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Menshevik

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Victor

Subj: It's a Bland New Day! [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 02:16:50 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: Spider-Man returns. May the marriage RIP. [SPOILERS]
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
Comicbookresources.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/?column=6


"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.

Victor


> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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My immediate reaction to #546: Insipid. Going through Spider-Man stereotypes by rote. Old plots recycled (oh wow, JJJ is in danger of losing the Bugle. we're back in the early 1980s, only back then Peter actually started working for a different paper while this time round he seems to prefer twiddling his thumbs). Apparently they are also trying to gain new readers on the rationale: "Hey kids, you're really gonna be excited by what your parents got excited about twenty years ago!" Hence, I suppose the Disco Djackpot costume (holy gratuitous butt shot!)
Art good, but not really remarkable, all things considered (I prefer Bagley or JR Jr. myself). But as they say, it is early days yet. Maybe Dan Slott will surprise us.

But I don't have high hopes. Oh wow, a cliff-hanger with JJJ having a heart attack. That's...
...had all its emotional potential sucked from it because this issue appears directly on the heels of Satanic Spider-Man #545 which showed that mortal danger and even death itself are meaningless. Even if JJJ does die (yeah, right!), he'll just be brought back the next time Peter strikes a deal with Mephisto. Or maybe this time it'll be Marla and John Jameson who strike the deal? Oooooh the excitement! After all, if the last quarter of a century at DC has shown us, magical reset buttons are like potato chips, you can't stop at one...!

It is a bit early for a final judgement, and Victor himself insists, criticisms should not be leveled on the basis of one issue. But that also goes for positive criticisms as well as negative ones. I won't yet say that the emperor has nothing on, but I can't help noticing that the way some members of the pro-Quesada faction have been hailing "Brand New Day" as if it was the second coming of "Watchmen" just on the strength of this issue (some actually even before the first issue came out) does remind me of the courtiers and others in that fairy tale who were so eager to praise the beauty and the fit of the Emperor's New Clothes. Well, they have to, a cynic would say, because if BND isn't all that great, then there would be no justification left for OMD...










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