Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Spider-Man Revisited 30: Howard Mackie Part Five
Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 at 11:24:04 am EDT (Viewed 3 times)
Reply Subj: Spider-Man Revisited 30: Howard Mackie Part Five
Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 at 07:23:16 pm EDT (Viewed 187 times)

    ASM #17, PP: SM #17 (Venom vs. Sinister Six)
    Randy Robertson returns, freshly divorced because “he was too young when he got married.” (Sigh)

I liked Randy's marraige, so that bummed me out. I may be against Peter being married, but I'm not against other characters in the books getting married.

    PP: SM #19 (The Box)
    Peter, long in denial about MJ’s “death,” is convinced by a mysterious box. Unless the box contained MJ’s severed head, I don’t understand how that was supposed to work.

Yeah, Peter's whole phase of denial to acceptance was really strange and nonsensical.

    ASM #22-24 (The Distinguished Gentleman from New York)
    It’s finally time to resolve the Senator Ward storyline. He messes around with Venom for a bit so we can see how cool he is, and then turns into a lumpy pink thing which will unleash a really nasty virus on New York in the name of the Z’nox (from the original X-Men run). And Ranger comes back one last time to take Ward out once and for all. Geez.

It's funny how much I've blocked out the details of these issues. It's like you're reopening old wounds...

    There’ve been a number of comparisons made between Brand New Day and the reboot, and I notice that the two things I found most annoying about BND (Peter’s “I’m Too Young” bits and the handling of MJ) were present here as well. At least the BND crowd softened the annoying stuff as they went along (although we’ll see what happens when MJ comes back); Mackie just kept amping it up.

I have no problems with the intentions to "fix" Spider-Man, especially getting rid of the marraige. I loved the Clone Saga as a concept and in exectution during the periods when the writers were allowed to do their own thing. I feel that the post-OMD era is the strongest the Spider-Man franchise has been on a month-to-month basis since Ditko left (in part because there was always at least one secondary title that was below par, in part because I think it's really good now).

My only problem with the reboot era lies in execution, which I found to be painfully lacking...

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