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Subj: Re: Spider-Man returns. May the marriage RIP. [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 01:48:52 pm EST
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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 12:28:24 pm EST

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I couldn't believe how much positive, creative energy was in this issue. Knocking out the stability of marriage creates a sort of manic electricity to the Parker character.

I read a review that said, in effect, "isn't it sort of pathetic for a 34-year-old to be behaving this way."

Ha. Listen and Believe.

Peter Parker ain't 34. I don't care what "continuity" you want to cite or how many back issues you have. He is in his early 20s. Whatever you have to tell yourself to accept this, get it over with.

IMO, This issue of Spider-Man was the best issue of this comic in years. Not because of the unfolding plot, but because the character felt fresh and exciting instead of stodgy and stable. Sorry, but that improvement was a direct result of the lack of marriage.

It was fresh, because I didn't know where he'd be or what he'd be doing at the end of the issue. It was fresh because I knew that, mostly, he would have to rely upon himself to find answers to the craziness.
It was fresh because I don't know which female character he may begin a relationship with and what that might be like. It was fresh because he has essentially been deaged and returned to a time when it is okay for him to be trying to establish who he is, rather than for him to be an established, responsible family man.

Here's a portion of a review from


"I suppose it's more in keeping with the tone of the classic Spider-Man stories for Peter to have all these troubles, but it's horribly frustrating to me. It reminds me a bit of all those sit-coms and teenaged melodramas where two characters hate each other for the sake of plot contrivance. If Peter is destined to always lose no matter how hard he fights, I don't want to read it. I can go pound my head into the wall, instead.

But here's the thing: It's too soon to lodge that complaint."

Something, I think, has been lost in the constant flow of Internet commentary: the ability to read the comic as a reader and NOT a reactionary reviewer who wants to treat each issue as though it were a novel or as if they are a creator.

Most comics are better judged by arcs or in sets...as many criticisms shouldn't be leveled on the basis of one issue. The reviewer falls prey to this and then basically admits it.

This comic succeeds on the simple principal of engaging me as a reader who wants to laugh, shake my head, root for my hero, and above all not know what is coming in the next act.

Just thoughts.


I looked thru the frist issue of BND. I didn't see anything in it to justify the story from OMD or to get overly excited about.

Several people have stated that Slott writes afunny Peter Parker. I won't disagree. However Peter could've been just as funny married.

The peripheral titles are gone and the new shipping schedule so improve the overall read of the series. I've been saying that Spider-Man shouldn't appear in more than two monthly titles for years and that there should be better continuity between the two books. I don't see why it took Marvel two decades to figure this out b/c it works better for the character, whether he's married or not.

Some have cited that it was good to see Pete have more interaction with the supporting cast. I'll agree. I enjoyed seeing Betty, Robbie, and Jonah. The new supporting characters could have potential. My question would be why these characters all but disappeared from AMZ years ago? Why didn't Joe Q tell JMS to use the characters more.? Just because Peter married it shouldn't have meant he could no longer have meaningful interaction with the classic cast members or new additions.

We saw a new villian appear in this issue. I'm all for that. But let's be honest Mr. Negative would've worked if he had appeared before OMD.

The only thing that changed when Peter married was that he could no longer date more than one woman. That should have had no major affect on Peter's personal life outside of the marriage or his superheroics. The biggest problem with the marriage is the fact after Peter lost the ability to interact romantically with other woman, the woman he had settled with became rather dull. No one seemed to know how to use her in a meaningful way within the series. They couldn't even decide what career path for her to take. I don't think I would've ever considered making MJ a superheroine. But, at least it'll probably give her more character development than she's had in years and put any futute relationship with Peter on more equal footing.

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