Alonso has no more respect for the disillusioned than Quesada
Kiel Phegley: Axel, every week we talk a bit with the readers via our message board Q&A, and often we talk about the relationship Marvel works on building with its fans. But at C2E2, there was a moment at a Marvel panel that referenced the back-and-forth of the comics internet when a fan stood up and said that he hadn't bought a Marvel comic since Nightcrawler was killed. And you seemed really surprised by that. Was that the first time you'd had someone come up to you and say, "This isn't just complaining on the internet. I've actually put my money where my mouth is"?At the same time, assuming what he describes is true, what can I say? I'm disappointed in some readers too who give the definition "Marvel zombie" a bad name by making it sound like they're willing to go through forced retcons like the erasure of the Spider-Marriage no matter what. Because that's exactly what keeps bad writing prevalent in today's landscape; the would-be fans of Spidey and many other characters in both the MCU and DCU are willing to just accept a bad storyline even if it leads in the long-term to more badness. Alonso obviously won't acknowledge how there's a problem out there with fans who don't know when to quit and transfer their money to other overlooked items instead, because he's only interested in their money, to which he feels entitled no matter what.
Alonso: I'm always a bit skeptical when people say they’ve dropped a series, yet they seem to know everything that's occurred in it over the last few months. [Laughs] I mean, a lot of people announced they were dropping “Amazing Spider-Man” after "One More Day,” but the book is going through a renaissance under Dan Slott that wouldn’t have been possible without it. Case in point: I remember one guy at a con begging me to retcon “One More Day.” I asked him if he was currently enjoying the series, and he said, emphatically, “Yes!” and then he went on to explain how much he liked so many of the subplots and characters that, again, wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t done “One More Day.” And I said, “Mission accomplished.”
So yes, I’m still a bit skeptical when someone says they’re boycotting all Marvel Comics because of a story in one book. I guess it’s possible, but I don’t understand the mindset. I can’t imagine denying myself one of my passions because of one story development – and let’s face it, one that will probably be rectified in the future.
Spidey's sales are doing pretty poorly at the moment, but it's clear that there's still a sizable number of people who can't bring themselves to cut ties with the book and spend time more with older, better stories. Only when they understand that the time has come to stop paying money for the pretentious mess Alonso and company have made after the Spider-Marriage was trashed will they ever have even a remote chance of fixing anything.