Many are familiar with Spider-Man but they not be familiar with the ones from alternate universes. For example, in one there is Miles Morales, a fine young colored gentleman. In another there is Spider-Gwen with Gwen Stacy under the mask. But what is even crazier is that they somehow crossed over and… well, ya know… Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen kiss. Since these two characters have kind of exploded in popularity it should be no surprise that this sort of thing happened. Too bad that it was basically a bait-and-switch hook that barely even happens at all at the very end of the story. Let’s take a deeper look.
The story is that Miles’ father, who knows his son’s identity, asked SHIELD to protect his son in exchange for him going back into service and working for the organization. However things make a turn for the worst when Miles is approached by an agent and tells him that his father is stuck in another dimension and has gone missing. This is the perfect setup for Miles to cross over and bump into Gwen Stacy. This will of course lead to Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen kissing by the end of the story arch. But the truth is there is a lot of missed opportunity here. When Gwen encounters Miles for the first time, the reaction was minimal. This is someone who had just discovered another spider character from a different dimension, and the story skips over what could have been a lengthy and interesting interaction. Instead we jump to a panel of them drinking soda somewhere. There is no explanation about trust or flirting or really much of anything at all. She doesn’t even ask who he is or where he came from. That’s some lazy writing if you ask me.
Unfortunately they really tease you with this kissing thing. They show it to you right away in Spider-Man 12 (2016 series) on the first page. but then you have to grudgingly read through like 120 pages just to get to the end and find out why they were kissing in the first place. Somewhere near the end they find out that they are married in another dimension. Perhaps this creates the interest that we see in Spider-Gwen 18. Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen kiss finally, but we only get a horribly-angled silhouette where you can’t tell that they are kissing at all. I feel bad for whoever read through this entire story (such as myself) to get basically no payoff. Even after the kiss, they both immediately decide that it was a mistake and no relationship will happen in the near future. Good grief.
The story arch titled Sitting in a Tree annoyingly spans across six issues and two comic series. So you’ll need Spider-Man 12, 13 and 14 (2016 series) and Spider-Gwen 16, 17, and 18 of the 2015 second series. Or you want to save your sanity just buy the Sitting in a Tree graphic novel. If I bought all of these issues individually just for the disappointing ending, I would have lost my mind. You don’t have to though, just grab the graphic novel version so you can flip through it, or just skip to the end if you wish. And let’s not beat around the bush here. You just want to take the first page of Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen kissing and tear it out of the book and tape it to your wall. It is pretty hot.