I originally had something else planned for today, but how can I pass up the news that Ultimate Spiderman, hot on the heals of Peter Parker getting killed off, is making a new character Spiderman.
Miles Morales will apparently slide into Peter Parker's still warm costume. It looks as though, Miles will be mentored by MJ and and Aunt May and will deal with the same theme of "with great power, comes great responsibility." Not sure where the power comes from, but maybe Spiderman is like the Flash (no not Flash Thompson, the DC character) and he is powered by a force that is passed down through the ages. I will call said force the Spider-Force. Eventually we will have multiple Spidermen and they will be able to travel in time by shooting webbing at a treadmill.
The Ultimate line has a tendency to re-imagine their characters as minorities. Granted the Marvel universe is a very Eurocentric type place. Minority characters seldom take the starring roles and the Ultimate Universe is trying to change that by changing popular, established characters. I tend to think this is the wrong way to do it (once with Nick Fury was neat), but, unfortunately, I do not make creative decisions at Marvel. Miles Morales is half black/half hispanic. From comments by the artists about, black and/or gay characters one day not turning heads, I think he will most likely be gay as well. What it comes down to is, will the readers relate to the new Spiderman. Well, they have the half black/half hispanic, gay, marvel comics reading community sured up.
It makes me miss my original minority Spiderman, though. Bring back Spiderman 2099. Miguel rocks!