“I guess change is good for any of us” –Tupac Shakur
The late, great iconic rapper nailed it: change is good for anyone, even your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. In Marvel’s Ultimate universe, change has been erupting all over the place. In recent years, the universe has lost Cyclops, Daredevil, Professor X and Magneto among many more. Well, within the past few months, you can add one more: Peter Parker. Wait, isn’t this a spotlight ON Spider-Man?
Well yes, Spider-man is alive, but Peter perished defending his family. So now, the buzz has been around this new Spider-Man, Miles Morales. The youngster of African American and Puerto Rican descent has caught the comic book world on fire, and not all of it is good. Many are crying foul on how Marvel could do this to such a staple character of the universe (remember, Ultimate universe, not normal Marvel universe). With the month having a slew of new #1’s from DC, Marvel is releasing new #1’s for its Ultimate line. How do the new adventures of Spider-Man pan out?
Thankfully, it all works so far. The issue is more of a set up for the series than a full-blown Spider-Man issue. We get to see Miles and his parents going to sign up for a charter high school, as well as how exactly Miles ended up with these very familiar powers. With a major familiar face thrown in, the story ties it all together nicely, leaving readers clamoring for the next issue.
Brian Michael Bendis created Ultimate Spider-Man, and he is writing the new title as well. From the looks of this issue, he hasn’t messed a step, as capturing the essence of humanity and all its own personal voices is something the writer is notorious for. Art is by Sara Pichelli, an artist I have not heard of in the past, but she does a great job of capturing the emotions etched in each character.
All in all, I think I will stick around on this title, no pun intended. For me, change is a good thing, and if it leads to a great story, then it’s a great thing. I give the book a @@@@ out of 5. Pick it up, and be ready for a new era in web slinging.