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jwd

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Jeffers

Subj: Re: Would resurrecting Harry Osborn be a good idea?
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 08:24:47 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Would resurrecting Harry Osborn be a good idea?
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 02:28:37 pm EDT

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If there's a worse idea than breaking up the marriage, it would be bringing back Harry.

I was relieved when they brought back Norman to end the Clone Saga because I was afraid it was going to be Harry (which was the original plan, I think).

Harry's death was meaningful. Let it stand.

And instead of saying Pete has no more friends, Quesada and JMS should recognize that Flash Thompson had become Peter's friend. Instead, in the mania for resetting the clock to 1962, Flash inexplicably became a bully again.





> So from what we can tell, Marvel's currently in the process of bringing Spider-Man and his world "back to basics" with "One More Day" and the upcoming "Brand New Day" storyline. While we aren't quite positive yet, it's highly likely that there will be a cosmic reset of some sort, giving Spidey his secret identity back and possibly getting rid of the marriage. Aunt May will, likely, also be left alive when all is said and done.
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> I recall a recent interview where Joe Quesada and JMS were complaining about certain aspects of Spider-Man and what has been done to him over the years, one of those things being that most of his supporting cast has either been written out or killed off. One of the specific complaints was that "Peter has no friends left" and there was some minor bitching about Harry Osborn not being around anymore, thus Peter has no best friend.
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> Now, I know that Norman Osborn was brought back (much to the dismay of many long-time fans, although I don't mind it), and while there have been some hints in a few storylines over the last decade that Harry Osborn is also still alive, it has always been a red herring and no legitimate attempt at bringing back Harry has ever been undergone by Spider-Man's writers since Norman's return (and yes I know that Harry was going to be the mastermind behind the clone saga and Bob Harras decided it should be Norman; that's beside the point). And face it, Norman Osborn will never be killed off again, ever, despite how much this may anger some people. It's just something we all have to live with.
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> I personally feel that, despite Norman being around, bringing Harry Osborn back would probably be a good move in the long-term, and imagine what a kickass story the return would be. Yeah, I know it would suck to ruin Spectacular Spider-Man #200, a brilliant story by J.M. DeMatteis chronicling the death of Harry Osborn, but let's face it; the best DeMatteis story ever, Amazing Spider-Man #400, was ruined years ago and Aunt May is likely never going to be killed off again. On the other hand, I have a feeling that "Kraven's Last Hunt" will never be undone, especially since Kraven's son is running around, so at least DeMatteis can still have that one.
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> The primary reason I think that bringing Harry back would be a good idea, is because it would fundamentally change Norman and Peter's relationship. Think about it; since Harry's death and Norman's return, each has blamed the other for Harry's death. Now, if Harry were alive and in hiding, unbeknownst to each of them, only to finally reveal himself as a new threat, imagine the reactions from Norman and Peter. Plus, Harry could finally be given the spotlight as an evil, conniving bastard that can finally step out of his father's shadow and become a genuine threat to not only Peter Parker, but also to Norman Osborn. Really, the inevitable Green Goblin vs. Green Goblin fight would be amazing, especially with Spidey caught in the middle not knowing who to help (or even if he should help either of them at all).
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> And hey, if they choose not to have Harry be evil, at least Peter finally gets his best friend back and he can remain a long-term supporting cast member once again.
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> So, any opinions?















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> If there's a worse idea than breaking up the marriage, it would be bringing back Harry.
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> I was relieved when they brought back Norman to end the Clone Saga because I was afraid it was going to be Harry (which was the original plan, I think).
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> Harry's death was meaningful. Let it stand.

As opposed to "Aunt May's" death where she gave her blessing to Peter and told him his Uncle Ben would've been proud and Marvel ripped that away from him?

Personally I'd prefer it be Harry over Peter. With Norman for the longest time its the guy that killed Gwen and he's not going to get any sympathy from Peter. Its pretty much hate. Now with Harry though he's got the conflict since its his best friend. To me that adds more depth to the interaction. Also it wouldn't of been nearly as creepy if it had been Harry and Gwen back in Sins Past. They did know each other before Peter knew them.

I'm not however on the "Bring Harry back!" bandwagon either.

jwd





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