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Subj: Re: Amazing Spider-Man#56: The Good Father?
Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 at 10:18:49 am EST (Viewed 153 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Amazing Spider-Man#56: The Good Father?
Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 at 05:44:27 am EST (Viewed 157 times)

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I am concerned that Norman will have a sudden moment where he becomes his old self again. Its a scary thought that his sins are out there and if they bump into him.... brutal.
It would be more interesting if he did become his old self again, but not fully. Still evil but not so flat out reprehensible. Norman has become almost unusable as a character for development because there is NO good in him. Even villains need a good side.
Hell even Joker has had this treatment in White Knight, so its not unprecedented. I love the White Knight series by the way, all the characterisation in it is brill!

I *really* liked Norman in Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers because it felt as if he was moving somewhere. Siege brought it all down but that felt like an ending.

Then he became the Goblin King - one of the worst, lazy and uninspired reveals for a mystery I've ever read. It just felt played out.

Since then I've felt quite exhausted with his ongoing presence. Like a lot of Marvel characters, he feels overdone and mined dry. Returning to fight Peter feels like just that... a return. A regression. Not a progression. Peter doesn't need Norman as his big bad anymore. He's got plenty of other rogues.

It's a shame that comics hit a creative stagnation in the late 90's when all the characters got stuck in a status quo and weren't allowed to develop. Even those that do, were often developed in a way that just seemed... weird and unattached to their previous developments. Like Spidey joining the Avengers was done in such a way that it ignored all of his previous reasons for not doing so. I'm not saying he shouldn't have joined them, just that the way it came together cr*pped on years of previous characterisation because the current at the time team of editors or writers wanted to jump somewhere for a cheap pop without allowing the stories to develop naturally. I will say this for Spencer but his stories DO feel as if he's working to a place. He seems to know where he's going. But 20 years of Marvel writers and editors seem to have been lost in event mania and it's ruined logical character progression by ignoring the fact these are SERIAL characters, not self contained Elseworlds.

Also, death lost meaning to the degree now the X-Men can all die every week and it's part of the story. So where's the risk? I know Peter will never die. And if he does he'll come back with a bullc*rap explanation...

So I'd say Norman should die to give some developmental closure but I don't even have faith in that answer being worth it.

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