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Starwolf

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Spiffy

Subj: Re: FNSM #20 thoughts [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 at 12:38:23 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: FNSM #20 thoughts [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 at 11:36:06 am EDT

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> 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.


> 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.

Her line during FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD #15 cements Betty's true feelings: "My life finally makes sense." Learning Peter is Spider-Man did cause her to be a little angry at first, but she understood the more she thought about it. She's not as crazy as she once thought she was.

FNSM #14-16 had Peter David do an interesting thing: juxtapose two women, Betty and Deb Whitman, both pseudo-romantic interests with Peter Parker, both with mental illness problems, reacting to the unmasking.


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