Tuesday, January 01, 2008

One More Post on One More Day

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.

Nuff said!


  1. Uncle Ben would be disappointed that Peter made a deal with the Devil.

    Doesn't really come across as much of a hero, does he?

    If they had to hit the cosmic reset button they could have done it in a way that did not kill my love for the character.

    Joe Q's comments as of late are bringing me to the point that I think his time has come and gone as an effective EIC over at Marvel.

    It's time for some new blood.

  2. "With great power comes great deal-making!" is I guess the Joe Q replacement for what Stan wrote in Amazing Fantasy # 15. Certainly Peter didn't demonstrate anything even resembling responsibility in "One More Day," instead acting like a little child who can't handle the impending death of an old relative. As someone on one of the forums pointed out, how tragically appropriate is it that a grown man in a comic book chooses exactly like a little child?

  3. wow, you know, I have to say - Aunt May's old, she's had an eventful life - gee Peter, maybe it's time to grow up and let her join her husband. This story arc was a terrible idea made worse by that comment from Joe Q.

  4. I've also noticed some of the defenders of the arc (including Joe Q) indicating that it would've been too hard for Peter to have lived with being the cause of May's 'premature' death (like anyone who's in their 80s could ever be said to have died 'too early'), the reasoning being that she only took the bullet because Peter had revealed his ID to the world.

    What really bugs me about that argument is that, using that logic, I'm sure Peter's 'caused' lots of deaths in the past, including when he opposed the original Green Goblin's crime spree and that lead to GG eventually killing Gwen (err, the other Gwen) back in Amazing Spider-Man # 121. It's ridiculous to think, in either of those two cases, that Peter was actually responsible for the deaths. Norman Osborn, and the guy who pulled the trigger on May, were the ones responsible. They made the choices to kill, and Peter's no more responsible for their deaths than Gwen and May themselves would be, for being where they were when they were killed. A rational adult would understand that, and it's too bad Marvel doesn't want Peter Parker to grow up to the point where he'd be expected to act like an adult.