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Birth Of A Hero: Spidey Is Back As A Half-Black

PTI 03 Aug 2011, 14:26:27 IST

Philadelphia, August 3: Peter Parker is dead and gone, but Spider-Man's still slinging webs and fighting crime.

And it's not just a new teenager climbing Manhattan buildings, it's an entirely new crime-fighter , from the color of his suit to the complexion of his skin.

Meet Miles Morales, a half-black , half-Hispanic American teenager who, inspired to do good after the death of Parker at the hands of the Green Goblin. Miles takes flight and has his first fight in the pages of Marvel Comics' “Ultimate Fallout” no. 4, in comic shops on Wednesday. The Ultimates imprint is separate from Marvel's bigger universe where Parker is alive and well.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis, who has scripted every issue of Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man since it first debuted in 2000 to wide acclaim, maintained a new hero would replace Parker , felled in the pages of “Ultimate Spider-Man” no. 160 this summer.

Bendis said that the decision came down to story, to keep it fresh and vital and new. Morales, he explained, is nothing like his predecessor.