WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garron, on sale Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Spider-Man has some of the most recognizable villains of any superhero, with standouts including the likes of Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and Venom. One thing you'll find in Spider-Man's rogue gallery are various animal-themed adversaries, from the flying Vulture to the stinging Scorpion.
Miles Morales may be one of the newer Spider heroes in the Marvel Universe, but he's quickly made a name for himself (while also headling his own animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). He also took the spotlight in the recently-concluded Spider-Geddon event series, where he co-lead a group of Spider heroes from across the multiverse alongside the villain-turned-hero Otto Octavius, the newly-minted Superior Spider-Man.
With Spider-Geddon in the rearview mirror, Marvel has relaunched Miles' solo comic with the title Miles Morales: Spider-Man, written by Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt, Exiles) and illustrated by Javier Garron (Secret Warriors). Though Miles has made his own enemies during his time as a superhero, he has still run across some classic Spider-Man foes.
His latest experience is previewed in this week's Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 with the massive Rhino. Of course, Miles suspects Rhino of being behind a case of missing teenagers, but the truth is they both are after the same thing. Miles is looking for his girlfriend's cousin and Rhino is searching for his deceased wife's niece. The result is an unlikely team-up between a spider and a rhino.
A team-up between hero and villain is a longtime staple of superhero comics. Spider-Man even has a knack of helping to reform his former enemies, with Sandman constantly flip-flopping from good to evil on a whim. Rhino constantly tells Miles he doesn't want any trouble and is only after his missing niece. Heck, Rhino didn't even squash Miles like a bug while he was knocked unconscious. That's gotta count for something, right?
"You think a big guy like me just lives to punch people, huh?" Rhino asked. "I got no beef with you, squirt"
Beef or no beef, the duo will have to work together to get to the bottom of these missing person cases. For Miles' sake, we hope he can trust Rhino to do the right thing.