During the early stages of events, the New Avengers are sat around having a meeting discussing who should lead them. At the end of the meeting they tell Spiderman that if he doesn't remove his mask, then he would have to leave the team, 'cos none of them wear masks within the team, and they have to trust him. Spiderman eventualy does so, revealing himself to be Peter Parker. Jessica Jones-Cage recognises him and hillarity ensues. Parker also goes on to ask them all to be very carefull with his identity.
My question is: Peter Parker revealed his identity during the Civil War, and he's also taken/or had removed his mask at a few other moments during his time with the Avengers, such as during Breakout, and whilst they were captive in the Savage Land. So why is it all a big deal now all of a sudden again?
I used to be a big fan, but haven't liked his recent art. That with the red Hulk (dreadful character) all over the cover and the fact that because of the inevitable delays the trade won't be out for years and will be an expensive hardback at first anyway, I have to say, no thanks.
Spider-man makes a deal with the Devil so that his aunt May does not die. This deal means that Peter Parker's marriage to MJ now never happened and no one will ever remember it. The Devil does this because it is the most pure love he has ever known, will feed off the agony of tiny part of Spider-Man that will remember, and because it will piss off God. "I want your pain...I want....YOUR MARRIAGE!" shouts the Devil.
There are lots of 'BONG!' time-is-running-out sound effects and the world goes to black as MJ says "You just hit the jackpot, tiger." Peter Parker wakes up, seemingly younger and apparently back at college and Harry Osborne is alive again and his best friend. Friends crowd Peter (including a young Flash Thomson) and tell him how much they love him then they all raise their glasses at a party and shout: "A BRAND NEW DAY!"
Apparently, future issues will have MJ as a super-hero called...Jackpot.
I haven't bought an issue of ASM since the reboot of BND as I find that a big-turnoff. Voting with wallet. Comics run in cycles so I'm just waiting until that's undone!
I can't think of anything that was done in that storyline that couldn't have been done by Peter & MJ (somehow) getting their hands on the cosmic cube fragments (it was destroyed in Captain America something or other) and trying to use them to save May's life but inadvertantly altering the universe. Job done, no devil involved, everyone happy
Possibly, but I found the One More Day storyline utterly idiotic and borderline offensive, not to mention undoing a marriage which didn't need undoing so dropped ASM. The book's rep has been quite good since: I'm just personally not interested in reading it until OMD is overwritten (which it will be, in time). I just don't care about the reboot Spiderverse full stop: OMD broke the book for me. In the meantime, reprints and the odd out-of-continuity mini fulfil my spider-needs.
Last Edit: Jul 14, 2011 21:59:43 GMT by The Doctor
.... but I think I agree that the marriage had to go.
Peter being married to M-J creates problems with the storytelling on the title. It gives him someone to go to who knows he's Spider Man. It removes money issues from Peter's life by marrying him to a superstar model/actress. It (obviously) removes any romantic storyline for Peter all of which are running themes in the comic right up till the point he gets married.
I don't think it was the only problem the book had though.... Peter's supporting cast and villain's rosta had been culled considerably over the years: during the entire time I read JMS's Spider Man I think I saw only Aunt May & M-J. That was it. Brand new day has fixed this by bringing back several characters, giving him some new characters to work with and giving him some well deserved new villains.
So far - and I'm 19 issues into Brand New Day's UK reprint - the stories that are being told using it are superb well above what I was reading in the years prior to it. There's an energy to the title that was missing before.
I had no problem with Spidey being married. He was married for most of the Spider-Man issues I read growing up. Removing that element seems utterly pointless to me and turns the title into a reboot nostalgia-fest. I don't want to read about a Spider-Man who is no longer married for no other reason than because of some bollocks with Mephisto.
I'm a big Spider-Man fan and used to get my fix from a variety of sources: trades, the Panini reprint and the comic DVD's but I've not read anything post One More/Brand New Day.
I came close to giving up on Spidey before when volume 1 was wrapping up and not only was Baby May not coming back but Aunt May was brought back from the dead - or rather it was claimed that when she died it was really an actress and the real one had been hidden in a cupboard for months or some such bollocks.
This time though... nope I decided that's enough. It didn't need to be done, the marriage was never a problem. Can't do romance storylines? So what? Been there, done that, impregnated the lass in the t-shirt. The support cast had dropped off but they could have been brought back some other way, that didn't involve regressing the character. Likewise there were still enough villains around, plus others could be introduced without undeadening Harry.
I think it's more coincidental than necessarily a factor of loosing JRjr, though that didn't helped.
Sins Past works better as intended before editorial intervened: if they didn't like the reveal of the twins parentage then the story really needed nixing before it started. Then we get some Civil War crossoveritus spoiling things and then it really goes to pot.