When Brian Michael Bendis departed Marvel Comics at the start of the year, heading for DC Comics after almost two decades at Marvel, there were a lot of things left up in the air including who would handle the future of Miles Morales the former Ultimate Universe Spider-Man that Bendis co-created and handled almost all the adventures of for the last seven or eight years.
Now that question has been answered.
Marvel has announced a brand new Miles Morales: Spider-Man series launching in December from Black Bolt & Exiles writer Saladin Ahmed and Secret Warriors & Ant-Man and the Wasp artist Javier Garrón. This new series will find Miles “navigating his superpowered responsibilities as well as his personal ones,” much in the vein of Peter Parker when he was a teenage superhero himself. As Miles tries to have a regular life alongside being a street-level hero, his home neighborhood of Brooklyn is in store for some things as various criminals including Rhino begin to show up to cause trouble leading to Miles having to suit up once more to save the day.
” I love adult Peter dealing with adult troubles — just wrote an AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL about that! But Spider-Man is, in his essential origins, a teenage hero. And Miles will be that Spider-Man: facing threats against the neighborhood rather than the multiverse,” Ahmed said. “Super Villains, yes, but also other threats that speak to our times. He’ll be doing that while also trying to while dealing with bullies, assistant principals, and canceled teen dates. It’s going to be hard! Part of what we love about Spider-Man is all the crap he goes through. And Miles will be dealing with some dark realities of our modern world. But I also want this book to have a bright thread running through it, because what we really love about Spider-Man is that he keeps us smiling no matter how grim things seem.”
The iconic mantra of great power and great responsibility will extend beyond just the characters on the page, but to the creators as well as Garrón notes.
“Miles is essential in the Marvel Universe! I felt a bit like Spider-Man himself when I was offered the series. It’s a great power but it comes with great responsibility! Miles is the future… but now!” Garrón said. “You must portray him as the vital character he is in the great design of the Marvel Universe and at the same time keep him human, actual, and relatable as the icon of hope he is too. Spider-Man has always been the most incredible fantasy grounded in the most real world. You have this guy with real problems, set in a real city in the present, with the most amazing powers, villains and adventures. You must hit both notes and that’s what we’re set to do here.”
Since Miles has found himself square in the Marvel Universe since 2015’s Secret Wars, that will be reflected in his new series with some familiar faces.
“One of Marvel’s biggest heroes (not Peter Parker FWIW) will be a major guest star in the first arc,” Ahmed said. “And looking past that,the question of how Miles as the relatively new kid navigates the Marvel Universe’s world of living legends is a really rich one, and I’m looking forward to exploring it through guest stars and team-ups.”
Bendis might have been one of the main people leading the development and stories of Miles for years, but Ahmed and Garrón are ready to not only follow that up but put their own twist on things.
“Bendis has the following he does for a reason. His writing was one of the things that brought me back to Super Hero comics after years away, so I suppose there’s some intimidation factor,” Ahmed said. “But here as elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, I just try to respect the work of those who came before me while still putting my own stamp on these characters. Marvel stories are built from layers — other creators had to help define Peter Parker further after Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, or we wouldn’t have the Spider-Man we love today!”
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 arrives on December 12.