Brian Michael Bendis Talks Spider-Man #1

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Character Takeover, Comic Book News
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Now there’s new Spider-Man #1 info?

There is? What happened to Miles Morales in Secret Wars?

Eh, we’ll do a review on it eventually.

Hint hint readers!

So what’s the information?

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis about the new series, and he said some pretty interesting things about Miles and the new series.

We have a character who just went through their first big Marvel events, and these events rattled the audience so much because they know it can change the character and change the way the characters relate to each other…And Miles just went through something huge. And even though time has passed, we can see that he’s struggling to be Miles.

So Miles is basically like Peter Parker now?

Not necessarily. He’s an Avenger, and he has to balance out teenage problems with superhero problems.

Just like Parker!

I’m more concerned with EW’s choice of words in that first statement alone. “The opening page of the issue really stuck out…because it’s the first time we see Spider-Man’s skin color.” Um…no?


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Bendis isn’t doing too much better! “This is the first time the public will have known that this new Spider-Man has brown skin.”

Maybe they mean the public in the Marvel Universe finally sees Spider-Man’s skin color?

I hope so. Otherwise, that’s pretty awkward.

What else do they say?

Well, Bendis does keep going with this:

You’re actually drawing new characters and keeping the differences between Miles and Peter — which are substantial but at the same time, subtle, visually and in dialogue and more importantly, in choices that they make. Miles makes different choices than Peter…Peter’s shadow does loom heavy over what he’s decided to do. But at the same time, he’s not sure who he is as a person yet. So how can he be everything everyone wants him to be? That’s a responsibility you either shy away from or try to step up to.

Trying hard to split Miles and Peter huh?

Hope so, because they sound a lot alike right now.

He’s already trying to squash the complaints about diversity too.

Isn’t that an old wooden ship?

There’s the misconception by some that this is just about diversity or just about African-American Spider-Man. I hope that people who have heard about Miles in a positive way try this out because they’ll see that it is character first, book first and these other things that we’re talking about that mean so much they come out of that in their own — but this is all about as good a comic as we can and taking the idea of Spider-Man into new areas as best we can.

I might pick it up. Any previews of the first issue?

Actually yes, there are! All our readers can check out the sample pages in the slideshow below.

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Spider-Man #1 will swing into stores on Wednesday, February 3.

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