“I’m sure it will inspire a whole new generation of fans.”
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22 May 2017 - 2:15 PM  UPDATED 22 May 2017 - 2:15 PM

According to Mashable, Marvel has announced that Miles Morales, the alternate identity of Spider-Man is getting his own novel. The book is called Miles Morales: Spider-Man and follows the teen while he experiences the ups and downs of high school while defending New York city.

Morales is half black and half Puerto Rican, making him the first Spider-Man of minority status. In his timeline, Morales takes on the role of Spider-Man after the death of the hero’s original identity, Peter Parker.

The book will be written by award-winning YA author, Jason Reynolds (When I Was the Greatest, Ghost). Reynolds is proud of Morales’ heritage and says it heavily relates to his character.

“Miles being black and Puerto Rican changes everything, because it has to,” he told Mashable. “A brown face from Brooklyn who goes to a wealthy boarding school creates an extremely layered experience, and that’s without even getting into Miles’ actual personality.”

This is the first Spider-Man story to focus more on the person behind the mask rather than the web-slinging hero themselves.

“Not only does [the mask] protect identity but it also allows one to hide,” he explained to Mashable

Cover artist Kadir Nelson is a dedicated Spidey-fan, too. As a person of colour, he sees himself in Morales and hopes that it sets an example for diversity in the comics medium.

“I was excited to see that a young brown kid who looks a lot like my young self, and my nine-year old son, has become the newest iteration of the character. I’m very happy to see more diversity in the world of superheroes, and I’m sure it will inspire a whole new generation of fans," he told Mashable.

Morales’ Spider-Man was first revealed in the fourth issue of the Ultimate Fallout comic series in 2011, quickly growing in popularity. His serialised story, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, debuted in 2014.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man is out on August 1. The film Spider-Man: Homecoming airs in cinemas from July 6.

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