What? Don’t give me that look.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 hits stores this Wednesday, premiering the new bi-racial wall crawler Miles Morales. I can’t wait to see if Bendis crafts another down-to-earth realistic character like Peter Parker, or if he turns Miles into an over-the-top walking stereotype like so many other minority characters.
After the death of Peter Parker in Marvel Comic’s Ultimate line, a new hero has taken up the mantle of Spider-man to continue his wall crawling crusade on crime. Two weeks ago, Marvel leaked the identity of Parker’s web slinging successor: Miles Morales, a half-black/half-hispanic teen with similar spider powers and alliterative name. And the web’s reaction to this new biracial Spider-man has been mixed. No pun intended.
“SPIDER-MAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN WHITE!!” protesters on the Internet would cry out, their fists clenched in rage. “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! POLITICALLY CORRECT RACIST NONSENSE! SPIDEY IS RUINED FOREVER!”
Meanwhile, supporters of the new Spider-man are glad to see a kid that represents the diversity of the city he protects. Other supporters are proud to see a kid that represents THEM become the new Spider-man.
My reaction to my favorite superhero having a new secret identity that I can identify with?