Graphic Novel Review: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man – Scorpion
THE fledgling webslinger, aka 14-year-old Miles Morales, remains determined to honour the legacy of the late Peter Parker, despite obstructions from police and public alike, in this second volume focusing the adventures of the new Ultimate Spider-Man.
Unlike Parker, whose Uncle Ben inspired him to follow the lesson that “with great power comes great responsibility”, Miles’ Uncle Aaron is a far less positive role model, living a double life as the masked criminal The Prowler.
Returning to the States after crossing paths with Mexican crimelord the Scorpion, Aaron stumbles across proof positive that his nephew has adopted the identity of the new wall crawler, having played a decisive role in the accident which gave him his powers.
Meanwhile, Miles is caught up trying to juggle his personal life with his costumed career, including developing a fighting style which is an improvement on the random acts of jumping around and hitting things which has somehow kept him alive to date. The Daily Bugle’s revelation that there is a second Spider-Man patrolling New York just weeks after the death of Parker divides the city, even as Miles slowly proves his crime-fighting capabilities by foiling assorted muggers and super-powered thugs.
With the Scorpion hot on his trail, the Prowler threatens to expose Miles’ double life to his parents unless he helps him defeat the gang boss, leading to an alliance which is certain to have dramatic consequences for everyone involved…
The parallels and contrasts between Parker and Morales are sure to merit further examination in the months to come, but here it is the obvious differences between Uncles Ben and Aaron which propel the narrative in unexpected directions.
- 1 Plans to demolish riding stables to make way for housing
- 2 Man wanted in connection with police officer assault could be in Hitchin
- 3 Stevenage woman arrested following 'dangerous driving and assault'
- 4 Driver hospitalised with ‘serious injuries’ following crash in Hitchin
- 5 VOTE: Which is your favourite chip shop in all of Hertfordshire?
- 6 Hertfordshire grandad who died in A6 Bugatti crash had a 'generous spirit'
- 7 Former pub owner admits to food hygiene offences
- 8 Parents' anger as possible school redundancies loom amid academy transition
- 9 Met Office weather: Yellow storm and flood warning for East of England
- 10 Recap: Severe disruption on Great Northern and Thameslink trains to London
Writer Brian Michael Bendis has achieved the remarkable. He killed off the incredibly popular Ultimate version of Peter Parker and replaced him with a new character who has not only already won over readers, but has proved there’s scope for a variety of fresh and fascinating stories to be told featuring this incarnation of Spidey.