Spoilers, I said! About Spider-Man.
I’m not a big Spidey fan, but are careless perusal of Newsarama tells me that his marriage is wiped out in a Crisis-like retcon, as well as his unmasking, Aunt May’s knowledge of his identity, and even Harry Osborn’s death, and that may just be the start. Any current or long-term Spidey fans have an opinion on this? Actually reading the story? Betting it’s just a year-long experiment?
Honestly, I don’t know why people bother reading Spider-Man anymore. Bad enough Marvel retcons things at the drop of a hat, but for some reason, Spider-Man gets retconned ten times as often as any other character. It’s unreadable at this point.
Joe Q. has been on record for a long time saying that he didn’t like the fact that Peter was married to MJ because it removed some of the “soap opera” elements from the book. So my money is this is a pretty long-term change. (They also got rid of his organic web shooters and are going back to the mechanical ones.)
I was out of the comics scene for years, but was drawn back in with Brubaker’s Cap, and Civil War. (It was the comic geek speak podcast, my bank account send them a damning glance)
I picked up Spidey again in the aftermath of the Other storyline. Mixing in a supernatural element to his origin? What the hell are they doing to the character? There must be more natural ways to end the marriage than a deal with the devil. And all for the life of his million year old aunt?
It was just a graceless execution of an edict from the EiC at Marvel. I’ve pretty much had it with the title.
I think that they let a lot of stuff happen when Straczynski took over the book that they’re stuffing back into the bottle now.
It’s clearly a lesson they learned later, because as I understand it, they’re basically sidelining the “Big Name Author” books so that they don’t rumble with the basic 616 continuity.
Couldn’t this be said for pretty much everything that’s happened at Marvel since Civil War?
Interesting stuff from that round table.
It seems like Marvel is essentially making a DC style “punt” on their own continuity. The real question is, of course, how this is going to effect sales in the long term on the SpiderMan books.
The idea of continuity in a forty year old universe where everyone is within 5-10 years of their original age is a bit of a joke anyway, and you need to slough off the cruft from time to time.
My sense is they did it a little too crudely here, but I haven’t actually read the books.
Can’t say that I’m surprised. The only Spider-Man I read these days is Ultimate.