries forward a really important aspect of New York and Miles' world: diversity. I personally like seeing Brown characters and feel like this was a good snapshot of just how diverse Brooklyn is. Vibrant colors, a fast paced plot and familiar characters make this a must read graphic novel for Marvel fans of all ages!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    Reviewed from a paper ARC from the publisher. Though this is not "great literature", it is guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit with fans of the New Spidey. The first of a multi-year series of original graphic novel stories about Marvel super heroes, it builds off the success of the Miles Morales book for older teens written by Jason Reynolds (Marvel, 2017). Miles is your average middle grader, except he is balancing his schoolwork with his nightly crime-fighting undercover work. When an earthquake do Reviewed from a paper ARC from the publisher. Though this is not "great literature", it is guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit with fans of the New Spidey. The first of a multi-year series of original graphic novel stories about Marvel super heroes, it builds off the success of the Miles Morales book for older teens written by Jason Reynolds (Marvel, 2017). Miles is your average middle grader, except he is balancing his schoolwork with his nightly crime-fighting undercover work. When an earthquake does damage to his mother's homeland of Puerto Rico, Miles is on top of working to help raise relief funds for victims. He learns the father of a new classmate, Kyle, has been mysteriously abducted. The two work reluctantly together to find her father. Filled with trending terminology galore, Reynolds may be successful in drawing back kids who are reluctant readers, as they will hear themselves in the dialog. While the story is a bit convoluted and difficult to follow at times, he pulls everything together nicely. Graphic art by Eisner Award-nominated artist Pablo Leon promises to be fast and exciting. Leon uses frames to tell the story, however he does not ink in outlines or text. Without outlines, the illustrations are a bit "light" feeling; the text is inserted buy computer. Hardcore GN readers will feel a bit shorted, but they will get over it. Lots of action, lots of dialog spread out, with minimal passages of narrative (ex. p.25). If it were me, I would buy this in paperback form (ISBN - 978-1338648034) as it will wear out quickly! Optional Purchase for grades 4-9.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark Popovitch

    I read this with my 6yr old son and was surprised how much I enjoyed it too (I don’t have much exposure to graphic novels/comic books). The drawings were done well with beautiful coloring, and the storyline was simple enough for my son to follow while also being engaging and layered to hold my interest. Characterization was well done and developed through this short story (minus the villains, at least for this book, who were flat and lacked depth and motivation, but, again, that may just be for I read this with my 6yr old son and was surprised how much I enjoyed it too (I don’t have much exposure to graphic novels/comic books). The drawings were done well with beautiful coloring, and the storyline was simple enough for my son to follow while also being engaging and layered to hold my interest. Characterization was well done and developed through this short story (minus the villains, at least for this book, who were flat and lacked depth and motivation, but, again, that may just be for this episode). The themes of family, community, and friendship were woven nicely together and represented the strength of the book that carried the protagonists from conflict to resolution. And finally, the chapter breaks were superb—whether utilizing cliff hangers or shocking revelation, it was nearly impossible to put the book down! My son, who normally only wants one chapter read before he’s done listening, wanted two or three chapters read each sitting. He can’t wait for the next book to come out and even the preview for Ms Marvel: Stretched Thin that was included to close out the book had him quoting lines in anticipation for its Fall 2021 release. Great job!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexia

    I actually haven't seen Into the Spider-Verse, but this funny and sweet graphic novel definitely makes me want to watch it. I love Justin A. Reynolds' books, and he definitely did not miss the mark with this one either. The art was also great, and I can't wait to look through it again just focusing on the art and what I might have missed while reading. I liked how the author used Miles' culture to blend nonfiction events into this fictional world. Is the real villain colonialism? You'll have to r I actually haven't seen Into the Spider-Verse, but this funny and sweet graphic novel definitely makes me want to watch it. I love Justin A. Reynolds' books, and he definitely did not miss the mark with this one either. The art was also great, and I can't wait to look through it again just focusing on the art and what I might have missed while reading. I liked how the author used Miles' culture to blend nonfiction events into this fictional world. Is the real villain colonialism? You'll have to read and see. The characters were very enjoyable too, and Ganke was definitely my favorite. Miles does not seem like the best roommate, but the moments of him trying to better understand how to balance being Spider-Man and a good friend and son were heartwarming. Overall, people who love graphic novels and Marvel will really dig Shock Waves. The ending leaves you content but also hungry for more. I need to know what happens next, so I hope they release another one. *Thank you to the publisher for an ARC. All opinions are my own*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Middle grade to younger YA readers will be excited to have another graphic novel choice and extra thrilled that it is a superhero/Marvel comic-centered book. Author Justin A. Reynolds combines crime-fighting with other kid-friendly elements such as a new kid at school, family tragedy, friends helping friends, and a little dab of school based drama. True fans of the latest Marvel hero are likely to be unhappy with some deviations from the debut Miles Morales comic, but the target age group is lik Middle grade to younger YA readers will be excited to have another graphic novel choice and extra thrilled that it is a superhero/Marvel comic-centered book. Author Justin A. Reynolds combines crime-fighting with other kid-friendly elements such as a new kid at school, family tragedy, friends helping friends, and a little dab of school based drama. True fans of the latest Marvel hero are likely to be unhappy with some deviations from the debut Miles Morales comic, but the target age group is likely to be oblivious to the discrepancies. The younger end of the target audience may have to skip a few unfamiliar phrases, such as “going full Karen,” and others may not get references to dance moves and use of a bit of street slang, but context clues are enough to fill in the blanks. While not my personal choice in reading material, I am certain that my library patrons will enjoy this one. Text is free of all profanity, violence is limited to spidey webs and similar, and there is not sexual content. Thanks for the ARC, Scholastic-Graphix.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dahabo Wacays

    TBR, YOU ARE GOING DOWN! This was a fun look at preteen Miles Morales, brought to life by Justin Reynold's writing. The number of pop culture references were appreciated and also highlighted how many years its been since i was a wee teen. Some things never change - like artist block, which is relatable and the inability to dance (you're not alone, Miles). This graphic novel may be short but it covers a depth of topics like balancing all aspects of your life, environmental disasters, capitalism, f TBR, YOU ARE GOING DOWN! This was a fun look at preteen Miles Morales, brought to life by Justin Reynold's writing. The number of pop culture references were appreciated and also highlighted how many years its been since i was a wee teen. Some things never change - like artist block, which is relatable and the inability to dance (you're not alone, Miles). This graphic novel may be short but it covers a depth of topics like balancing all aspects of your life, environmental disasters, capitalism, family, friendships and dealing with creative blocks. All in all, a fun time for me and the physical tbr is down a book! BTW, I got this book for two reasons - one, im a huge fan of the franchise and two, ITS AUTHORED BY JUSTIN REYNOLDS!! I'm making a pledge (on goodreads!) to read more of his work since Long Way Down made me emotional in all the best ways and I'm excited to see where Miles goes next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I am a huge Marvel fan and getting see an Afro-Latino Spider Man on the big screen was incredible, even if his movie was animated. So when I got the chance to read Miles Morales: Shock Waves, I took it! Miles gives me a lot of the same feels as Tom Holland’s Spider Man gives me. He has the same High School excitement to be a superhero, as well as the nerdy best friend. My fave part about him is that he is Puerto Rican. This book goes into his ethnicity and love for his family’s home in PR more th I am a huge Marvel fan and getting see an Afro-Latino Spider Man on the big screen was incredible, even if his movie was animated. So when I got the chance to read Miles Morales: Shock Waves, I took it! Miles gives me a lot of the same feels as Tom Holland’s Spider Man gives me. He has the same High School excitement to be a superhero, as well as the nerdy best friend. My fave part about him is that he is Puerto Rican. This book goes into his ethnicity and love for his family’s home in PR more than I remember from the other books I’ve seen him in. There was also a nice little cameo from Squirrel Girl & Ms Marvel, as well as talks about the Inhumans. All whom I LOVE!!! So that was exciting. Thanks to Scholastic for sending me an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Veronika

    Today, August 3rd 2021, marks 10 years since the creation of Miles Morales! It’s been a whole decade since Miles, created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, first appeared in Ultimate Fallout issue 4 and burst onto the comic book scene with his superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, venom blast, invisibility, and signature Air Jordans. Since then this kid Spider-Man has become an inspiration for children everywhere and has become a beacon of representation for Black Today, August 3rd 2021, marks 10 years since the creation of Miles Morales! It’s been a whole decade since Miles, created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, first appeared in Ultimate Fallout issue 4 and burst onto the comic book scene with his superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, venom blast, invisibility, and signature Air Jordans. Since then this kid Spider-Man has become an inspiration for children everywhere and has become a beacon of representation for Black and Afro-Latinx presence in the Marvel universe and comics as a whole. In this latest adventure Miles Morales: Shock Waves, Miles’ family faces devastation and loss when his mother’s homeland of Puerto Rico is hit hard by earthquakes. Miles takes it upon himself, with the help of his parents and his Brooklyn community, to throw a fundraiser to bring relief to the rebuilding efforts there. However, Miles must find a way to juggle his superhero life with that of the lives of his family and friends while also trying to stop the new bad gals in town and help a friend who’s father has suddenly gone missing. I love Miles Morales, but outside of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the Miles Morales video game, I had never read any of his comics so this was my first time seeing him in action on the page as opposed to the screen. This was the perfect introduction and was a quick read that was easy to follow. We see Miles trying his best to cope with life as Spider-Man; he is trying to get his priorities straight and balance being a superhero versus being present for his family and friends and he struggles with it at times. He begins falling asleep in class as a result of being out all night fighting crime and protecting the city and even has to go to Peter Parker for advice. However, he eventually gets it together in the end. This graphic novel had a great story that kept me engrossed and I loved getting to see more of Miles outside of his costume, see him working on his art, and hanging out with his family and tech-savvy friends Ganke and Kyle. I’m hoping that this one gets a sequel because I definitely want to know what happens next! Rating: 🕸🕸🕸🕸🕸/5 (5 sticky spiderwebs out of 5)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    This book was ok. The art was absolutely amazing don’t get me wrong, a little stiff in some places but that’s all. However, I feel like the writing was tad Mary Sue in nature. The whole world seemed to fit around miles perfectly and there was no moments of reflection. I also feel like the characters were assholes out of nowhere sometimes which threw me off. I wish they would’ve focussed on a topic like Miles talking to Kyle about her dad and his uncle and how he dealt with the grief or maybe him This book was ok. The art was absolutely amazing don’t get me wrong, a little stiff in some places but that’s all. However, I feel like the writing was tad Mary Sue in nature. The whole world seemed to fit around miles perfectly and there was no moments of reflection. I also feel like the characters were assholes out of nowhere sometimes which threw me off. I wish they would’ve focussed on a topic like Miles talking to Kyle about her dad and his uncle and how he dealt with the grief or maybe him showing her his secret identity showing her that he feels comfortable around her. Either way the story was just just felt quick and easy with no proper roadblocks. 3/5 but mostly for the art style which was super cute.

  29. 5 out of 5

    S

    Two successive disastrous earthquakes strike Puerto Rico. Miles Morales, a teen who juggles between his life as a student and Spiderman, sets up a fundraiser to support the victims. When the fundraiser is at its peak his new friend's father mysteriously disappears and two mysterious girls seem to have acquired superpowers. Later, everything seems to connect. The plot was as good as any other marvel ones. Especially liked the choice of a superhero which the readers can relate to. The illustrations Two successive disastrous earthquakes strike Puerto Rico. Miles Morales, a teen who juggles between his life as a student and Spiderman, sets up a fundraiser to support the victims. When the fundraiser is at its peak his new friend's father mysteriously disappears and two mysterious girls seem to have acquired superpowers. Later, everything seems to connect. The plot was as good as any other marvel ones. Especially liked the choice of a superhero which the readers can relate to. The illustrations were vibrant and motivate the reader to read on. Can't wait for the book to hit the stores and similar books to follow.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    All of the coolest characters and a few girl villains that test Spiderman's problem-solving and superhero abilities. What an awesome action-packed graphic novel for middle grade with colorful art, action on every page, a clean look to the panels, and fun dialogue. Miles is at his boarding school, he's going to help his mom with a fundraiser after an earthquake in Puerto Rico (her home country), but then there's this rock that he's got and trying to figure out what it is since a girl he meets rec All of the coolest characters and a few girl villains that test Spiderman's problem-solving and superhero abilities. What an awesome action-packed graphic novel for middle grade with colorful art, action on every page, a clean look to the panels, and fun dialogue. Miles is at his boarding school, he's going to help his mom with a fundraiser after an earthquake in Puerto Rico (her home country), but then there's this rock that he's got and trying to figure out what it is since a girl he meets recognizes it as well and has a mysterious text from her missing dad. It works so well and I can't wait to read more from this series.

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