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Subj: Re: FNSM #20 thoughts [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 at 11:36:06 am EDT
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Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 at 10:44:19 am EDT

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Before Spider-man 3 mania begins(or has it already?) I thought I'd put down my thoughts on the latest issue of FNSM. It was highly enjoyable, and it jumps right into the Ms. Arrow subplot that has been brewing over the last few months.

As much as I didn't care for "The Other", I must admit that Peter David has made the "other" entity interesting and intriguing. It appears that this entity needs to periodically mate and acquire a new host periodically. I wonder if this means that the "other" entity could eventually occupy a male host? Anyway, she has her eyes set on Flash and aggresively pursues him to fulfill her "need". This leads to some solid action sequences and some funny moments. I was reminded of the movie "the Kindred" from some years back.

I'm interested in finding out who Ms. Arrow's "masters" are and how they relate to Mysterio's masters from a couple arcs back.

I'm getting used to Nauck's artwork on the title. At first I thought it was a bit cartoony, but it's growing on me. The "other" appears to be quite a formidable foe and it she/it should be a challenge for Peter.

Finally, there are a couple very well done scenes between Peter and Betty. I'm sure many readers have suspected that Betty quite never got over Peter, but it's refreshing to hear the character come out and say it. Ths supporting cast is alive and well in FNSM.

Looking forward to the battle between Pete and Ms. Arrow.

> Finally, there are a couple very well done scenes between Peter and Betty. I'm sure many readers have suspected that Betty quite never got over Peter, but it's refreshing to hear the character come out and say it. Ths supporting cast is alive and well in FNSM.
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I saw those scenes in the previews, and I thought that not only did Betty look really great, but that the character and her relationship with Peter was handled beautifully.

Marvel being what it is lately, there's always some fear that if they reset Peter/MJ that they are just setting up Betty as a replacement, but that would suck, not because Betty is unworthy, but because the history between Peter and MJ, even with gentle retconning done to compress the actual 40 year span, is what's important. Plucking the marriage out of history with a magic nod, if that's what they have planned (yes, there are good arguments they won't do it now, but then again others that they still might), would ruin Betty's long-term arc too. So while Flash could use some of his annoyingly complex history unfurled, the same isn't true of Betty.

The unmasking, for all its downpoints, has done one good thing--its allowed the supporting cast to show their true values and feelings in a way that's often very touching. Betty's years of conflict were always based on her confusion and doubt--once that's cleared up her true loyalty shines through. That's the silver lining of the unmasking story, even while we also have to contend with endless "Villain X tries to kill MJ and/or Peter" plots.


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