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13 January 2013 @ 04:42 pm
Amazing Spider-Man #700  

This won't be very long because I'll try to be to the point about this monumental issue.

I tried very hard not to be spoiled because I didn't read the issue the week it came out. Unfortunately that only lasted a day. It pisses me off that when something BIG happens in a comic to a well known character, mainstream media has to cover it so heavily that people that don't want to be spoiled end up getting spoiled.

As to what happened in the issue, Peter Parker ended up dying while trapped in Dr. Octopus' body. Therefore, Ock is now occupying Peter's body. The thing is that Peter got to the good doctor and he appears to want to be a SUPERIOR Spider-Man. Of course, he'll get his chance.

Am I upset that Peter is gone?? Not really because I thought Dan Slott, the writer of the book, did an excellent job with it. Also, the scene when Peter was with people that had died who knew him pushed Peter into doing what he did.

I also think that this change won't last long. We have seen in the past that when some well known comic book characters that have met their end have a way of returning to the land of the living. Superman, Batman, Captain America, Human Torch are but a few that have returned from death. Also, there's another Amazing Spider-Man movie coming out and it will be weird if Peter wasn't in the webs as himself when the movie is released.

It will be interesting to see how long this change lasts.

'Nuff said.
Liliaethliliaeth on January 14th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
Handled it well? Really?

I thought it showed an utter lack of respect for the character of Peter parker.

Then again, this is Slott who can only relate to losers and whom apparantly thinks that Otto Octavius is more relatable than Peter is.
Van-El II: Stan Leevan_el on January 14th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
While I will grant you that the story does evoke a lack of respect to the character, as someone else is taking over his life and reaping the benefits of it that Peter earned - I don't think it's fair to say that just because someone relates better to Otto compared to Peter makes them automatically a loser. I'd go so far as to say that the Peter fans who have given Slott death threats are the real "losers" in this case - and need locking up or psychological care, whichever is more appropriate.

That and if you wish to attribute "blame" for this story - you need to aim some of it at Axel Alonso (who is one of the best EiCs in Marvel History, not to mention proved himself over at DC before they became reboot happy), Tom Brevoort, Stephen Wacker, Ellie Pyle and DISNEY. They were all responsible for green-lighting this storyline.

And you also have to accept that Peter's creator, Stan "The Man" Lee, has also backed Slott's creative direction as shown here and here, where he helps advertise it!

In fact, I have to say that I have never been a fan of Peter's. I've been a Ben Reilly fan, I've been a Kraven fan, I'm a Miguel O'Hara fan, I prefer Miles Morales to Peter Parker... and I am seriously considering returning as a paying Marvel subscriber of a 616-Spider-Man title for the first time since Ben Reilly's death; because I find "Otto the Usurper" and the concept behind Superior Spider-Man fascinating - in much the same way I found Kurt Busiek's original Thunderbolts concept fascinating.

But I agree, it doesn't mean this story should have been formed the way that it has - as an event crafted for maximum controversy and baiting. It should not have been rushed and left with plot-holes and rushed characterisation (for both Otto AND Peter - specifically of the former's easy heel-face-turn and the latter's acceptance/bequeathing of the identity to Otto).

That said, our indignant reaction might be exactly what Marvel was going for so that *IF* Peter returns (we've seen what's happened with the Spider-Marriage so far, among other canon things fans want restored), long time fans who have fallen in love with Peter Parker will feel all the more vindicated and triumphant for it.

Edited at 2013-01-14 09:15 am (UTC)
Mark Clarkmark_clark on January 14th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
I agree with you, Van.

The only thing I disagree with is that this isn't like the Spider-Marriage. Plus I don't see Peter being gone for long even though his body is still there.