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Subj: Re: What Have Been the 10 WORST Decisions/Stories In Spider-Man History/The Spider-Man Books? My List..
Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 05:29:11 pm EDT (Viewed 199 times)
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Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 01:42:47 pm EDT (Viewed 220 times)
10. Getting rid of Jason Macendale after he was beefed up and nearly killed Ben Reilly.
9. The Spider-Marriage: Peter and MJ were a bad match, and there was nowhere for their relationship to go. MJ becoming a psychologist and going back to school was great, but then that was killed by the Byrne relaunch. There would have been a greater level of equality in their marriage, a better dynamic if MJ had been able to bring something useful to the superhero side of things. Oh well. Getting rid of the marriage in the face of established storytelling was lame compared to making it work. I can think of several things they could have tried. 1. Make MJ clinically and psychologically incapable of coping with Peter being Spider-man, and the risks. 2. Make MJ a useful psychological partner, so that she could make Spidey's war on crime more organised and effective. 3. Have a child with Peter... see Mr and Mrs Spider-Man. 4. Have her stay with Peter while Ben stayed Spidey for GOOD. 5. Have her turn out to be the clone ala the cartoon and bring back the real MJ in the wake of the 'death' of Reilly and MJ. 6. Have her fall in love with Ben Reilly and actually start to emotionally if not actually cheat on Peter. 7. Give the poor woman some powers, or a role beyond being Peter's trophy. 8. Have her become Spider-Man's greatest foe after being dumped in Goblin Goo, a better 'Menace' anyone? Gee... that's only a few ideas, some not so great but come on Marvel!
8. Having May come back from the dead. I don't need to explain why this is terrible.
7. Killing baby May. A sodding disgrace in every way.
6. Wasting Kaine as a character and now making him into a crappy 'tarantula' monster character.
5. Not keeping Ben Reilly as Spider-Carnage in order to close out Ben's time as Spidey.
4. Dumping Jessica Carradine as Ben's girlfriend and bringing in Elizabeth Tyne instead... yuck, MJ redux.
3. Killing Ben Reilly: It was an epic issue but it left a bad taste that has never gone away.
2. Not killing Venom off and not drawing Carnage as a more three-dimensional villain. I think Carnage was a wasted idea and Venom lost his edge when he stopped being Eddie Brock.
1. Not sticking with Ben Reilly as Spidey.
Most of Spider-Man's inertia as a comic seems to span from this time. When suddenly the status quo became something that was always going to be stuck to forever more for fear of alienating fans, even to the extent of deals with the devil. The whole notion of identity, and the reclaiming of destiny and responsibility, the dislocation of Reilly as a character who was the original Parker but was disenfranchised, well it was great. The best Scorpion story I've ever read as well, was at this time. The whole Jessica Carradine, and Blood Brother's storylines were the most exciting storylines in a long time. I just don't get why they backed out. They should have had the balls to stick with it, but no, instead we went backwards in the comic, and we still are.
All my points are felt strongly but 1. is felt very deeply. My favourite comicbook ended with PP75, and now I prefer PunisherMax. Sad but true.