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Subj: Re: Amazing Spider-Man#56: The Good Father?
Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 at 04:47:43 am EST (Viewed 148 times)
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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.

Killing Norman would be a shame I think, and he is fated to be what he is and always was, a cold wicked personality. There seems to be a lack of self-awareness though that has made him boring to read at times in recent years.
IF the Sin Eater experience allows Norman to still be the same old SOB as usual but while having him genuinely concerned for Harry, then there will be more to play with.

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