This article contains SPOILERS for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #41
Unfortunately for Miles Morales, it appears that Peter Parker‘s dreaded “Parker luck” may actually be the “Spider-Man luck” instead. While one of the most common themes of Peter’s life is that his happiness will always be interrupted by his bad luck, his fellow Spider-Man has recently displayed a similar streak of misfortune.
A mission to rescue his uncle Aaron Davis, aka the Prowler, sends Miles Morales and his clone Shift through the multiverse in recent issues of Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Spider-Man and Shift eventually find Aaron in an alternate reality where Brooklyn has been taken over by Selim, an evil clone of Miles whom he defeated in the main universe of Earth-616. Here, Selim acts as an emperor of the captured city, completing his goal of killing Miles and perverting the Spider-Man symbol to prove himself the superior Morales duplicate. Spider-Man and Shift eventually discover and join up with a resistance, led by older versions of Miles’ best friend Ganke Lee and sister Billie. The duo seek to help General Ganke and Billie, who goes by Spider-Smasher, free the city of Brooklyn from Selim’s evil clutches.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #41 by Saladin Ahmed and Christopher Allen sees Selim’s reign come to a climactic conclusion as the villain is defeated and Miles, Shift and Aaron return home. The ending, however, is also rife with tragedy for the dimension-hopping Spider-Man. In a final act of heroism from Miles’ best friend, General Ganke flies an explosive-laden Selim away from Brooklyn and his fellow resistance members. As Ganke – along with Selim – dies in the blast intended for his nearby friends, Miles Morales comes face-to-face with yet another loved one’s death.
Miles Morales & Peter Parker Are Destined to Lose the Ones They Love
Neither Miles Morales nor Peter Parker are strangers to the death of a close friend or relative. While Parker has lost his parents, his uncle and his girlfriend among others, the newer Spider-Man has witnessed more than his fair share of apparent untimely demises his across various incarnations. Miles’ mother, Rio Morales, was notably shot to death by police during a firefight with Venom in the Ultimate Universe before getting resurrected by the Molecule Man at the end of 2015’s Secret Wars. Spider-Man has also witnessed the death of his father, as Jefferson Davis dies in an explosion caused by Mister Negative in the world of Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4. Even the death of Peter Parker himself served as a sort of Uncle Ben moment for Miles. Perhaps worst of all, Spider-Man has witnessed the supposed death of his Uncle Aaron a number of times, believing him dead on at least three separate occasions in the comics and tragically holding him as he died in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Though the Ganke of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #41 isn’t the same one Miles calls his best friend, witnessing the death of a doppelgänger with similar characteristics proves equally heartbreaking for the superhero. It will be interesting to see if Spider-Man has time to rectify these feelings of loss with his now-living best friend as he begins a new era now that Saladin Ahmed’s long run on the character has come to an end. The two may only share the Spider-Man name, but it’s clear that the Peter Parker‘s infamous bad luck extends to Miles Morales by virtue of the super suit itself.
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Miles Morales: Spider-Man #41 is available from Marvel Comics now.