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Tiny Navajo Reads: Miles Morales Vol. 2

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis

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*Published October 20, 2015*

miles morales 2In this second volume, we see Miles work to become the superhero that he believes is needed, even if no one else wants/needs him. We also see what happens when those you love are caught in the crossfire you choose to be in.

Miles Morales is still getting used to being Spider-Man when Captain America makes him a very special offer. Is Miles really joining the Ultimates? With a wounded nation crying out for heroes, Miles Morales is determined to prove that he has what it takes! But when a terrifying new Venom symbiote surfaces, armed with the truth about the incident that gave the new Spider-Man his powers, Spidey might have just made his first true archenemy. COLLECTING: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) 13-28, 16.1

I think this is the volume where we see Miles grow and change the most, both for good and for bad. We see Miles become Spider-Man, a Spider-Man that is needed, but one that is rejected on several levels because of how young he is. When Miles is offered the chance to join the Ultimates, he jumps at the chance to prove that he can be Spider-Man. It all comes crashing down on his head though when a new Venom symbiote surfaces with info about Miles’s creation and what it means for him, the Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, and Norman Ozborn’s Green Goblin. It leads to the death of a family member, someone who would have believed in Miles indefinitely. It also leads to the injury of another, causing Miles to doubt who he is and what it means to be Spider-Man.

We see Miles vacillate between believing that what he is doing is for the greater good and that he can truly be a superhero to turning his back on being Spider-Man for the pain and trouble that it has not only brought him, but his family has well. Most times when we see superheroes, they are already adults with some of their life in order. Miles is literally just a kid, he was 11 when he got bit and received his powers and I believe 13 when he fully became Spider-Man. A kid who loses a parent, another is injured and he still has to go through puberty all while trying to be Spider-Man?! That’s asking a lot of someone, even when they aren’t Spider-Man.

I think what I liked most about this is that we see Miles go through so much that I would not even blink an eye if he decided that he needed to get away from New York, away from this place of superheroes, and just decide to be a kid. No one needs that much responsibility from such a young age, an age where you barely know what going on inside of you even without the spider bite to make you into Spider-Man. Yet, Miles Morales chooses to continue. He chooses to be Spider-Man. He CHOOSES to do what he thinks will best help his home that is to pull on the mask and save those he can.

What have you chosen to do that would have crushed you? Why did you choose to do so? Don’t comment on this one if you don’t want, this being a bit more personal. But do think about it and what it has brought you in your life.


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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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the hate u giveAs I mentioned in my review of All American Boys, I haven’t read many books before that one that truly dealt with racism and how that affects everyday real life. This is my second book that I had to read that deals with racism and real life, and this was something that is still hard for me to wrap my head around a little.

Starr Carter has struck an uneasy balance in her world. She lives in a poor black neighborhood, but she goes to a nearly white private school about an hour away. She is Starr Carter, daughter to “Big Mav” in her neighborhood who everyone knows is a former gang member of the biggest gang in the area. At her private school, she is Starr Carter, automatically cool because she is one of the few black kids at her school. She lives as two very different people, being careful that neither of her two lives overlap and spill over into each other. All her caution though is thrown out the window the night her best friend from her neighborhood is killed in an officer shooting.

Starr is the only one to have seen what happened the night Khalil was killed, and now she is struggling with what she should do. Should she go forward and tell the detectives what she saw that night, about the officer shooting Khalil? Or should she stay quiet and hope that every works out for the best? Either way, her life in her neighborhood starts to leak over into her life at school when people find out that Khalil grew up in her neighborhood, and that Starr may have even known him. Starr can’t figure out who she should be when things start to get even worse for her. She is called forward to testify, to tell the truth of what happened that night, but even though she does what she’s told is the right thing to do, things don’t go the way they should have.

As with all things in life, there is prejudice and bias in all that you will do. There is social injustice based on the color of one’s skin, where you live, what you do, and who your family is. And for some people, there is more prejudice aimed at them, whether they want it or not for reasons that are not their own.

What books have you read that have hit you where it hurts? Have opened your eyes to what’s happening, even if it’s not happening to you? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: All American Boys

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

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all american boysI haven’t read many books that deal with racism and how that affects people in real life. I have with fantasy, and I have in science fiction, but reading a book that deals with actual life, a contemporary novel, especially with the political atmosphere as it is today.

All American Boys tells the story of racism from the eyes of two different boys, two different lives, two different views, one school and one thread in common. They are both affected by racism that physically affected only one of them.

It all started with the graffiti on the sidewalk. But technically, it all started when Rashad was accused of stealing from a local minimart when all he was trying to do was reach for his cellphone. All that Quinn saw was his best friend’s older brother beat a young black man to the ground again and again. It started again when Quinn decided that it was best for everyone if he just kept what he saw quiet. But when it’s days before Rashad is out of the hospital for the wounds that were inflicted on him by the police officer that things at school start to heat up more and more as sides are taken and true feelings start to emerge.

Rashad wonders why he has done all the things that his father taught him about how to deal with the police, joined the ROTC, and have done everything right yet still, be thought to be stealing because of the color of his skin. Quinn wonders if he really knew his surrogate father, his best friend’s older brother, the police officer who beat up his classmate, or if he only knew a small part of him. As these two boys continue throughout life, trying to figure out what they truly believe and know about life and the circumstances that brought them into one another’s circles, and whether or not racism will truly be gone in society.

Have you ever read a book that made you truly think about society? Like, truly TRULY think, not just about race, but about your own place in society? If you have comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

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shadowshaperThis was…okay. Not my favorite book to read, but I love the concept for it. I think that’s what kind of disappoints me about it.

Shadowshapers has the concept that there are a certain group of people who have access to the spirit world in such a way as to infuse their artwork, music, and stories with “shadows,” the spirits that hang around in a kind of limbo around them. And that concept of a magic is amazing, especially for those who love to work with art in any way, shape, and form. It’s just the way the story was written, it felt rushed, it didn’t fully pull me in, and the writing for the main character was just…weird. I don’t know, it just felt like it was kind of unfinished.

You have Sierra, a person of color teenager who is just looking forward to just enjoying her summer and painting her dragon on the eyesore in her community. She has her family, her friends, and all else that teenagers need. But once a zombie creature crashes the first party of the summer season, and her grandfather starts saying that he’s sorry, Sierra learns of a community that she never knew of but that her family has always been a part of. But there is a malevolent force that seeks to not only destroy the shadowshapers, but her family along with it. As Sierra comes into her powers, she not only learns who she is, but who her family is, and what her heritage is.

I do know that it’s just the first book in a series, and I also know that’s part of the reason why it feels unfinished, but it’s more than that. The story, the concept had such great potential, that this book has been on my TBR list for over a year! And now that I’ve read it, I feel kind of let down. The execution of the story let it down.