Cover to next Ultimate Spidey comic teases startling new direction

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Feb 13, 2013, 12:06 PM EST

Focused on young Miles Morales, the new Ultimate Spider-Man comics have been a breath of fresh air and a nice change of pace from decades of good old Peter Parker. But judging by an upcoming cover shot, it looks like Miles and Peter have a lot more in common than just the Spidey powers.

[Spoilers ahead]

Morales took over the mantle of Spider-Man after Peter Parker was killed in the Ultimate continuity during a battle with the Green Goblin, and has been kicking ass and taking names for a while now. But the first peek at the upcoming issue #23 reveals writer Brian Michael Bendis is taking a page (literally) out of classic Spider-Man lore.

Yep, if that iconic walk-away shot looks familiar, it's because it first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #50, as part of the "Spider-Man No More" storyline where Peter Parker calls it quits. Even director Sam Raimi borrowed from the storyline in his 2004 Spider-Man 2 film and did his own live-action re-creation of the shot.

Here’s the original comic panel, for comparison:

So what does it mean? Apparently, Morales will have his own crisis of faith with his dual identities, which will lead him to toss his suit into a waste bin and call it quits. For a while, at least.

Do you like the homage to the classic run, or do you wish they’d keep the Ultimate storylines a little fresher?

(Via Digital Spy)