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Thursday, December 21, 2017 

It looks like Dan Slott is finally leaving Spider-Man

And hopefully, he'll be departing from Marvel entirely soon. CBR's said that:
In March, writer Dan Slott kicks off what appears to be his final Amazing Spider-Man storyline in Issue #797. The arc, titled “Go Down Swinging,” is illustrated by Stuart Immonen and will introduce an all-new character to Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man mythos. The issue’s solicitation text states, “Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last.”
Oh, no doubt, it will be very harrowing indeed, to say nothing of grueling. Why, the plot involves some rather cheapie tactics:
Slott and Immonen’s storyline, announced via Marvel Comics’ March 2018 solicitations, focuses on the recently returned Green Goblin’s most dangerous scheme to date and will introduce the Red Goblin to the Marvel Universe. Whether the character is a villain or hero remains unknown at this time.
Yes, because characters who come in all colors of the rainbow like donuts are such a big deal. This is the kind of yawn-inducing tactic DC used in Green Lantern when Geoff Johns was the main writer (the Red Lanterns was particularly disgusting), and I think I recall Marvel did something similar with the Hulk several years ago too, turning Thunderbolt Ross into a red-colored Hulk. (And then, DC turned Speedy/Arsenal into Red Arrow, as if that would actually make him special. It doesn't.) This is no different, and merely hints at another lack of innovation.

Still, this in itself is good news. In fact, last time I looked, Slott hadn't posted to Twitter for at least a few weeks, and only recently added at least one more item, linking to Instagram. It's to be assumed C.B. Cebulski's ascension to EIC had some positive effect, and that's certainly good. But if the succeeding writer is just as bad as Slott, if not worse, and if Marvel keeps the no-Mary Jane mandate intact, then nothing's solved, and a bad direction is kept compounded.

It'll be very fortunate if Marvel finally decides to dismiss Slott from their payroll altogether, and save themselves some money better reserved for more respectable, talented writers. For example, how about lifting the blacklist on Chuck Dixon? For all we know, he could have the talent needed to write Spidey, and by avoiding stigmas on conservative writers, that's how Marvel can make it possible to regain readers and sales in the future.

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