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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 

Dan Slott conceives retcon to Spider-Man's origins not unlike J. Michael Stracynski's

He's come up with a "revelation" in Spider-Man not all that different from what Stracynski wasted his time doing when he was helming Spidey's book, introducing a woman called Silk who got bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker:
Lightning can strike twice — and so, apparently, can radioactive spiders.

Marvel Comics is introducing a brand new character, a mysterious female super powered figure named Silk, in this Wednesday's Amazing Spider-Man #1. And though she's brand new, her origin is familiar to comic book fans. That's because her spider-based powers come from the same irradiated arachnid as the one that changed the course of Peter Parker's life.

"The spider lived long enough to bite one more person," explains writer Dan Slott. "When I pitched that idea at one of our creative summits, everyone went, 'Oohhhh.'"
Of course they did; why should they reject the ideas of a banal writer like him? Axel Alonso and company don't care about logic, or they'd know it doesn't make sense that somebody else got bitten and didn't get some attention in Amazing Fantasy #15. Nor do they care that, much like Stracynski's introduction of a character named Ezekial, this only reduces Peter's significance.

And there's already at least two other Spider-Women, Jessica Drew and Julia Carpenter, so I don't see why we need another one.
To help make the retcon, Slott wrote an origin that uses dialogue verbatim from the legendary science demonstration scene first chronicled by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962's "Amazing Fantasy" #15.
I still don't see how that equals logic. Stracynski's run didn't amount to it either.
If she's been around since that fateful General Techtronics Laboratories East atomic demonstration, where has she been through 50 years of comic continuity?

"Where has she been all these years? That sounds like an incredibly big secret, he said twirling his mustache," answers Slot.

Getting more information out of Slott would require a S.H.I.E.L.D. clearance of at least seven.
Oh, that won't be necessary. Listening to anything Slott boasts about is as fun as watching paint dry. Besides, look where it stems from:
Silk's real origin spins (ahem) out of the publisher wide event "Original Sin," in which many deep, dark secrets haunting all of Marvel's major heroes. Slott adds that the new character will weave her way into his upcoming "Spider-Verse" event, which brings together all the different versions of Spider-Man that have appeared in Marvel over the past 52 years.

As if Slott's "Amazing Spider-Man" #1 needed any more buzz. The issue — which features the return of Peter Parker to his own title two years after being left to die by a terminally ill Doctor Octopus who swapped his consciousness into Spider-Man's body — is the single most ordered comic in the last decade.
It doesn't need any buzz, because what this management has to offer is only of serious interest to obsessive collectors who want to bag every numero uno premiere issue around, while store managers are foolish enough to go along with this. Even before Dr. Octopus did his mind-switch, it had already long become worthless, thanks to One More Day. And Original Sin is clearly their answer to DC's crossovers that were intended far more as excuses to retcon than offer real entertainment.
"I wanted to do something that had a major ramification to Spider-Man's world," says Slott. "Something that really struck all the way to its core. But at the same time could leave everything you knew intact. This adds to Spider-Man's world and it doesn't take anything out of foundation and crumble it."
Somebody forgot about the Spider-marriage, I see. And Peter's deal with Mephisto, among other terrible turns. What's still intact? He already made a major ramification to Spidey's world anyway - the Dr. Octopus switcheroo. And he's not courageous enough to admit it.

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