Miles Morales’ newest journey into the multiverse has introduced him face-to-face as soon as extra along with his worst enemy, in addition to a future the place the maniacal Selim reigns supreme. Thankfully, this bleak, alternate historical past is not devoid of its personal heroes, even ones Miles himself is aware of all too effectively. Of course, this has include its personal distinctive set of issues, not the least of which is the truth that Miles’ sister Billie has grown up into an unrelenting, anti-spider antihero. As drastic because the state of affairs might sound, Billie has good purpose to have launched into the profession she has, and with Miles’ assist, she’ll be main her world right into a daring new period as a complete new type of Spider-Smasher.
When the titular hero of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #41 (by Saladin Ahmed, Christopher Allen, David Curiel, and VC’s Cory Petit) first set out into the multiverse to search out and rescue his long-lost uncle, he by no means imagined it might land him in a world of Selim’s twisted design. Between Miles, the liberty fighters already engaged on the bottom, and a few well timed intervention on the a part of the Prowler, nevertheless, all the pieces Selim had constructed can be dismantled. Most importantly, the way in which Selim had tainted Spider-Man’s legacy on this world was undone, although not by any superpowered means. Instead, it’s Billie who makes certain that the Spider image lives on in her world as an indication of hope reasonably than concern, and she or he does so by taking it for herself.
While on the floor this will likely appear to be a greater than regular response to saving the day, it’s a far more necessary shift in the established order within the alternate world. It was the fateful night time that initially noticed Selim lose his life after threatening to snuff out the childish Billie which altered the course of historical past right here, and it was then that the Spider started to tackle a complete new that means. By by no means understanding the reality of the place she got here from, Billie solely ever understood that image as one in all violent, fascist oppression, and in flip, all she has ever needed was to see it wiped from historical past.
This was one thing so ingrained into her beliefs that, upon seeing Miles and Shift for the primary time, Billie was solely moments away from smashing them as she needed to so many already. Even after seeing them battle again towards Selim alongside her and Ganke, Billie may by no means fairly shake her disdain for the icons emblazoned on their chests. Luckily, Ganke talking up for Miles was sufficient to get Billie to begrudgingly welcome them into the fold, but not even that was sufficient for her to let go of the distrust that had festered inside her for many years. Now that Selim isn’t any extra, and she or he has been informed the reality about the place she got here from, she is able to assist restore her brother’s legacy reasonably than destroy it.
Billie may not essentially be the type of hero Miles had anticipated her to change into, however she is totally one which he can solely be happy with. It would have been really easy for Billie to change into a monster like Selim, or to rebuke the concept that she may ever have been tied to the icon he used to terrorize these round her. Instead, she has opened herself as much as the concept that somebody as evil as Selim may have turned a former beacon of hope into one thing terrible, and that she is able to setting it proper once more.
More so than giving her world a brand new superhero, Billie Morales has given it somebody to look in direction of when issues are bleak. She has already confirmed herself to be an astute strategist and chief, not simply on the battlefield, however within the hearts and minds of these she conjures up. Assuming there is not one other maniacal mastermind ready within the shadows to show her world the other way up as soon as extra, Billie is on observe to be exactly the type of hero her individuals have to see them by way of to a brilliant and shining new period.