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Friday, January 20, 2012 

Making Kaine into a hero doesn't sound like it'll be done right

USA Today wrote about a new series Marvel is planning for Kaine, one of the villains who'd appeared in the dreaded Clone Saga. But I don't think they're going to get very far with this kind of promotion:
"Kaine is a guy who was a murderer and did horrible things many times he couldn't control himself from doing, and how he wants to be a better person. There is just something universal in that story," Wacker says.
Now according to the Kaine profile on SpiderFan, Kaine's victims appear to include villains like Dr. Octopus, Grim Hunter and at least a few Scriers. But none of this is clear in the USA Today article, and if they're going to stay so ambiguous about it, no wonder Steven Wacker's whole statement could serve to backfire on the book they're conjuring up.

And the biggest problem besides that is that they're dredging up material from one of the worst eras in Spidey history - the Clone Saga, which has come to be despised by many for a lot of good reasons. Why, if there was anything that ever needed to be purged from continuity, it's almost everything related to the Clone Saga, not the Spider-Marriage! All Wacker and company are doing is showing how committed they are to poor storytelling if they're going to build a book centered around a a kind of villain who'd been conjured up as an adversary in one of the worst storylines from 1995.

At the end of the article, Wacker says:
"There's a lot of skepticism but I think people will show up just to see the car wreck, if nothing else," Wacker says. "And our job is to make sure it's not a car wreck and to keep them there."
It's more than just a car wreck; it's a combined train-and-plane wreck, and I doubt many will show up to read it if they're already skeptical this could ever work. So, there won't be many people for Wacker to convince to remain.

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