New Yorkers take their fictional heroes seriously, so it may come as a shock to some that Peter Parker, the Queens native whose destiny was forever altered by a radioactive/genetically altered spider, has been killed off in the “Ultimates” imprint of Marvel Comics. The Ultimate series is different from Marvel’s standard line, in which Peter Parker is still happily toiling away as everybody’s favorite hard-luck hero. No, in the Ultimates series, Peter Parker gets killed at the hands of his nemesis the Green Goblin. But, being a comic book series, no hero stays dead for long. While Peter Parker may be gone, a new kid is stepping into the tights: Miles Morales. Miles Morales is a half-black, half-Hispanic super-powered teen who gets into the hero game after being inspired by Parker’s death.

“He’s younger than Peter Parker, he’s coming from a completely different background, a completely different world view,” writer Brian Michael Bendis told the Associated Press. Bendis, who has been writing Ultimate Spider-Man (and many other) comics for Marvel since 2000, is enthusiastic about the change. “I’m now sitting with a pile of legitimately new Spider-Man stories to tell and that is the best news a writer could have.”

Sign of the times, eh?




  1. Benjamin says:

    I am not bothered by this. It is better than watching a Peter Parker origins story over and over again. Besides, it is in the Ultimate Universe where Marvel can do experimental things with their comic books.

    Seriously, what is there to be so upset about?

    I am surprised Bobbo hasn’t weighed in.

  2. Ah_Yea says:

    He’s too busy bothering someone else.

  3. Ah_Yea says:

    Watch, this new Spiderman gets killed by the Evil Doc Teabag in December 2012.

  4. Glenn E. says:

    Proving that printed fantasies are just a business. And not some expression of morality and ethics, for the good of mankind. Whatever market has the spare cash to buy these publications. Dictates their latest costumed hero. Someday it’ll be a Hispanic or Chinese Superman, or Batman. Or whoever currently has a job. Clearly, fewer Caucasian Americans do, if comic books are catering to other “markets” now, by replacing the original characters, with their own ethic heroes. And this new Spiderman is a racial mix, at that. Just to fill a wider market. In case one isn’t enough.

    And I hear that Stan Lee is still working on the first gay superhero, for British Tv (not SF and NYC cable?) No word on what “his” super power will be. You can only imagine. But it probably won’t be related this the character’s “lifestyle”. After all, Superman’s power wasn’t to make people want to read the Daily Planet. But I just can’t see creating a new superhero, based on 3% of the world population. By that stretch of logic, there ought to be a Native American super hero. How many casinos do they need to run, to get one?

  5. Cursor_ says:

    I don’t care.

    Spiderman was a wuss always bemoaning should he do this or do that anyway.

    Shit or get off the pot.

    Cursor_

  6. Glenn E. says:

    BTW, as someone pointed out on another blog, why aren’t there more (or any?) left-handed super heroes? Isn’t a 10% market share enough of a target audience? If a 3% market gets a gay super hero? And BTW, I’m thinking the “gay” aspect will be the character’s secret identity. While being openly Super.

  7. Drive By Poster says:

    #24 “And I hear that Stan Lee is still working on the first gay superhero, for British Tv”

    Stan Lee’s probably going to retcon Stripperella as a Lesbian with a cockney accent.

  8. ReadyKilowatt says:

    Wait a minute… just how many radioactive spiders are there in the Marvel universe? I mean, ones that are just radioactive enough to impart superpowers to the bite recipient without causing radiation poisoning.

    Now they’re just being silly.

    ;-)

  9. ActualComicBookReader says:

    “And I hear that Stan Lee is still working on the first gay superhero”
    -His name is Northstar, and he’s been in the Marvel Universe for years.

    Guys, this is not about PC, this is about rebooting the Marvel Universe. Is anyone mad that the Punisher’s tale has been rebooted so that he ALLOWS his family to be killed in order to have an excuse to become a soldier again? Hardly PC.

    If you haven’t been reading Marvel comics for at least a few years, please do so before judging the motivations of the writers and/or company.

  10. McCullough says:

    Ambiguously Gay Duo?

  11. JimD says:

    Well, the Census showed “Lily White” America is GETTING A TAN !!! So it’s smart for the Comics to follow !!!

  12. Faxon says:

    Purpleman.

  13. Angel H. Wong says:

    The last time I saw this many old men argue about a boy with sticky white goo on his hands it was at a NAMBLA rally.

  14. The0ne says:

    Sounds like typical of teenagers these days, especially the Asian ones.

    “I’m of Chinese, Filipino, Dutch, Russian, etc…” BS, you’re fcking Hmong, period. Live with it idiot.

    That’s what I tell my nephews and nieces with the f word of course. Half black and half hispanic? Seriously, that is really f-up.

  15. foobar says:

    Um, what is the politically correct part?

  16. Palooka says:

    Why not? A lot of current residents of Queens can identify with this kid. Remember the object of any comic book is to sell.

  17. Uncle Patso says:

    Comics are chewing gum for the mind — zero nutrition and the flavor’s gone in minutes, leaving the chewer with nothing but tired jaws.

    Except Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, which is a work of art.

  18. Obvious1 says:

    I find it fascinating that most people commenting on “the new Spider-Man” appear to have no ****ing idea how “death & replacement” has worked in superhero comics for the past 30 years (anyone remember the death of Superman?) or that Peter Parker has already “died” a couple of times in Marvel’s “Ultimate Universe” or that even in the Marvel Universe he was already replaced as Spider-Man a couple of times. Or that the Spider-Man of a spin-off line set 100 years in the future was Latino? I guess those who can’t learn their history are doomed to say a lot of stupid things when it repeats, and in superhero comics it always repeats.

  19. pedro says:

    #35 If you have to ask…

    #38 No, we don’t remember the death of superman because we don’t fucking care about comics.

    And if you wanna deal with personal loses, that’s part of what pets are for. Geez!

    We do care about the PC crap that flies around these days.

  20. pedro says:

    That is if you are so lucky that nobody in your family or on your friends circle dies before you hit 18.