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Peter Parker died in issue 160 of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and speculation as to who is successor would be soon followed. Some people thought one of the clones would take his place, while others thought Jessica Drew or Kitty Pryde would take over. Well in Ultimate Fallout #4, we finally got a glimpse of Parker's successor, a half black, half hispanic teenager by the name of Miles Morales. The introduction of Morales as Spider-Man was mixed. Some welcomed the idea of a ethnically diverse Spider-Man, while others opposed it, and some who did not want Parker to die in the first place. Could this be a mistake Marvel will soon regret? Or a breath of fresh air in the comic book world that is long overdue?
I've been reading a lot of comments on various websites that discuss Miles Morales, and a lot of them are negative. I can understand why some people don't like the change, Parker was and always will be Spider-Man in my eyes and in many others. Other's are simply outraged that a character with a diverse ethnic background is taking over the role of a white character. Where do I stand in all this? Well, I'll tell you. I'm upset that Marvel has decided to kill off Peter Parker. Especially since I just subscribed to the comic just a few issues before he died, but that's beside the point. Yes, like many people I think that killing off Parker was a mistake on Marvel's part. Killing off such an iconic character never goes over too well with fans and Parker is no exception. Having Morales take his place if Parker decided to retire or take on the role of another hero would've been fine with me, but I simply don't like the fact that they killed off Parker just to replace him.
With that being said, I am also not a fan of resurrection in comic books. I believe that if a character dies, he or she should remain dead. If Morales flops as a character, we may be seeing the return of Parker quite sooner than expected (if at all). I felt emotional when Parker died, and seeing the variant cover of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #160 amplifies those emotions. As a writer thats what you want to do. You want to get your readers emotionally attached to these characters, then if something tragic like death happens to them, the readers will feel sad. If Marvel brings back Parker in anyway, all those feelings of sadness will completely disappear and the emotional impact that issue 160 had on me would be worthless.
The race card, I am not a fan of it. Marvel has stated that they knew the new Spider-Man,
"Had to be a character that represents the diversity-in background and experience-of the twenty-first century."
Everything has to be politically correct nowadays. I do not care what so ever, what race or ethnicity a person is, even for a fictional character. I don't mind that the new Ultimate Spider-Man is black and hispanic. The press has been treating this like it's some big revolution in the comic book industry. Simply put, it's not. It's just another guy in a costume no matter what the color of his skin is. If Bendis writes great stories of Morales as Spider-Man, why should his skin color be a big deal? How ever Morales performs as Spider-Man is what really matters, not the color of his skin or his ethnic background. Because after all, Morales is a human being, just like the rest of us.