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What If Aunt May Had Died Instead Of Uncle Ben?

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2005
By: Michael Deeley



Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Andrea Di Vito

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Peter Parker comes home to find Aunt May was killed by a burglar he could have stopped days earlier. In his rage, he reveals heís Spider-Man to his Uncle Ben and hunts down the killer. Ben follows Peter and watches him fight the burglar. The burglar falls backward through a window to his death. Ben tells Peter to hide, and he takes the blame. With Ben Parker in jail, Peter moves among foster homes before winding up in juvie hall. Peter grows angry at this unfair world thatís taken everything away form him. He escapes and lives on the streets. Ultimately, Ben teaches him to accept his responsibilities, changing Parkerís attitude towards life.

I hope I donít spoil it, but Peter Parker still becomes Spider-Man. But because his early life was changed, his attitude changes too. Without Aunt May to worry about, and without Benís guiding hand, Peter is more independent. He acts on his own without worry about consequences. So naturally he makes a lot of mistakes. Ultimately, he grows up and becomes a healthier person.

I only wish the ďrealĒ Spider-Man could be like this one. The guyís always complaining about how the worldís against him and heís got this terrible burden to bear. Sad how heís married, been all across the universe, but still whines like a teen-ager. So thatís why I give this comic . Itís the Spider-Man I want to see.



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