Here’s News… I’m certifiably Batshit Crazy.
I’ll be the first to admit rarely a day goes by that– when I think of Marvel Comics– I can’t help but remember what they’ve done (and continue to do) to my beloved Spider-man. Even though this thought lasts for just a moment, I still get a little glitch in my gut. It’s not as big a cramp as it used to be, but it’s still there… And I am old enough now to know it ain’t never going away… Unless Marvel “fixes” The Amazing Spider-man comic.
By “fixing”, I mean Marvel disavowing the entire One More Day story line– and virtually everything that’s happened since. The more I’ve mulled over this abomination, the more I realize my original beef with the story– Peter and Mary Jane no longer being married– is not my real problem with it.
I’m pissed about how their separation occurred. Like many, my main problem now lies with Spider-man making a deal with the devil/demon Mephisto in the first place. Even though Mary Jane told Peter it would be OK– that she would still love him somehow, Peter Parker is Spider-man… And the hero I grew up with figured this shit out. He didn’t take “No” for an answer or the easy way. He improvised… And he certainly never made deals with demons… Because he was smart enough to know those crap agreements never work out the way people plan.
It’s not bad enough that Marvel, within the last 12 months, has rubbed the Peter/MJ marriage in our faces again with the gross MJ/Venom comic variant from Amazing Spider-man #678. It’s not bad enough that Mary Jane mumbled something about loving Peter in the middle of the absurd Spider Island crossover… Now we have to deal with Marvel mismanaging almost every aspect of Spider-man’s 50th Anniversary– as if Spider-man is one of The World’s Least Popular Superheroes.
I’ve seen Deadpool get more respect in a month than Spider-man’s gotten all year (so far). Maybe Marvel Comics figured they would let Sony Pictures do the heavy-lifting during Spidey’s Golden Celebration– by releasing an unneeded cinematic re-boot.
In any case, what was the publisher’s response to this awesome milestone? Some more fair-to-middling Spidey variants (often on books that had little or nothing to do with the character) and Brian Michael Bendis’ Spider-men crossover mini-series… A book where Marvel’s “616″ Universe Spider-man Peter Parker meets the Spider-man of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, Miles Morales. Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada once infamously foreshadowed such a meeting by saying (and I paraphrase here) if any such crossover ever occurred… Marvel would officially be out of ideas.
Overlooking the delicious irony, I actually applaud Marvel for placing a 50th Anniversary Spider-Man Logo on the top left of their recent Spider-man comics. I know it took all of 5 minutes to design in Photoshop– but hey, at least it was a gesture… A slight effort that proved somebody at Marvel understood the importance of the durability and passion for this character.
And it all would have been fine… Until, true to pattern, Marvel once again trivialized Spider-man’s awesome history with a similar– but different– logo on Venom #21.
(By the way, this is the part where you’ll probably think I’ve officially lost my geek mind.)
I am actually offended by the 24 Years of Venom Anniversary Logo– even though I know it’s a joke. Why? Because this year shouldn’t be about Venom or, for that matter, Miles Morales (who’s been Spider-man in a different Marvel Universe for all of 5 seconds, compared to Peter Parker).
Barely noting Spidey’s anniversary is bad enough… And playing up Venom’s– even as a joke– seems like a very ill-considered idea that should’ve been left lying on the floor after an editorial meeting– with a bunch of other crap ideas. Still, you know some idiot has gotta be sitting over there thinking, “Better not play up the 50 Year angle… We don’t want the kids thinking Spider-man’s eligible for his AARP card!”
Damn it, kids don’t buy comics anymore… And if they do, they should read Archie comics or some of the other (often overpriced) kid stuff Marvel and their independent competitors spit out. A child shouldn’t be reading a book where the Lizard eats his son or the Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) gets his head cut off… Or a hero makes a deal with the devil.
Come on, Marvel! You’re better than this! Or at least you used to be.