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Thursday, August 28, 2008 

Mark Waid's going downhill

He's interviewed by Newsarama on his upcoming writing role on Amazing Spider-Man, and joins quite a few other current Marvel contributors by committing the serious mistake of putting down fans for the wrong reasons:
NRAMA: As you saw in Marc's interview, we're asking how various Spider-Man creators feel about the reaction to Brand New Day. You're new to the scene, but do you have an opinion on it that you want to share, since you've been talking to these guys for a few months and participating in what they're trying to do? Do you think it's a good direction for Spider-Man?

MW: I actually think it's really a good, solid direction. It does exactly what they set out to do, which was re-establish the books as being about Peter Parker, perennial loser, who is not married.

They're very careful and very respectful, whether the hardcore fans believe it or not; the team that I've seen on the Spider-Man books is very respectful toward them in terms of not going out of their way to thumb their nose at the readership, or try to make fun of them or mock their concern
. Everybody who works on these books understands that it was a gamble to take this direction. Everybody on these books understands why there's that slowly diminishing minority of fans who believe that Spider-Man comics are no good anymore because we got rid of the marriage. Everybody gets that and understands why they're so attached to it. But we've set the course now, so the only thing we can do is tell the best stories we possibly can.
Tsk tsk tsk. What's really funny here is that this is a guy who'd worked on The Flash, where he himself married Wally West and Linda Park, and now he's acting disrespectful to something he promoted a decade ago. And he even has the gall to imply that Peter is only a loser. I'm sorry, Mark, but that's just lame.

If writers like him continue to do this for the sake of maintaining a job, that's why they're bound to continue losing fans. Waid does seem to have lost influence as a writer in the past year or so, and I don't think this is going to help matters.

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