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Saturday, July 03, 2010 

Steven Wacker sees Spidey in the dark

The man who is now editor for Spider-Man churns out more apologies for their current take in a CBR interview article, and uses his own "viewpoint" to justify the damage they're doing:
I think I differ from a lot of fans who read Spider-Man for a long time, because I always read it as a pretty dark book. I don't completely 'get' the always jokey, fun Spider-Man that everybody seems to remember. I read those old issues and my reaction was, 'Boy this is a guy who keeps screwing up and he can't get a break.' The sort of ups and downs and the soap opera of his lifeā€”and they way he would try to deal with those problems through humor - was always fascinating to me, but that still didn't make it a comedy to my eyes.
No one said it was exclusively a comedy, but neither was it ever a completely dark book. It began with a sad tragedy of Peter Parker losing his uncle because he'd failed to stop the burglar from getting away, but it was never written as something to take place much of the time in the darkness. He may have had moments in his life where he recalled the loss of Uncle Ben Parker with sadness, but in the end, he didn't let it get him down from being a man, and a superhero.

Wacker is just showing that he's got no understanding of the material he's been entrusted with.

His words on what they've got planned for OMIT leave no reason to be optimistic either:
For the couple of months coming out of "One Moment in Time," we're going to be bringing a lot of threads of Peter's life that we've been developing since we started working on the book into one big story, 'Origin of the Species.' It sort of gives Pete a moment to assess all the stuff that's happened to him for the last 100 or so issues. Beyond that, we've already started talking about the fact that it might be time for a new, or at least better, Spider-Man. I feel like we've done as much as we can do in terms of Peter Parker's time as Spider-Man.
In other words, they're introducing a new Ben Reilly? I won't want to be around to find out. I'm sure nothing great is going to come out of this regardless. They're only digging deeper holes for their franchises, and in the long term, nobody is going to care what new tricks they've got up their sleeves.

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Translation: tread water until the new movie, write a love letter to Hollywood in the process, run from dying comic to dying film industry, rinse-repeat.

Yawn.

Spider-Man is a zombie character now.

So, Wacker's saying they killed the Spider Marriage for nothing?

Newsflash: Why not try writing a happily married superhero? Aside from the Richards (who someone gets the idea to break up every 5 years or so), it's not done anywhere else in comics. And despite what Joey Q says, it's a gold mine for storytelling possibilities - for a good writer.

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