WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #12 by Saladin Ahmed, Javier Garrón, VC's Cory Petit, David Curiel, and Ken Lashley, on sale now.
The Miles Morales version of Spider-Man is known for having one of the strongest powers in the Spider-Verse with his Venom Blast. The attack shocks enemies with a bio-electric shock that can take down advanced tech in the process. While the move has seemed over-powered at times, in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #12, his trusted Venom Blast is foiled not once, but twice.
Upset that his uncle Aaron has returned to action and is intent on killing bad guys to settle debts, Miles first tries to deescalate the situation by taking down Prowler with his Venom Blast. He lands a shot on him, knocking him down using the move, but instead of disabling Prowler's armor and defeating him, his uncle gets up and says, despite the blast hurting "like Hell," his suit is insulated for protection. It's a defense Miles doesn't see coming.
The two continue to spar when the original Spider-Man villain, Man-Mountain Marko decides to join in on the action. After getting a few licks against the strongman, Morales runs out of web fluid and turns to his Venom Blast once again. While the Venom blast shocks Man-Mountain Marko, it barely does any damage. Marko goes on the attack after telling Miles, "I been takin' my special vitamins." Failing to incapacitate him, Prowler is forced to join the fight alongside Miles. A frustrated Spider-Man immediately states: "Two people shaking off my Venom blast in one day? This is ridiculous."
To see the Venom Blast getting countered with such relative ease is a surprising turn for Miles. It's been his get-out-of-trouble escape move for the longest time. Knowing Miles and his abilities well, Prowler's insulation suit is a perfect punch back. Sure, it still hurts to get electrocuted, but unlike before, Prowler is not immediately taken down. He can keep on fighting.
Miles' Venom Blast is without question his go-to move against tough enemies that are taken down heavy hitters in the past. Back in 2012's Spider-Men #2 by Brian Michael-Bendis, Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor, when Miles first encounters Earth-616 Peter Parker, he immediately takes him down with his Venom move.
More recently, in 2018's Venom #3 by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, Miles uses the Venom Blast to separate Eddie Brock from Knull's connection to the symbiote. Eddie even asks Miles for some the Venom Blast so that he can fight the symbiote dragon. The Venom Blast helps eventually reveal Knull's true form. It packs real power. In the right situation, it is an incredible tool to have at his disposal.
Now that Prowler and Mountain-Man Marko have figured out just how to deal with the Venom blast, it's time for Spider-Man to figure out a different strategy to take down opponents. Otherwise, his most powerful move won't matter. Making his Venom Blaster easier to deal with was a smart move by Ahmed. It has arguably been too powerful in the past, so to see people start to adapt is a welcome sight. Miles will need to get more creative as more bad guys figure out how to deal with his previously crippling move. Let's see how Miles fights back.