Spider-Man has shower moment.

Remember that moment on Dallas when we learned the whole last season was a dream? Well, that just happened to Spidey. Sure, he did it for a good reason, but man, what a heavy-handed reset button. Of course, now they can bring Gwen Stacy back from the dead (is she still dead?) and Pete can marry her. In my many many years and ins and outs of reading and collecting comics, I only wrote one letter to a comics company. That was when Gwen Stacy died. I was outraged.

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5 Responses to Spider-Man has shower moment.

  1. George Haberberger says:

    There’s a lot of outrage about this as well. I dropped Spider-Man from my pull list and was told by the clerk that they used to order about 80 issues and now they’re down to about 30. It is just lazy writing to make Parket single again.

  2. Jason says:

    Remember that episode of the Simpsons where Homer became good friends with Ned and Bart and Lisa were shocked that, by the end of the episode, the status quo hadn’t been re-established? Then they did a “one week later” bit that ran about 10 seconds, with Homer yelling at Ned and Bart and Lisa gave a sigh of relief?

    That’s what comics are about, especially the mainstream ones, and it’s one of the reasons I can’t really get into them. They’re all about preserving the status quo, because they can and because recognizable characters make money. Nobody ages, nobody truly dies (Has Cap come back yet?), and things must always remain (essentially) the same, because that’s what people are comfortable with and that’s what sells books. And if they can’t find a logical, real-world reason for things to go back to how they were, they invoke mystical powers, mind-control, resurrection, etc., to do it.

    It’s like when two pro wrestlers face off in a “loser must retire” match or somesuch. You know the loser will be back three months later (and gunning for revenge in an epic steel-cage rematch!), and it’s all just false drama. Mick Foley wrestled a match last night. I hear he retired in 2001.

  3. Mkae says:

    For somewhat obvious reasons, I chose to NOT blog about this on my blog. But man. Wow. There’s a ton of stuff going on out there with this.

  4. Shocho says:

    Yeah, you’re right Jason, and they have a “renewable readership” so I think these “reset button” events just get a new bunch started and get rid of the old bunch that was getting tired of the shtick anyway. But still, it was lame!

  5. George Haberberger says:

    Of course there is no guarantee that this “event” WILL “get a new bunch started.” Comics are not as big a part of a lot a kids lives now that there are so many other distractions.If a segment of the comic-reading demographic was clamoring for an unmarried Spider-Man, there already was the Ultimate version. Alienating the established readership is stupid to say nothing of the complete disregard the whole unmasking during Civil War that was supposed to be so groundbreaking. Now it appears they did that because they knew it wouldn’t matter in a couple of months.

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