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. foobar says:

    Um, what is the politically correct part?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. foobar says:

    This new comic is “politically correct”!

    What the fuck does “politically correct” mean?

    It’s an old term. It’s like ‘All in the Family’. It means liberal and edgy.

    What the fuck is ‘All is the Family’?

    Something old people used to watch during the war.

  6. LibertyLover says:

    The Superman reboot stars a non-American.

  7. Skeptic says:

    He still loves Mary Jane, but it’s the *other* kind of Mary Jane.

    They considered him joining the Green Lantern, but instead they gave him a Green Card.

    … that’s all I got.

  8. cgp says:

    Tigers next career move!

  9. Chris Mac says:

    if your still reading commic books and playing video games.. good on ya.. if you give a shit about skin colour.. fuck ya

  10. Chris Mac says:

    oh.. nevermind
    utopia has closed up shop

  11. Breaking News! says:

    I’ve just learned from a Marvel insider that Stan Lee’s new gay superhero will be dubbed “Captain Fabulous”.

    He’ll design his own costume while a guest on Project Runway and his superpower will be a highly developed fashion sense which he’ll attain after having been nipped by a radioactive pinking shear.

    In the premier issue he’ll wage an epic battle against his arch nemesis the evilly attired Polyester Plaidman.

  12. LibertyLover says:

    #48, Holy Batshit! He’s fighting my uncle?


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