They retconned Spidie.
They finally blew it up.
YOU FINALLY BLEW IT UP!!!!!!
Damn, Damn, Damn.
Now, I'm not a hard-core Spider-man fan, I've liked the character but I've always been more DC-oriented than Marvel-oriented and I've always had trouble envisioning Spider-man in the same universe as the X-men (Ultimate Spider-man really does a much better job of this than the old comic). Still, when I picked up a Spider-man comic on occasion I would do so with strong hopes. Spider-man is the everyman-hero as is often said, but more importantly he's the everyman-angst hero. His angst is slightly teenagish, sure, but it's teenagish in the sense of coming of age. The angst is that of responsibility, power, love, family, duty, etc. Essentially the philosophical issues that inherently tear at people when they move from one phase of life to another.
But what is coming of age without some adulthood. Trapping Spider-man eternally in teenage-angst would be depressing, and so I was happy to see him have adventures where his relationships and attitudes toward life were maturing, till finally he got married and had to deal with that sort of angst.
He was the every-man hero not in the sense he wasn't heroic, but that he embodied the great heroics and great burdens that exist in every man, only brought out 100 fold by the circumstance of him being a superhero.
But then, to sap of all that by saying, all your struggles, your lifetime, and your essential earned adulthood are gone...
And just by magic!
Not by magic working under certain rules just magic!
If you haven't heard, Marvel, in what seems largely a promotion called Spiderman: One More Day, has erased Peter Parker's marriage to Mary Jane. In the process for some reason or other, they erased also him reveling his identity to the public, Harry Osborn's death and a number of other random details. Basically whatever makes it easier for them to do whatever the heck they want. And it was all by a snap of the wrist of a devil.
That's not how things should work with Spider-man. Angst only works if there's some significance to it, and there's only significance to his angst if his decisions have consequences and rewards, and if the sum of that actually leads him from one phase of his life to another, instead Peter Parker is doomed now to be trapped a teen...
DAMN YOU!!! YOU BLEW IT UP!!! YOU MANIACS!!! YOU BLEW IT UP!!!
But if this had been some grand adventure like Crisis of Infinite Earths, I still would have strongly disagreed, but I could forgive, but instead it's a short quick story, dealing with a crisis that's been dealt with before, and without any significance to the drama or even really to the personal weight, and without any strong, contiguous explanation for how this all makes sense within the Marvel Universe (which by the way is going on without a retcon, so JUST Spidey's being retconned) and...
DAMN YOU ALL!!!! YOU BLEW IT UP!!!
DAMN YOU TO HELL JOE!!!
Just give me one more day with my friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
The one who just like me actually grows up and lives with his decisions.
Because that's the Spiderman we all fell in love with...
Just one more day, Joe, can't you just give me one more day...
6 months ago