Dave Galanter
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Sekhem

In Reply To
Blargh

Subj: Re: Who Will Be Getting "One More Day" and Who Won't?
Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 10:33:24 am EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Who Will Be Getting "One More Day" and Who Won't?
Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 09:57:30 am EDT

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> House of M -- Memories and angst from them never appear again

While I was dissapointed that no one followed up on this, it's worth pointing out that the writer of House of M: Spider-Man hasn't worked on any of the books. PAD and JMS seem to pretty much have their runs planned out, so I don't see why another writer should feel obligated to put something in they didn't write, possibly putting off another story that they did want to tell.

> The Other -- Any writer but PAD remember this even happened?
> Civil War -- Alright, I'll grant that the Civil War/Iron Man/Iron Spider had impact
> Unmasked -- Tons of story potential but once again only PAD seemed to use it for any substance. Could most of the stories in the other titles have been told without it? Pretty much. But, credit to writers for at least remembering this happened.
> Back in Black -- Climaxed in Part 4. Part 5 went nowhere. Aside from the costume, ignored in other Spider-Man appearances. (see New Avengers)
>
> Of course, if OMD/BND is a retcon or "reset" then pretty much all of JMS's run (or further back depending on how far they take it) has been pointless.
>
> I'll give OMD a chance, but if 20 years of character development are suddenly made pointless, seems to me like OMD will be a good jumping off point.
>
> > I don't think I'm going to get it.
> > I know I'll be picking up "Brand New Day" (some of my favorite writers are working on that revamp), but I'm still not sold on "One More Day". I guess it's because Spidey's been put through the wringer so many times lately, and we've been told to buy all these mini-events and they've been absolutely bad.
> >
> > The Other was shockingly bad (except for Peter David's parts).
> > Back in Black (in Amazing) was pointless and anticlimactic, and made my childhood hero a complete nutcase.
> >
> > Will OMD be any better? Especially because it's by the same guy who did the aforementioned "events"?
> >
> > So...what about the rest of youse?
> >
> > Captain Nas-Vell!


> > House of M -- Memories and angst from them never appear again
>
> While I was dissapointed that no one followed up on this, it's worth > pointing out that the writer of House of M: Spider-Man hasn't worked > on any of the books. PAD and JMS seem to pretty much have their runs
> planned out, so I don't see why another writer should feel obligated > to put something in they didn't write, possibly putting off another
> story that they did want to tell.


Of course, this is a matter of personal preference, but in my formative comic reading years, I remember events like Secret Wars, Secret Wars II, Inferno, and the Mutant Massacre/Fall of the Mutants that had impact across a variety of titles, even though those titles had different writers and didn't think up the mega-arc themselves (or even if the central characters of the title weren't involved.) Heck, even non-mega events had lasting repurcussions. I seem to remember an issue of ASM, shortly after MJ re-enters Peter's life, where they bond in part by Peter talking about the effects Sin-Eater (which was in PPtSM) and the Hobgoblin had on him and the PPtSM Black Cat arcs (w/ Doc Ock) that led to a number of plots and issues in ASM and Web. The reason some of the "classic" arcs of all time are considered classic is because they had lasting repurcussions that wove themselves into the mythos from that point forward.

That sustained interconnectivity helped maintain an illusion of reality and a consistent universe. The modern focus on each writer having his own vision, every title (or every arc) being cut off from every other arc might make the titles more accessible, but it also makes them more disposable, IMHO.

But really, if something is supposed to be a "once in a lifetime character changing event" or "the most important Spider-man story ever!"(as we have been promised about three times in the last four years), I'd have liked it to maybe matter for at least a few months after its conclusion. I'm wacky like that \:\)

I'm willing to try new directions and different angles/approaches, but I want the narrative to matter.


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