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Subj: Re: Amazing Spider-Man "Big Time" trailer
Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 07:27:57 pm EDT (Viewed 120 times)
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Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 09:12:59 am EDT (Viewed 14 times)

    Slott writes a pretty funny Spidey imo and tells his stories thoroughly from the beginning to the end. And during this he even manages to clear up other's continuity messes or the glaring plotholes of BND (unmasking/how did Harry return?).

Slott writes a pretty funny Spider-Man, true. The problem is, that's all he can do. He can't write a character with any substance or depth, and as a consequence, his BND stories--which, yes, have often been charged with clearing up continuity issues, but rarely well--have typically ranged from passable to poor. That's the part that reminds me most of Mackie.

Guggenheim, I didn't much care for at first, but he ultimately turned out some very solid writing. Wells, Waid, Kelly, and Stern all wrote occasionally good stuff. The only writers that, in my view, have done worse than Slott are Van Lente (talented writer, but extremely disrespectful to past material and no real understanding of the characters) and Gale.

But the biggest issue for me is that I don't see how any of these writers taking over the book solo qualifies as a new direction--least of all Slott. Slott was the first writer of the Brand New Day era. I think he's generally been perceived as the lead writer of the Brain Trust. It's hard not to hold him responsible for the disappointment of this period. To put him in charge of the new direction is to guarantee more of the same.


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