I wrote a lot just before sending it the first time and tumblr ate my draft. *grumble grumble*
I liked it because it didn’t really fuck with the present. It’s a thing with future arcs like 2099 that I don’t like because it all of the sudden becomes interpreted as the end goal and it limits the scope of what could be done. Especially Cyberpunk futures which is an outdated genre. Ahmed didn’t set out to make the End canon. It was a fun one off story that isn’t essential to read at all. It doesn’t establish anything for Miles. The opposite of that bullshit Sitting in a Tree that Bendis and Latour penned. I hate it and still do.
What I love is that Ahmed stays true to the character and doesn’t yield to the setting. Someone on TV tropes has Miles called an Anti-Nihilist which I contend with because I am sure the kid practices Catholicism but regardless, the core of the trope is that Miles is about doing what he can to help the world be better even in dark times. So it becomes a logical conclusion that even in a Fallout-esque bleak setting, Miles chooses to be an unapologetic beacon of goodness and kindness that uplifts and defends his community. And that speaks volumes.
Speaking of which, Maxine is an interesting character because she is the daughter of Ganke and that automatically alludes to something that could be happening in the present. She doesn’t have distinct characteristics to tell you who her mother is but the fact that she has one hints that Ganke may be coming back into the spotlight with a girlfriend whether it is Danika or someone else is up to interpretation. And also the relationship between Maxine and Miles could be interpreted as Miles and Ganke fathering a child themselves if some yaoi fangirl really wants to twist that in there. I mean Ganke is technically pansexual so…
The only con I have is the art. I’ve never been a huge fan of Scott’s work even in Batgirl but it is not because it’s bad. I think it is great but it feels too cartoony compared to Garron’s or Jenn Bartel’s who I think Ahmed is bigging up because he wants to work with her. Anyways, I think is style is appropriate for story being told.
I have complete faith in Ahmed because he wasn’t interested in telling a story in spite of the character like Donny Cates is doing with Venom. He wanted to develop him and that he has. It’s a good fucking comic. And that is all I could ask for.
Did a video short for his roll as Spider Ham, and I love it so fucking much.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) prequel ‘Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham’ follows Spider-Ham, a Looney Tunes take on Spiderman, as he faces off against bad guys, chows down on hot dogs, and makes plenty of food-based puns.