Miles Morales will headline a new ongoing series in December titled Miles Morales: Spider-Man from the creative team of writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Javier Garron.
This will mark the first Miles Morales solo comic not written by Brian Michael Bendis, who helped co-create the former Ultimate Spider-Man with artist Sara Pichelli.
“For my money, Spider-Man is, at his core, a teenage hero,” Ahmed told IGN. “In this book, Miles will be that Spider-Man: battling threats against the community and the city rather than the universe, and trying to do so while dealing with grades and bullies, family and botched dates. This is classic Spider-Man, but very much dealing with modern concerns and realities.”
While Ahmed said it is intimidating to follow Bendis on a Miles Morales series, he is confident he can put his own stamp on the young hero. “I’ve not spoken to Bendis, but he is absolutely brilliant, and his writing was one of the things that brought me back to super hero comics after years away,” he said. “So of course there’s some intimidation factor. But ultimately you have to just respect the work and creation of those who came before you while still being confident enough to put your own stamp on the stuff. Superheroes are myths built with layers of story. If other creators hadn’t gone on to help define Peter Parker after Lee and Ditko, we wouldn’t have the Spider-Man we know and love today.”
As for which villains Ahmed will pit Miles up against, he revealed it will be a mix of old Spider-Man foes like Rhino and someone close to Miles — his Uncle Aaron, the Iron Spider. “Of all the Marvel tropes, the hard-luck supervillain is maybe my very favorite, and Rhino is sort of the Ur example of that. It’s precisely because he’s a sort of artifact of the Silver Age of comics, this hulking prehistoric monster vs. Miles as a sort of young face of the modern super hero. There’s going to be some fun back-and-forth between them.”
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garron goes on sale in December from Marvel Comic.
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