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Subj: Spider-Man and Spider-Girl (MINOR SPIDER-SPOILERS) Also for Blue Beetle...
Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 06:51:32 pm CDT
Reply Subj: Patience and stealth - How I read Marvel
Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 05:00:03 am CDT (Viewed 97 times)

> How do I read Marvel? By patience and stealth. I monitor developments via these message boards and when a book seems to be reaching a point that seems tolerable to me, I start buying.
> I waited for JMS to leave Amazing Spider-Man and then started ordering. I have no intention of buying back issues or TPB's. In fact I have no intention of buying the book at all any more, since BND Spidey is a dork and dorks are unappealing to me. Pre-BND JMS/JoeQ/Jenkins Spidey was also a dork, as evidenced by his decision to reveal his identity on TV, and that was one reason (among others) I stayed away then also. In my opinion the real Peter Parker is a lot like me - and I'm not a dork.
> By patience and stealth I read Marvel. How about you?

Most of the Marvel Universe has been sullied for me because of Civil War, and it's soured me on buying most of the books outside the Spider-titles. Although Sleepwalker has been appearing in Ms. Marvel, I can't bring myself to buy it because of the inherent revulsion I feel at seeing hair-pulling matches like the ones between Tigra and Carol, or anything else too fanservice-like.

That said, I do continue to buy the Spider-titles, for several reasons.

First, and most importantly, JMS's run has been retconned out of existence.

Second, Civil War has minimal, if any, effect on Spidey. This is how the Marvel Universe should be-each title is mostly kept in its own continuity bubble, only crossing over when the storyline suits it, and with occasional references to the larger universe.

Third, Spidey's actually gotten a lot better when it comes to being both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Peter has gotten his act together on finding his own place, regaining his integrity after briefly letting it fall into the gutter, and defeated Freak and Paperdoll in clever and creative ways, turning their own powers against them in true spider-fashion.

I don't think Spidey is nearly the dork he used to be early on in BND, if he actually was one. You might like to read through them in the shop, if nothing else, to see if they're to your liking.

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