News broke two years ago when a teenager of African American and Latino descent replaced the deceased Peter Parker to become the new Spider-Man. Enter Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man.
Brian Michael Bendis is writing this story, as he wrote the 160 issues of Peters Ultimate story-line also, and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Bendis is also the current writer on Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy, of Marvel and Icon’s Eisner Award-winning Powers. He’s a legend, having written for the last 17 years with all major brands, he is predominantly Marvel now. Bendis writes a slow burner styled story, which I personally enjoy although I know more people want one and done books, I appreciate an ongoing series continuing from itself, and grow much like we ourselves continue too.
The art started with Sara Pichelli (Star Trek, Runaways, X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back), who also did some of the recent issues, however David Marquez (All-New X-Men) has since taken over art chores, and each do an outstanding job. The art in this book is great, and fits in with the feel of the book, and works as what should be the flagship book of Marvels Ultimate Universe. Vibrant colors and modern art really excel in this book.
The story follows a young boy, Miles Morales, as he comes to turns with gaining powers similar to Spider-Man. He decides he doesn’t need to act on his new powers as Spider-Man is doing a great job as it is, and he doesn’t want to be a hindrance. Miles has the same abilities as Peter, however he also has the ability to turn invisible, and an electric strike dubbed the Venom Strike. Not being the genius that Peter was, Miles doesn’t have web-shooters of his own. Peter eventually dies after constant battles, and Miles is there to see his final moments. Guilt ridden, he believes it’s his fault that Peter died and dons the red and blue to honor the fallen hero. New York becomes upset at him for being an impostor and feel it’s in poor taste for him to wear Peters old uniform. He eventually gains his own costume, and fights on to gain New Yorks approval. Miles has his own cast, being from Brooklyn, with recurring visits from members of Peters life, including some of the remaining rogues from his gallery.
I really enjoy the ultimate universe take on Spider-Man as it is a more modern twist, and I enjoyed seeing Ultimate Peter succeed as he did, however seeing this new Spider-Man succeed is just as gratifying. This book is friendly for all ages, and is a great coming of age story, as Spider-Man is meant to be. I enjoy Miles and if you want a different take on Spider-Man, without mindswappy goodness, written by a stellar author, pick up Marvel’s Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man vol.2.
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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man is collected in trade paperbacks and released monthly. You can also find it on Comixology. - Oz