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Subj: Re: I Think That JMS Might Have Damaged Spider-Man And Caused One More Day. Explanations
Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 at 02:06:05 pm EDT (Viewed 190 times)
Reply Subj: I Think That JMS Might Have Damaged Spider-Man And Caused One More Day. Explanations
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It was NOT due to his storytelling and his writing, which for at least the first year or so was very strong. I mean, yeah, he went too far with that Spider-totem stuff, and he was the one who had Spider-Man actually EAT Morlun, but that's not what I really had in mind.
I think that he matured him too much. He made him a teacher, he developed the marriage and relationship with Mary Jane (And at the time, I think that Joe Q and Marvel were trying to break the two of them up and try to get around the marriage.), he changed the relationship between Peter and Aunt May, and he was an Avenger during his run. He pretty much made Peter an adult, so he changed him in a good way. He even wanted Peter to have kids (Sins Past. And after Marvel said no, that story should NOT have been written!). But then they had to go back to the status quo and reset everything back. Joe Q wanted Peter and his characters fresh for a whole new generation, and I think at the point we realized that Peter was never going to get out of the status quo. So, in a way, I think that JMS ended the series. I think that they should have ended it there, and just rebooted the series, like DC did with Superman back in the late 80's. So, this is not really due to JMS as a writer, in some ways he was perfect for the character. But maybe he shouldn't have been able to make such changes in the first place. Grant Morrison seemed to have the same problem with his X-Men run. I pretty much consider OMD the last Spider-Man story.

I always thought JMS wrote the best Peter Parker, the best Mary Jane, and the best Aunt May. He added interesting concepts to the spider-mythology, like the tailor that Spidey would visit for suit repair (what ever happened to that guy?). And the setting was amazing - Peter never felt more like a New Yorker.

On the down side, the decision to sideline Spidey's traditional rogues gallery was a poor one. Making him into a teacher was problematic. Spider-man is not a character who can have a 9-5 job - it paints writers into a corner (Spidey can't disappear to Battleworld for a couple weeks, for example). And yeah... Sins Past.

Like others have said below, I think Queseda had a long-term plan to quash the marriage. JMS being the current writer had little to do with it. I do agree with OMD being the last Spider-story. Everything that followed felt like we were reading about a perpetual man-boy who could never grow.

And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power there must also come -- great responsibility!
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