Brian Michael Bendis talks about what makes Miles Morales different from Peter Parker:
Miles doesn’t know if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. He doesn’t know what kind of guy he is and than he finds out that his father wasn’t that great a guy even thought he’s trying really hard to be one now. Then it’s his uncle too. So is this in him? Is this who he is? That’s something that Peter never had to struggle with. People who discover that they have alcoholics in their family often wonder, “Am I an alcoholic too? If I drink will I lose it?” So he worries about what kind of person he is. He doesn’t know.
Firstly: I think Miles is a good guy, but I really like the idea that he’ll continue to become a better good guy because he’s never sure whether he’s really a good guy, or just a guy who’s just doing good at that particular moment. There’s something about that particular internal struggle that really works for me, and it does differentiate from Peter Parker’s guilt and need to atone for past inaction, in terms of this new Spider-Man’s motivation.
(I’ve really enjoyed the two issues of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man so far; I think Bendis’ writing has been charming, and Sara Pichelli’s art has been really nice… Which is why the 20 pages for $3.99 price point kills me. Because this is a good book, but it’s one that I actually feel short-changed by with both issues so far, and all because of that price point. Maybe I should learn to just wait for the collection…)