A quote from Joe Q.
"In the end, knowing what that story was going to be is what allowed us to go ahead with the unmasking of Spider-Man in "Civil War" -- we had our "way out" ahead of time, it was a great place to be. "
This one quote speaks volumes about the way Marvel has handled things. A major revelation and a stunning surprise that was advertised as changing the status quo of a major character was a total lie. They knew from day one that they were going to fix it.
Disingenuous has been taken to a new level. We are fans and we enjoy some of the surprises and want to be shocked by what happens to the characters we love, but when you make it blatantly obvious that you are f**king with us just because you can, it leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.
It no longer seems that the fans or the characters are really respected by Marvel and at times I think DC has done a poor job also with the numerous re-launches and letting a "named" writer change a character in anyway to satisfy that writer.
The Spider-Man debacle is an all time low. The fans were disrespected and manipulated, the characters are not even a shadow of the characters that I had grown to love.
You can see from my list of "What I Get" where I have been voting my dollars and with Marvel it has been to trades and collections of past work. More and more of the new stuff I try and bail out on. If Ed Brubaker left Marvel almost all of the books I really enjoy from Marvel would lose their writer.
From Loeb's horrible Ultimates Volume 3 #1, to his new "Red" Hulk pulling Greg Pak away from what I think was his story with Hulk, to Bendis' horrible showing with New and Mighty Avengers, to this farce with Spider-Man, it is hard for me to believe this was the company that made me such a comics fan.