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ART+PROGRESS: The New Blatino Spider-Man


Talk about THE Amazing Spider-Man.

With shock and perfectly pleasant awe I’ve been reading the reports about the reveal of the NEW Spider-Man now that Peter Parker has been killed off.

His name is Miles Morales. He’s half-black and half-latino, which most of us mixed breeds lovingly refer to as Blatino. (Yes I represent BIG time)

How do you feel about this? Shocked, surprised, feel like it’s about time? Let me know your thoughts.

Here is the report from USA TOday:

http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2011-08-01-black-spider-man_n.htm

Revealed today in Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Fallout Issue 4: The new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-Black, half-Latino teen named Miles Morales, reports USA Today. The famous Peter Parker was killed off by the Green Goblin in “Ultimate Spider-Man” No. 160 this summer.

In his first appearance, he simply breaks up a fight. But readers will learn the true origin of Morales and how he became the new Spider-Man when Ultimate Spider-Man relaunches in September with a new No. 1 issue. “The theme is the same: With great power comes great responsibility,” says writer Brian Michael Bendis. “He’s going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means.”

In addition to an alliterative name, Miles has a connection to his predecessor in how he received his powers. But he will have different abilities, too. Supporting characters such as Peter’s Aunt May and Gwen Stacy also will give Miles nuggets of wisdom to help his transition from young kid to New York City superhero.

More possible changes in the reboot: “Italian artist Sara Pichelli, who was integral in designing the new Spider-Man’s look, says, ‘Maybe sooner or later a black or gay — or both — hero will be considered something absolutely normal.'”

Bendis says the change is long “overdue.” Even though there’s some “amazing African-American and minority characters bouncing around in all the superhero universes,” the comic writer says. “It’s still crazy lopsided.”

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in ART

 

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