Marvel gave us this teaser image of Miles Morales presumably walking away from his life as Spider-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man #23, out in May.
My first instinct when I saw this was obviously recognition. A hardcore Marvel fan knows this image is an homage to the classic Romita shot from The Amazing Spider-Man #50. My next instinct was, “isn’t this supposed to be the book where they do the things differently than they already did?” That was the whole point of the Ultimate books. I’m sure the story will be different, and that this image is a nod to Marvel’s past, but frankly, I’ve gotten pretty tired of nods to Marvel’s past. That might be because I’m an old crank who’s been hanging around the comic shop for too long (It is definitely that), but when you have an imaginative mind like Bendis and a great artist like Marquez, I can’t help but hanker for something new instead of something familiar. I also know that I’ve been hanging around comics long enough to understand that I’m pretty much alone in that regard, and comic fans eat that stuff up with a spoon. But that doesn’t mean that too much of it is healthy.
I have soapboxed! Just like Stan Lee did!
I’m sure the book will be good. It usually is. That’s the important thing.