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Subj: Re: Spider-Man Revisited 34: Todd & Erik
Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 at 11:01:10 am EDT (Viewed 3 times)
Reply Subj: Spider-Man Revisited 34: Todd & Erik
Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 at 09:57:36 am EDT (Viewed 136 times)
Quote:In summaryâ€¦ definitely for the fans of McFarlane and Larsen as Spider-Man artists. If you like the art, you can overlook the flaws in the plotting. If not, then itâ€™s not going to be a pleasant time. I appreciated both of them embracing the notion of Peter as a married guy, though. Hardly classics, but I've read worse.
I think the biggest problem that these issues had (especially Todd's issues) is too little editorial guidance. I don't know how the issues were produced, but I think that if they had either a co-scripter or at least treated Todd the plotter, Todd the artist, and Todd the scripter as separate entities, and provided constructive feedback each step of the way (mostly on the plot to issue ratio and the script), then things could have worked out a little better. (You know, the dark, gritty Spider-Man is a real tricky thing to get right. Maybe you want to get your feet wet with something a little more traditional before you try for the intense psychological thriller stories. Gee Todd, this issue seems a little short on substance, do we really need five issues to tell your story, or can we cut it back to two or three. Wow, you might want to tone down the "Rise above it all" theme.). I'm not a huge fan of these issues, but there have been much worse.
I thought the scripting and pacing of Erik's issues was much more on the money, but I didn't really go for some of the actual plots.
Another thing to note: if these had come out in Amazing, I'd probably be much harsher on them, but they came out in their own title which seemed to be going for a more "out there", experimental tone (at least for the first 30+ issues) so that lends a higher level of acceptance from me.
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