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AICN COMICS SPIDER-MAN "Brand New Day" Q & @ PART ONE with Dan Slott & Steve Wacker!!!

Hey folks, Ambush Bug here with a two part interview centering on the comic everyone is talking about: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and its “Brand New Day” relaunch. Comic bookers old and new have been quite vocal about the recent developments in the Spidey Universe. All other Spidey books have been cancelled and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN will now come out thrice monthly to appease your tingling spider senses. Writer Dan Slott and editor Steve Wacker were able to answer a few questions the AICN @$$holes threw their way in this, the first part of our “Brand New Day” Q&@. On Monday, expect Part Two of this interview where we toss out some questions to Marvel Editor In Chief Joe Quesada. So be sure to pop back in then to see the sparks fly. Until then, let’s see what Mr. Slott and Mr. Wacker have to say:

@$$Holes (@): Seems “Brand New Day” is setting a new status quo for the Spider-Man Universe. Can you explain that change to the three people out there who don’t know anything about it yet?

Dan Slott (DS): He now has the powers of a spider-monkey. Besides that? Same as it ever was. You're good to go. Really. Steve? A li'l help?
Steve Wacker (SW): For anyone coming in fresh, I don't think much has to be explained. It's the classic Peter Parker set-up. Pete's a 20-something New Yorker with Spider powers who uses them to help folks out...and who sometimes screws it all up, constantly torn between his personal life as Peter Parker and his responsibilities as Spider-Man.

@: These changes have been made to get Spider-Man back to a more recognizable, archetypal status quo – does that mean we’ll be seeing less of an emphasis on continuity and events in SPIDER-MAN and more of an “illusion of change”-driven status quo going forward?

DS: No. This book has, had, and will have continuity. It takes place in the Marvel Universe. I see a lot of online fans out there saying that 20 years of continuity have been wiped. And that's so not the case. This isn't a 'Crisis' or a reboot. This is Marvel, people.
I don't mean to get my geek on, but here goes… The "mind-wipe" is a comic book trope. Except for a few changes, everything happened. People are just remembering it wrong. This has been done before many times in the Marvel U. From Sentry to Iron Man to Doc Strange.
Back in '98, Kurt Busiek did an Iron Man/Captain America special where Iron Man used an A.I.M.-built brainwashing satellite to make EVERYONE on Earth forget that he was ever Iron Man. Once upon a time, Stephen Strange made EVERYONE in EXISTENCE forget he was Sorcerer Supreme, and then he adopted the new identity of Dr. Stephen Saunders.
And it didn't change or invalidate ANY of their past comics. Look, hardcore fans can figure this stuff out. They've got the skills. It's all a matter of taking off the blinders, putting on your No-Prize hat, and getting creative.
There ARE solutions to ANY continuity problem you can come up with. Honest. WE know how they all work. But who wants to go on and on explaining it all? I mean, just look at how long THIS response is. See? Getting sleepy yet? Me? I'd rather use that time telling stories!

@: How would they describe the tone of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN right now?

DS: 100% Spider-Man. Spidey's got a mix of everything—it can be drop-dead serious, moody, noir, nightmarish, down-to-earth, soap opera-ish, goofy, touching, thrilling… There's no one way to do it. It's always going to be a mix. The one constant is the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and how ALL of that goes through his very unique filter.

@: How much of an influence was the movie series on “Brand New Day” as a reorientation of the status quo?

DS: I LOVE the movie series, especially SPIDER-MAN 2 with Doc Ock and the Spider-Man No More riffs. But for me this is all about Amazing Spider-Man the COMIC! As great as the movies are, we can do things in comics and this medium—especially this thrice-monthly format—that movies can't!

@: Can you tell us the difference between the main AMAZING SPIDER-MAN title and the ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN title? They seem pretty similar to me now, other than the death of Gwen Stacy and Uncle Ben's ponytail…

DS: Well for starters, our Aunt May? She doesn't know that Peter is Spider-Man. That's an Ultimate thing. And… (***SPOILER*** that's probably where you'll have to go now if you want to read about J. Jonah Jameson. Sorry. ***SPOILER***)

@: Steve, DC’s 52 maxiseries was a pretty successful endeavor. What did you learn coordinating that series that you are bringing to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN?

SW: That you never have enough issues in the drawer ready to go. The schedule is a real bear and you simply can’t be far enough ahead. Marvel’s been great about letting me cull from the top shelf talent and making room in everyone’s schedule to get these books out, so on another level you really need the confidence of the your bosses to get this machine working.

@: Can you give us some insight about the selection process that went into putting together the “Brand New Day” creative team and how it all came about?

SW: Easy. With Slott, Guggenheim, Wells, and Gale we have writers who were each introduced to Spidey at different points in history. Along with Executive editor Brevoort (who oversees me), there’s not a previous Spider-Man story that hasn’t been read by one of these guys.
All of these writers also were able to carry a heavy assignment load that goes along with this book and work together to make sure it everything meshes as well as possible.

@: Dan, what is it like making the leap from writing second tier books like SHE-HULK, THE THING, and THE INITIATIVE to writing the adventures of Marvel’s most popular hero?

DS: Insane! The size of the audience is creepy. I'm used to hanging out in the "cult favorite" corner. The number of eyes on each issue is going to take a while to get used to. At the same time though—what a RUSH! To work on SPIDER-MAN?!
We were doing a Marvel podcast once, and Joe was going around the room asking all these Marvel creators "If you could work on ANY Marvel title, which would you choose?" And, almost to a man, everyone said AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Not JUST Spider-Man, but AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. JMS was there. He was working on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and he STILL said AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Me? I said MOON KNIGHT. Why? Well, MOON KNIGHT was one of my drop-dead favorite titles in high school. But honestly? I couldn't bring myself to say SPIDER-MAN. It would be like—who has the balls to ask the homecoming queen to the prom?! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN just seemed like too impossible a dream. Now I'm living it! That's what it's like.

@: Just how old is Spider-Man these days? I mean, an early twenty-something guy living with his elderly aunt is somewhat understandable, but a guy in his thirties and doing the same is…well…it’s just kind of sad.

DS: Yep. And no one knows that MORE than Mr. Peter Benjamin Parker.
SW: We’re keeping Pete in mid-20s. And he’s crashing at his Aunt’s pad when we first see him, but he’ll be finding his own place soon.

@: Hasn't anybody warned Peter you'll never get a job as long as you interview in a short-sleeved button-down?

DS: Ah, but what you DIDN'T see? His next interview was an audition for a role on CHUCK.

@: JMS’ “Spider Totem” storyline is one that went back hundreds of years tying Spidey’s powers more to the spider itself and not the radiation on that fateful day at the science fair. How (if at all) does this fit into “Brand New Day” continuity?

DS: Just read the top copy on ANY of our splash pages, sir. Isn't that cool! We got the top copy back!

@: Steve, what’s your secret in coordinating a weekly comic in an industry that often has difficulty getting a monthly comic out on a consistent basis?

SW: You just have to build a nice bubble around yourself of people ready to do the heavy lifting to get the book out. My assistant Tom Brennan works around the clock trafficking pages to the four corner of the world, so there’s not one moment of down time.
You also have to be willing to do a lot of work at home sacrificing the raising of your children and the health of your marriage to make sure the @$$Holes have something to vent about on Wednesdays.

@: Seriously: what's up with the Osborn family hair? If I had Harry's resources, I'd have dealt with that shit years ago. Or started shaving my head bald. Or gotten dreads.

DS: I think we should do a story where we find out that Norman, Harry, and Sandman all go to the same f'ed up barber.
SW: It’s a billionaire thing. Trump’s got his trademark onion loaf coif, Lex Luthor’s got his baldness, the Osborn’s have their “industrial carpeting from grandma’s basement” look. What’s the problem?

@: Mr. Negative: great character design. Have I seen him before and just missed it, or is AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546 his first appearance?

DS: He appeared briefly in the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SWING SHIFT FCBD comic from last year… And he will AGAIN when the SWING SHIFT DIRECTOR'S CUT comic comes out on the 30th. Plug, plug.

@: And why does he want the suitcase from "Pulp Fiction" so badly? Homicidal film buff, perhaps?

DS: It's my secret ploy to backdoor a role for Samuel L. Jackson in SPIDER-MAN 4.

@: The first issue of BND clearly states that no one knows that Peter is Spidey. No one, huh? Not even his buddy The Human Torch or his teammates in the New Avengers?

SW: Nope. No one.
DS: What? Steve, did we just invalidate my entire SPIDER-MAN/HUMAN TORCH mini-series?! Darn it!

@: It reminds me of the theme song to the old ELECTRIC COMPANY Spidey serial, “Nobody knows who you are!!!” Any of you guys remember that?

DS: Yep. My favorite episode is the one where Spidey fought The Wall at a Mets game!

@: Speaking of that show, do any of you guys remember Dr. Fright? The guy who wore a giant top hat over his head because one look at his butt-fugly face paralyzed people in fear? Dan, I know you like to work with obscure characters. Any chance of seeing Dr. Fright some time soon?

DS: Not in ASM. Initiative? Sure. Everybody from Dragon Lord to Slapstick shows up in the Initiative. For ASM I wanna play with the big toys! When we're making new villains? We wanna make 'em big! And when we open the toy chest, I wanna reach in and take the coolest ones: the Lizard, Venom, Hobgoblin, every single one of the Sinister Six! Oh man! I can't wait!

@: Issue #546 sees brief backup stories about Aunt May, Harry Osborn and Mary Jane. Will the backups continue week to week, or are they simply teasers letting us know what to expect from upcoming arcs?

SW: They were a one time happening. We just wanted everyone to have a chance to play in the first issue and give some sneak peeks at upcoming stories. I also wanted a nice, thick comic to give this launch some weight.

@: I know Steve McNiven, for example, isn’t staying on, but will any of the other artists be doing more than one arc? It’d be nice to see some artistic consistency.

SW: Bachalo and Jimenez are staying in the Spidey-verse and we have a few more surprise artists showing up later in the year. Then this summer Romita Jr. comes back home.

@: If sales aren’t agreeable, will Mephisto be making a repeat appearance in a year or so? How about other comics in the Marvel U that may need a little Mephisto remix?

DS:
Thanks for having us here. This was great!

Thank you guys for taking the time to talk with us.
Be sure to tune back in on Monday for Part Two of the “Brand New Day” Interview with Marvel EIC Joe Quesada.

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  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    weep my bretheren!

    by landrvr1

    yes!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    second?

    by landrvr1

    Hmm

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    yawn.

    by palewook

    this was a cheesy way to undo it. <p> sounds like a plot lifted from ghost rider, spawn, soloman kane, blade, faust, etc. <p> it would have been far more interesting to do anything else.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    More Marvelous Lies

    by spookyjesus

    He was never married! His friend is back from the dead! 20 years of worth of continuity is completely different! Don't try and bullshit me Marvel - I know my own mind thank you very much.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I read the questions

    by sickboy_ukuk

    but where are the answers?

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Kinda softballed it...

    by Shigeru

    Hoping for some more fireworks with the Joe Q interview.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    I like Slott's writing.

    by rev_skarekroe

    This whole thing was still a stupid idea.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Also, apparently this a SPOILER, but...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...they got rid of Jameson somehow? How is that taking things back to basics?

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    J Jonah? Say it aint so!

    by jamawalk

    So those preview images of him clutching his chest mean he's gonna die? Fantastic. I'd be pissed if this wasn't Marvel (read: he won't be dead long). I can't wait till Jonah becomes the Autumn Soldier or whatever. Suck it Marvel. You make all our brains hurt with your "solutions" to problems caused by your own terribleness. Marvel is dumb.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    comics are stupid

    by ironic_name

    I used to go to newsarama nearly everyday, now its crap about spiderman doing something stupid so the status quo can be what it was in the 70's.<P>makes me wanna leave comics, and work only in concept design [but no ones hired me in a while :| ].

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Gutted.

    by Reelheed

    This is so weak. So much for cause and effect storytelling and so much for actions having consequences. Way to ctrl+z hundreds of great stories guys. How can you convince yourselves you're bringing something new to a title when the first thing you do is to ignore all the progress that has been made with the character and go back to square one. Lame.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Also (still angry)

    by Reelheed

    If you want to tell vintage spidey stories - THEN DO IT. Just open the comic with a panel saying "spring 1980" AND GO FROM THERE!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Weak.

    by FlightDoc

    What an incredible copout. They painted themselves into a corner in order to include the Spiderman franchise into the Civil War story arc and then, left with nowhere else to turn, they did a mystical mulligan. Forgivable, in my mind, had they just included Peter’s foolish unmasking but this nonsense with wiping all of his personal back stories is just weak. Rather than build on the story lines to date they have just bombed them to rubble. Frankly if that is the best this writing team can come up with then I have no interest in continuing my subscription this title. As Bug pointed out there now seems little difference between Amazing and Ultimate; a title I have already told them I had no interest in when they tried replacing my subscription to Sensational Spiderman with it.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    don't forget, if you write or draw supes or bats slightly diff..

    by ironic_name

    then its another planet. no thats not frank miller's interpretation of batman, thats another dimension.<P>superman, the guy who scare mobsters and let gangsters [is there a difference between mob and gang sters?] die in vats of acid, the superman who was raised in an orphanages, the superman who was raised by two farmers, the superman who was raised by two farmers till his father died, the superman who wears a black triangle with a yellow S, with a red triangle and S <P> ARE ALL THE SAME FUCKING SUPERMAN!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    <b>ALL THE SAME FUCKING SUPERMAN!</b>

    by ironic_name

    did that work?

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Jumped The Shark.

    by godhatesyou

    Bye Spider-Man.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    WHAT A PILE OF CRAP !

    by The Wang

    Thanks for nothing Marvel, i jump ship from DC and JLA, Green Lantern for some superheroes with substance, and then what do you do ? you fuck up one of the most intresting periods in spiderman history by backtracking back to the damn 70's i mean for christ's sake, didn't you people read JMS's stories !? they were amazing (no pun) and intresting, and now you fuck it up by wiping everything and getting rid of MJ ! way to go Marvel ! good job of listening to your fans ! you stupid fucks ! hmmm i wonder if i can still get that subscrption to JLA, or maybe ultimate spider-man as that's actually still a good book, (till Marvel fuck that one up too !) and FYI, you've now gone and fucked up New Avengers for me as well ! thanks very fucking much Marvel ! i don't think i'll be reading Amazing again,

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    "Oh it's been done before in marvel u don't blame us"

    by lex romero

    Wtf? So because other marvel comics have used the get out of "jail free card" mind wipe or simmilar, that makes it ok for it to happen again in a Spidey series? What a weak argument, just because it's been done before doesn't make it a good thing to do? <br> Seriously killing j jonah but magically saving aunt may is stupid.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    "It's magic, we don't have to explain it."

    by OBSD

    Here's, in JMS's words, the conversation that occurred when Joe Q told him that they were changing JMS's original ending to One More DAy. It's pretty fucked up and once again shows what little respect Marvel has for its readers and writers: To explain, here's the conversation I had with Marvel, in sum: "So what does Mephisto do?" I ask. "He makes everybody forget Peter's Spider-Man." "Uh, huh. So Aunt May's still in the hospital --" "No, he saves Aunt May." "But if all he does is save her life and make everybody forget he's Spidey, she still has a scar on her midsection." "No, he makes that go away too." "Okay...: "Then he wakes up in her house." "The house that was burned down?" "Right." "But how --" "Mephisto undoes that as well." "Okay. And the guys who shot at Peter and May and were killed, they're alive too? Mephisto can bring guys back from the dead?" "It's all part of the spell." "And Doc Strange can't tell?" "No," "And the newspaper articles? News footage?" "Joe, it's been forgotten." "I'm just asking is that stuff there or not there?" "Not there. And Peter's web shooters are back." "Is this the same spell or a different spell?" "Same spell." "How does making people forget he's Spidey bring back his web shooters?" "It's magic, okay?" "I see. And Harry's back." "Right." "And Mephisto does this too." "Yep." "So is Harry back from the dead, or has he been alive? If they ask him, hey Harry, what did you do last summer, will he remember? And the year before? And the year before? If he says they all went on a picnic two years ago, will they remember it?" "It's --" "Because if he now has a life he remembers, if he's not back from the dead, then you've changed the continuity you said you didn't want to change. Those are your only options: he was brought back from the dead, and there's a grave, and people remember him dying --" "Mephisto changes THEIR memories too." "-- or he's effectively been alive as far as our characters know, so he's been alive all along, so either way as far as our characters are concerned, continuity's been violated going back to 1971. How do you explain that?" "It's magic, we don't have to explain it."

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    The Osbournes and Sandman

    by Steve Rogers

    Wasn't it established in SPIDER-MAN: CHAPTER ONE that they were actually related? Oh wait, that's right, that was a bullshit story that everyone involved with it was embarassed to have put out. Bit like One More Day, really...

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Simpler solution

    by coldpizza

    If it was such a problem having Peter Parker being married to Mary Jane couldn't they just have gotten a divorce? I mean the coolest thing about Spider-Man is how relatable he is and how his problems are so real world. Divorce. Boom. Done. Then Dr. Strange could do his mind wipe thing so no one knows his identity.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Joephisto, you seriously fucked up big time

    by SpyGuy

    When you reboot just your flagship character, one whose story intertwines with so many other characters, and not your entire comics universe, everything becomes royally screwed up. And when you say that everything somehow still happened but nobody remembers it or even wonders why they can't remember, that's just bullshit storytelling right there. <p>After reading AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546, it still doesn't make any sense why Quesada ordered the reboot. Yes, Peter's back in a situation similar to where he used to be in 1985, but the thing is, I ALREADY READ those stories in 1985. For all the hoopla, "Brand New Day" is just a rehash of old story ideas dressed up in modern art with a few different character names. And to make matters worse, Peter doesn't even appear as Spider-Man in #546, which is just an insanely brilliant way to bring in those mythical "new readers" looking to read Spider-Man.</p> <p>I'm dropping the series. When Mephisto returns and "magics" everything back to the way it was prior to "One More Day," let me know, but until then I'll be reading GREEN LANTERN and BOOSTER GOLD instead.</p>

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Poor Dan Slott

    by bluebottle

    He must be dying inside.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    God I feel so sore.

    by Reelheed

    They best come up with a pretty swift undo for this reset. Seriously. I'm not picking up spidey until theres a front page showing spidey unmasked, hugging MJ ,over a dead aunt may by Harrys grave, behind which lurks a smirking JJJ and a banner that reads "everyone that fucking matters remembers!"

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Sorry guys

    by Merlox

    but OMD was such a shitty story. It spit upon pretty much everything I've loved about spider-man. Dan...I don't care how good you are or how pretty McNiven draws, Marvel one see one scent of my fucking money go towards anything Spider-man related from now on.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Sorry guys

    by Merlox

    but OMD was such a shitty story. It spit upon pretty much everything I've loved about spider-man. Dan...I don't care how good you are or how pretty McNiven draws, Marvel won't see one scent of my fucking money go towards anything Spider-man related from now on.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    petiton to bring back regular spider-man !

    by The Wang

    hey guys, you think we should start some sort of petiton to bring back spider-man the way it should be and undo this fucking stupid cop-out !? e-mail me if you agree or mention it on here !

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    F Joe Quesada

    by The+Hitman

    Can I get my money back from the last few years seeing as how none of it ever happened? I didn't always agree with what JMS was doing with the character, but he did it VERY WELL. This asinine twist completely undercuts the "power" of the unmasking and about 30 years of continuity, all because Joe Q. hated MJ. Thanks for dumping on the fans because you didn't want Peter to grow up. BTW: I love May so much I'm going to sacrifice my happinesss so that old woman can live a few years longer, she means so much to me, I only have her in THREE FRIGGIN' PANELS then I'm off to Harry Osborne's party. RE-TARD-DED!!!! Make mine DC!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Shoulda just killed Aunt May and moved forward...

    by Monkey_King

    More revisionist bullshit. First THE ULTIMATES now this drivel. Enough already! BTW Samuel Jackson will ruin future MARVEL films....

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Two words

    by ironic_name

    clone saga

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    WTF!?!?!?!?

    by hillingdon

    Seriously after reading this bullshit I give up... The whole "it's magic" excuse is crap!!!! Also Ambush Bug - You flopped hard, I'm expected better from you, I wanna see better with Joe Q as he's the bastard responsible for this mess!!!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Oh...and that Iron Man explanation Dan?

    by Merlox

    Is FUCKING DUMB! When iron man erased the memory that he was iron man he didn't go back to 1983 with a fucking time machine and do it! Those stories still happened and HE REMEMBERS THEM. They stopped knowing he was Iron Man from that moment on. With Joephisto's deal, YEARS of Spider-man have been changed. If the marriage never happened then there are a shitload of stories THAT NEVER HAPPENED. Your explanation is fucking stupid and you should know it. If you really want to defend this shitty status quo than find a better defense dammit.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    So, how does this make sense:

    by raw_bean

    Peter Parker know's that he's Spider-Man, obviously.<p>Peter Parker knows that he unmasked in front of the world in Civil War.<p>Mephisto made it so no-one can quite remember who was underneath Spider-Man's mask when that happened, but:<p>Peter Parker has no memory of Mephisto's involvement.<p>So isn't Peter ENORMOUSLY confused why no-one else seems to remember that it was him? In fact, shouldn't he still be of the belief that the whole world knows?

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Money talks.

    by FlightDoc

    Thank you for contacting MARVEL's Customer Service Department. Your message was received at 10:52 AM on 1/11/2008 and has been assigned to a customer care representative. We will reply to you in the order your email was received. You do not need to reply to this e-mail. You contacted MARVEL about: Cancel subscription. Your Account Number: xxxxxxxx You said: Please cancel my subscription to "Amazing Spider-Man." As a long time fan Brand New Day and its content are of no interest to me. Did you know that you can now manage many of your subscription needs online? Change your address, renew, pay your bill, find answers to frequently asked questions, or send a gift subscription through our online subscriber service center. Visit MARVEL . Thanks for contacting MARVEL. Sincerely, MARVEL

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Whenever I read one of these pro Interviews

    by C.K. Lamoo

    It sounds like the pro has taken eight hits of speed so they can be unrelentingly optimistic , supremely confident and 100 percent immune to any intrusion of reality.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Really Dan.... you think that huh?

    by WhatsANubian

    "DS: ... As great as the movies are, we can do things in comics and this medium—especially this thrice-monthly format—that movies can't!" Apparently not because the difference between the movies and comic Spidey is what now? Both are losers, both are single, both spin a web any size. You had a chance to tell interesting tales with a married Spidey showing growth and maturity but screw that let's all jump in the way back machine and head back to the mid 70's for loser Parker(but updated with some new hip lingo). Keep drinking the Kool Aid Mighty Marvel Staffers I'm sure this change to Spidey and the marriage will turn out MUCH better than the Clone Saga or Chapter One by Byrne did. Third try is the charm right? Be sure to watch your back Dan, when (not if) this fails someone is going to be thrown under the bus. Joe Q won't take the heat, he'll deflect it to you and the others for BND.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    FlightDoc

    by Shigeru

    Bravo, sir.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, noon CST

    As the great Steve Langford put it:

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    "THIS IS BULLSH!T!"

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Marvel...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    But don't screw us and then LIE to our faces about doing it. This interview was like listening to Clinton berate US for thinking he'd gotten oral sex.<p>Dan Slott and Steve Wacker are nothing more than used-crap salesmen trying hawk what they KNOW is garbage to what they hope are the-continually-ignorant comic book masses.<p>Consider yourselves FIRED, guys. When you stop selling out for an easy buck and ruining the medium you claim to love, maybe THEN I'll start buying your stuff. Until then, you're nothing more than $5 comic whores with some REALLY nasty-looking sores.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    What's Wrong Here?

    by Buzz Maverik

    First, where's the artist? It says a lot about the state of comics, the state of the industry, when the artist is considered incidental to the creative process, especially at Marvel. Marvel was always artist driven (even though the writer took most of the credit). Now, it's editor driven and the artist just draws. Artist is only above letterer on the creative scale.<p>I like a lot of things about Slott. He's positive about comics, he respects the work of others, past and present. But his logic is a little faulty on tools like mindwipes, etc.<p>You might use such a comic bookish story device on a single issue, story, storyline or in a specific book as he sighted, but not on almost 40 years worth of stories (yes, I think this affects more stories and creators than we know). Plus, if you like JMS, Romita Jr., Roger Stern, Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Al Milgrom, Bill Mantlo, Len Wein, Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and Gil Kane...well, too bad for you.<p>JMS was right. Good fantasy has rules. That's one earmark between good fantasy and bad fantasy.<P>"And now, Gollum, I shall put on the ring and you'll be a simple Hobbit again and I'll be dating an elf maiden and Sauron will be a nice guy and..."

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Brand New Day

    by Rogue4

    I'm afraid we asked for this crap. We asked for it with all the endless slobbering praise for "Ultimate Spider-Man" and our endless slobbering appraisal of the "Ultimate" concept as some reinvention of the friggin wheel. Now don't mistake me. I think "Ultimate Spider-man" is and has been a consistantly well written and well drawn book. And I don't object to the "Ultimate" concept as some rabid old school fanboy who holds the original continuity as sacred and beyond reproach. Rather, I simply see through to the irony of "Ultimate Spider-man". For what is supposed to be this fresh and inventive break from established continuity, all that results is another *version* of the death of Ben Parker, another *version* of the Peter/Norman/Harry conflict, another version of the death of Gwen Stacy, another version of Venom/Carnage/Doc Ock/Clone saga etc. So this book really amounts to no more than a well executed rehash and recycling of the established continuity's status quo. And there is certainly nothing fresh or inventive to the magic wand clean-slate continuity gimmick of the "Ultimate" concept. It had been done many times before and with mostly lackluster results ("Heroes Reborn" John Byrne's Spider-Man run). So we get one good book with USM and before the ink even dries on issue #2 every fanboy and his dog is shouting "Lets Ultimatize the whole Marvel U!" Slow down. Its not the "Ultimatizing" that makes "Ultimate Spider-man" a good book. USM was hot for the same reason "Powers" was hot. For the same reason as Kevin Smith's "Daredevil" and "Green Arrow". For the same reason as "Midnight Nation" and "Rising Stars". SOLID STORYTELLING and SOLID ARTWORK. I say all of this because its obvious that this "Brand New Day" debacle is just a thinly veiled attempt to turn "Amazing Spider-Man" into "Ultimate Spider-Man. When as far as I'm concered,J. Michael Straczynski's work in ASM (when he was on his game)was far and away better than anything in USM to date. I really got into the whole mystical/totems angle. The opening Morlun storyarc was more pontent and gripping than anything in USM to date. But more than the execution of JMS's storytelling was the pandora's box of potential that it opened up. New questions, new villians,new abilities, new storyarc directions. Whether the mystical/totem arc was your cup of tea or not you have to at the very least respect it for being a genuinely fresh and inventive attempt to PROGRESS and EVOLVE the Spidey mythos. At the conclusion of the "The Other" storyline, I was excitedly anticipating the new stories that would result. How Peter would use these new abilities and perhaps discover more. What would the ominously foreshadowed consequence be? What new threats would confront him? What came out of that other cocoon? All this potential thrown away, and for what? To take a giant step backwards!? And to accomplish this Joe Q employs the equivalent of the LAMEST, COMPLACENT HACK plot device in all of storydom. Say it with me now-"...suddenly he woke up and it was all just a dream." When do us readers get to wake up from this crap? Think I'll do so now. And I emplore all of you to do likewise. This garbage can't be rewarded.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    It seems to be a Marvel mandate these days

    by C.K. Lamoo

    That when you launch a big new storyline you're obligated to off a regular supporting character, just so you can sneak him back a few months later.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Brand Name Day...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...sounds over.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    JMS' Incredible run. gone.

    by messi

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. fuck. everything i read from the mid 90's when i staretd reading comic to now is gone. we need an infinite crisis to redo it. Rip Hunter, Supernova and Booster Gold to undo the Mephisto shit.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    raw_bean

    by Jinxo

    Peter doesn't remember any of it. Despite the comparison to the other stories where characters/the general public got amnesia about past events, in this case the past was actually altered so that things like Peter unmasking literally never happened. Since it now never happened, Peter has no memory of it. Comparing it to stories involving enduced amnesia might be a better way to soft soap the issue and sell it to people but it's also totally inaccurate. I wonder if maybe the new creative have convinced themseleves it's just amnesia to make it palatable to themselves. But it isn't. Aunt May is healed, Harry is alive. Sh*t changed. It's more than a mind wipe.<br><br> In defense of the review, it was an interview about BND, not OMD. And, really, these guys had no part in OMD. They're just the guys the whole mess was handed off to. That said, not sure I'd have taken that hand off.<br><br> Reminds me of the story of when NBC floated an offer to David Letterman to take over from Jay Leno when Leno didn't take off great right away. Someone pointed out to Letterman, "You wanted to take over Carson's The Tonight Show. That's gone. What you're being offered is just damaged goods." Everyone wants to work on Amazing Spider-Man. But they really wanted the Amazing Spider-Man with history of great stories told by great artists and writers. That's gone. It's dead. They were offered damaged goods. And they took it. We don't have to take it. I'm out.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    raw_bean

    by Jinxo

    Peter doesn't remember any of it. Despite the comparison to the other stories where characters/the general public got amnesia about past events, in this case the past was actually altered so that things like Peter unmasking literally never happened. Since it now never happened, Peter has no memory of it. Comparing it to stories involving enduced amnesia might be a better way to soft soap the issue and sell it to people but it's also totally inaccurate. I wonder if maybe the new creative have convinced themseleves it's just amnesia to make it palatable to themselves. But it isn't. Aunt May is healed, Harry is alive. Sh*t changed. It's more than a mind wipe.<br><br> In defense of the review, it was an interview about BND, not OMD. And, really, these guys had no part in OMD. They're just the guys the whole mess was handed off to. That said, not sure I'd have taken that hand off.<br><br> Reminds me of the story of when NBC floated an offer to David Letterman to take over from Jay Leno when Leno didn't take off great right away. Someone pointed out to Letterman, "You wanted to take over Carson's The Tonight Show. That's gone. What you're being offered is just damaged goods." Everyone wants to work on Amazing Spider-Man. But they really wanted the Amazing Spider-Man with history of great stories told by great artists and writers. That's gone. It's dead. They were offered damaged goods. And they took it. We don't have to take it. I'm out.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    For those wondering about Jameson...

    by dr_john_zoidberg

    **SPOILERS** In the shitty god awful new ASM #546, the "reboot" issue for Brand New Fucking Day, the last panels of the comic have Peter yelling at Jameson, demanding he pay him all the back money he owes him. Pete yells at Jameson so hard, he has a heart attack. Yawn. **END SPOILERS** They're fucking this comic worse than a Uwe Boll property.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Actually, the unmasking DID happen...

    by dr_john_zoidberg

    I've read it. According the ASM #546, the Spidey/Civil War unmasking happened, but "No one seems to remember who was under the mask". REALLY??? All those news crews and photographers and people just "forget"? Apparently "people" are too fucking lazy to go "Hey, remember whn Spiderman unmasked? I can't seem to remember who it was, so why don't we GO WATCH THE FUCKING PRESS CONFERENCE." Marvel, listen to me very carefully, not only have you last a 26 year Marvel comic reading Veteran, but you just lost my Father, who got me into them, who has been reading your shit since day 1, AF#15. He's fucking done with your shit, too. As for MY future kids, they'll never know Marvel existed. Have fun turning your company into an empty lot.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Joe Q's Big Misconception

    by Jinxo

    So Joe Q's big pitch is to return Spider-Man to the iconic Spider-Man, to the original "hook" of the character that made him popular: the young, down on his luck loner guy.<br><br> The problem is... he's wrong. Those traits are actually an outgrowth of the hook Stan Lee used that actually made Spider-Man different, relatable and popular. At the time Spidey was created superheroes had perfect lives. Stan created characters that lived in the real world, had real problems and who everything did not go right for. THAT was the hook. Peter Parker was a real guy in the real world with real problems. For drama's sake Peter got extra helpings of real world problems. That's probably also why Stan Lee went with not keep Peter a teen for forever. Real people, real world. Real people do grow up, they go to college, they get married. And they do make mistakes. Peter often makes bad decisions but not becuase he's an idiot. He makes mistakes because real people make mistakes. It's not an inherent character trait that can be pulled out to explain insane decisions.<br><br> Peter's true hook was (WAS) a real guy who grew, learned from his mistakes and evolved as a person. OMD did not return his true "hook", it robbed him of it on multiple levels: that the current Peter would be dumb enough to make such a deal, that his history and growth was taken from him... Having someone die because of your mistake? That's literally definitive Spider-Man and real world. Making a deal with a mystical demon to change history? That's not Spider-Man at all and that's not real world.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Tempation

    by iGore

    How many people will really be able to resist buying the new ASM books? I just don't see enough people being able to refuse to by ASM to offset all the readers who are interested in this new, horrid direction. I just don't think Marvel will take enough of a hit in the sales to change course for many, many years.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    RE:Actually, the unmasking DID happen...

    by Jinxo

    Well, wow, that's even more idiotic. So Mephisto is already going in and rewriting Spider-Man's past anyway. But instead of rewriting the marriage AND the unmasking he instead rewrites the marriage away and then just blurs memories of the unmasking?!?!? That's stupid! Especially because, technically speaking, getting rid of the marriage should instantly zap the unmasking. The unmasking was an outgrowth of Peter opening up and trusting people, letting them in. He let MJ in, then May found out he was Spider-Man, so then he trusts Stark when he says to open up to the world. If he stays removed from MJ and Aunt May never finds out then there is no foundation to build on for him to be trusting enough in Stark to unmask!!!!<br><br> Wow. Just when I thought I'd hit the bottom level of crap, bam, there's a whole new layer.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Insulting

    by Drummerboy

    One of the problems I see is that the response to the worries over the fact that continuity is messed up is just so insulting. It is all the whole "Oh, you comic buyers are all a bit stupid buy our snakeoil and believe us when we say it is all fine" when it is obviously and quite blatently not.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Yup, not a mind-wipe...

    by stones_throw

    If all it is is a mind-wipe what happened to the photos of Peter Parker's face on the front page of all the newspapers and played on a loop on CNN as CIVIL WAR told us? If Pete never married MJ how can it all still be valid? Don't even get me started on how fucking stupid it is that some Silver Surfer villain wants the Parkers' marriage but not their actual relationship...

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Still not buying this shit

    by reflecto

    I love the writers but One More Day is unacceptable crap.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    No temptation at all.

    by FlightDoc

    No temptation at all. This was the hero that got me into comics as a kid and lured me back as an adult. Peter Parker was the character. Spider-Man was the job. Once you invalidate all of Peter’s interpersonal relationships, decisions, and their consequences from over the last 20 years there is scarcely anything left of the core product but another guy in a recognizable red and blue suit. I’m sure it will sell well. A product as valuable as this is not handled in such a way unless their focus groups and market research insured Marvel it would do well. I keep thinking about that line in the OMD where Mephisto says that a small part of Peter’s soul will forever remember and be in anguish. I think that small part of the soul is just us, the small part of the readership that Marvel knew it would sacrifice to make the change but did so to cash in on the bigger payday.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I didn't think I could lose this much respect for Slott…

    by The Heathen

    but I have.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I'm just offended...

    by Mal Carne

    ...by the implication that a) being married is somehow less interesting than being single (trust me, it isn't) and b) that MJ was somehow a lousy character for Peter (which of course accounts for the miserable failure of Spider Man loves Mary Jane).<p> But then again, with the Civil War, Marvel Universe has become such an utterly wretched place that I've got no interest at all in reading Marvel books.<p> I think my kid will like DC, though. At least there the company understands what makes these characters special. Marvel has become trash.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Is Amazing Spider-Man set in current day or in the past?

    by jlowry71

    I'm confused by all this... from all indications the aftermath of Civil War is still there in the Marvel Universe, so if Spider-Man's identity has been erased to the world by Mephisto (and how Dr. Strange would not sense this I do not know) where is Spider-Man in regards to Civil War? Has he registered or is he (still despite Mephisto's shenanigans) an outlaw wanted for not registering his secret identity with the government? This makes no sense!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 9:48 p.m. CST

    JOE QUESADA IS MENTALLY DISTURBED! WILL SOMEONE HELP HIM!

    by jericho1368

    I think what the real issue here is not that 'fans' are angry Spidey and MJ are no longer married, it's that Joe Quesada has been angry for 20 years... that they were. Get that folks, Twenty years... TWEEEEEEEEEEENNNTY YEEEEEEEEARS You think people have been mad during the last few days? Picture that times 20 years. (That's a fuckin' LOOOONG time) In the past twenty years, America has lived through the Gulf War, 9/11, the Iraq war and Leonardo DiCapro's 'I'm KING OF THE WORLD' Titanic -- and we all know how that ended... During all that fuckin' time, all Joe Quesada could think was... 'Damn, Spidey's married now.' 'It's sucks, damn it! It SUCKS!' It's all he could talk about, at conventions, in the toilet, shitting... 'I cannot fucking BELIEEEEEEEEEVE Spidey's married' In bed next to his wife 'No... no...! NOOOOOO! Whoa baby, sorry, had this nightmare... Spidey was married!' He has been hating. He has been waiting. He will have his revenge. He will get that marriage, even if he has to eat it and shit it out of his ass, Spidey's marriage is his...!' And it is. Both Joe Q and Mephisto the devil now have Spidey's marriage. Twenty years in the making, folks. It's a long time to be bitter about a comic book, Joe. And people say fanboys are nuts? Someone get Joey a mirror? He screams unhealthy. He's been eating a lot during the last twenty years but they've been a few french fries short in the happy meals. Bad Peter! Don't marry that supermodel! No one will be able to relate! No one will buy your comics! No one will buy your toys and most of all, NO ONE will see your movies. 'Now GO! Wait -- Ahoy, Matey! Iceberg, straight ahead!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10 p.m. CST

    CRAP CRAP CRAP

    by abysstare

    The argument that a married Peter Parker is less interesting is ridiculous. A good writer can make ANY situation interesting, and a bad writer can't. The end. Stop blaming the marriage. Blame the crappy writers who can't make it interesting. The argument that Peter has lost his supporting cast is ridiculous. A good writer will create new, interesting characters that we care about and who will become part of the supporting cast. Flash Thompson COULD be a very interesting character if he was handled well, but he's not. Harry Thompson will just be a rehash. Make new friends, new enemies, and make them as important and interesting as the old ones. It can be done, and a good writer can do it. There was NO reason to go this route. If you must undo the marriage, have Peter get a divorce. Why is that SO terrible?! People who get divorced can't be heroes?! WTF! One of the previous talkbackers was right. The allure of Peter Parker was that the things that happened to him and his friends were things that happened in the real world. Successes and failures. If Aunt May had died, Peter would have learned that his actions have consequences. That's the real world. Not this B.S.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Oh, and about this "interview"

    by abysstare

    This interview was so weak it's beyond words. I hope they do better with Joe Q... check out his interview on Howard Stern... you should hear how desperate he sounded... you could hear it in his voice. And he should be desperate... he should fear for his job right now. And screw any of you who continue to buy this book. It's time fandom shows Marvel and Joe Q who they REALLY answer to-- the fans. The condescension regarding fans objections and concerns in regard to this storyline is palpable.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Just here to say...

    by Redbox

    Comic Interviewing Dude? You suck. You act like everyone else in plugsville and you suck these guys balls like a Larry King interview. Get some credibility or at least start kissing bigger ass. You can interview much bigger cultural icons then comic writers if you're willing to really to kneel down and flick your tongue a lot. We believe in you, come on, show us how low you can go! Cheers!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    "Aunt May knowing Peter is Spider-Man is an "ultimate" thing."

    by abysstare

    Is that so? Because last I checked, that happened in Amazing FIRST. I feel like vomiting. I told my friend when Spidey unmasked that they would just undo it later, and look at that, I was right! And they'll probably undo THIS garbage as well eventually. The problem is that fewer and fewer people are going to be left as fans to actually *care.* Keep screwing your readership Marvel... keep your characters behaving in inconsistent ways that violate all the things we loved about them... good luck with that. I stopped collecting years ago largely in part because of all this b.s. "Event" storylines, multiple covers, etc. etc. It's all promotional garbage that demeans the reader.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    I can RELATE

    by Rufferto

    To this new Peter. He'll have hot steamy romances and the single life with parties and booze and maybe an orgy later on with hot babes! Totally worth it! Bring back that whore Gwen too please! That will be funny having her date Norman! Hahaha. Might as well go all out.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Hey here's an idea...!

    by abysstare

    What if Mary Jane had cheated on Peter because she felt inconsequential in comparison to her always doing the right thing husband, and then after trying to work it out, they find that they can't, and get divorced. Oh no, wait, we can't have cheating and divorce dealt with in SPIDER-MAN! Heaven forbid! We can do death and drugs but god forbid we have Spidey dealing with real-life issues like infidelity and divorce. Because you know, then a writer might actually have something to WRITE about!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Oh, and ANOTHER thing

    by abysstare

    Isn't it time Peter got a real f*#king job?!? or can we not make that interesting either? How about someone wrestling with what kind of career they should have?!? Does Peter feel guilt for not making it as a scientist? Does science even interest him anymore? Does he still enjoy the photography? Who knows! Nobody really deals with any of this stuff...

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Here's Another Idea!

    by LaserPants

    MJ gets shot and killed and we see Peter dealing with that pain, and mourning, and slowly putting his shattered life together afterwards. No corny ass deus ex machina faustian retcon, no bullshit, no reboot. But as many have mentioned, that would require someone with the ability to write engaging, thoughtful, cool stories.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    ONE last thing...

    by abysstare

    For anyone at Marvel who thinks, well comics are for kids, so we can't deal with topics like divorce-- Are you JOKING?!?.. how much of your readership is made up of kids whose parents ARE divorced! You would actually have an opportunity to HELP kids understand what something like that is like for their parents, as well as help them to deal with it in their own lives. So again, by dealing with adult, real-world topics in a dramatic way, you can not only send a POSITIVE message out there if you so choose, you also make your characters MORE relatible, even to kids. Seriously, we love the super-stuff too, but this is just shitty story-telling plain and simple. Pathetic.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Okay, THIS is the last thing... lol

    by abysstare

    How about WE interview Joe Q? You up for it Joe? Because I think the fans could do a better job. I know I could. I would like to hear one Marvel staffer risk his paycheck, and stick his goddamn neck out, and say, "I think the story was a mistake, and I don't agree with the choices editorial made." So far, the only one with the guts is JMS because he's now OFF the book! How about someone else be honest instead of everyone being Joe Q's bitches. Oh, and if you @ssholes are so irreverent, how about you actually get some REAL answers out of Joe. Make him explain the inconsistencies this has created instead of accepting the whole "just wait and see, we've got it all figured out" repsonse. (Which really means, "we're hoping you all forget these questions, or that we can stall long enough to figure out the answers ourselves.") I CALL BULLSHIT!

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Despite all the rage, it'll still sell a bazillion copies

    by TallBoy66

    Maybe not a bazillion as a real number, but ASM will be a Top 10 book for sure and it'll stay there for awhile as thrice monthly.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Guys, I stopped reading comics years ago...

    by thecomedian

    And even I can see where this is going. Joe Q says he hates MJ even though Mary Jane Loves Spiderman is one of the hallmark outside of the box titles of the past decade. Apparently he hates her so much that they're bringing her back as a rookie costumed hero named "Jackpot"who's going to be a pain in the ass/love interest for Spiderman. So basically it's bullshit. Peter and Mary Jane will fall in love all over again, eventually remember everything and it will be all back to the status quo. We all knew the deus ex machina was the only way they were going to undo the unmasking which most of you hated when it happened. Everyone was saying "this is what's wrong with comics. Why can't Spiderman just be Spiderman again." And this is what you get. Mary Jane as a superhero. Which means the character whose actually getting the shaft here is The Black Cat. This is apparently also happening in the Ultimate line with Mary Jane as Firestar. Sounds interesting, perhaps a bit misguided but nothing to roam the countryside with torches searching for the Joe Q monster. That honor would go to Loeb's upcoming Red Hulk book. THAT LOOKS LIKE COMPLETE ASS. "Duuuh, I know, let's make the hulk concept so simple a monkey with downe syndrome can understand it." FORGET ABOUT THE CLONE SAGA OR TURNING TONY STARK INTO A TEENAGER. THE RED HULK IS THE MOST ASSININE IDEA, EVER. PERIOD."

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Kids Don't Read Comics

    by LaserPants

    I like the idea of dealing with divorce to help kids deal with the very real threat of divorce in their lives. BUT, the sad fact is that kids don't read comics anymore. Kids don't read anymore, period. They play video games, watch movies, and take copious amount of attention deficit and mood disorder pharmaceuticals. 90% of comics readership fall within the 18-35 demographic. Ergo, theres all kinds of adult issues that comics can and should explore -- seeing as how the lions share of the readership are adults anyway, whats the point of soft-peddling it? So, having Peter deal with the death of his wife or deeply irritating crusty old aunt who should have been killed off years ago in an emotionally mature manner would be perfect. But, alas, we're stuck with the deeply creepy and deeply stupid Joey Q, so forget about anything that satisfying ever happening.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Thank you to all of you who thinks this is crap.....

    by BetaRayBill07

    Based on the characters (Peter, MJ, May) and the way they have grown and developed over years and years, someone is going to tell me that NOT either Peter or MJ would have said "Gee, I really don't think Aunt May would approve of THE DEVIL fucking with our lives like this!"? Aunt May was so old she was a waitress at The Last Supper for crying out loud. It was time dammit-someone had the stones to change Captain America but not Spidey's life?? Not sure I could be more disappointed at this point.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Thank you to all of you who thinks this is crap.....

    by BetaRayBill07

    Based on the characters (Peter, MJ, May) and the way they have grown and developed over years and years, someone is going to tell me that NOT either Peter or MJ would have said "Gee, I really don't think Aunt May would approve of THE DEVIL fucking with our lives like this!"? Aunt May was so old she was a waitress at The Last Supper for crying out loud. It was time dammit-someone had the stones to change Captain America but not Spidey's life?? Not sure I could be more disappointed at this point.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    thecomedian brings up Hulk.....(SPOILERS?)

    by BetaRayBill07

    Yeah dude spot on. I said to myself "Aww man he's the Hulk? Gee, thats really creative." Bucky/Winter Soldier as the new Cap is one thing, but this?????

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    STEVE LANGFORD HAS A HUGE PENIS....

    by FiendishMilt37

    Rectal itch.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Universal loathing…

    by The Heathen

    Bravo internets. <br> <br> You know, they could have fixed Spider-Man without all this magic bullshit if they had only slowed down. Just taken a step back, maybe even a month off and started fixing things in normal continuity. They should have had Dan Slott as the writer before this (so I could have enjoyed his writings on Spidey like I've been waiting to do, not now though) and ideally Quesada would not interfere either. Of course noe of that happened and you had, Spider Totems, Gwen Babies, New Avengers, House of M, The Other, Civil War ("his unmasking will provide YEARS of stories!!!" more like one year where you don't even deal with it because it was fucking retarded to begin with), Back in Black (which wasn't because it tied into the movie -FUCK YOU Q) and then this OMD and BND combo mega kraka-BOOOOM!!!! cluster fuck of idiocy (which of course is going to lead to years of stories like how MJ and Pete didn't get married, how Harry isn't dead but he still hates Spidey even though his father is alive, etc.) FUCK YOU QUESADA. I've thought you were shit for years now and I really honestly hope this leads to you not working in your current job title. @$$holes, give him shit. He does it to us.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    could've, would've, should've..

    by firehawk_thexder

    I don't understand all the people hating on slott here and saying they are going to drop the book now.. All the crappy stuff was mandated and done before he came on - if you didn't like it you should have dropped the book 6 months ago. Slott's answers in the interview just show he is an easy going guy who wants to write fun stories - and even though all this stupid quesada crap was mandated he is willing to take it and be positive and work with it.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Oh, it was a "Mind-Wipe"...now it makes sense

    by twitchinmonkey

    So, let's see...they were married, but now nobody remembers it, so they're not married...sure...why not...so, using the same logic, Harry was dead, but nobody remembers it, so he's not dead?...thanks for clearing that up <p>Best line in the interview-<br>"Look, hardcore fans can figure this stuff out. They've got the skills. It's all a matter of taking off the blinders, putting on your No-Prize hat, and getting creative."<br>Translation- "Even we can't come up with remotely plausible explaination for some of this shit, so could you guys do it for us?"

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    firehawk_thexder

    by Speedstream

    You can line up behind Slott, "Wack(er)-off" a Marvel Editor In Joke Joe Quesada at Aunt May's brand new soup kitchen job. You're an idiot. Run stories nothing, this is character abortion! Get your head on straight or get out.

  • Well, actually, I was. And I stopped buying Marvel comics altogether, as well as following news of them all that closely. So now I only hear about things when they get really big on the internet... and only the really awful stuff ever seems to. Mostly, I'm curious if there are still Marvel readers who think the powers that be over there *won't* be coming to massively trash their favorite character soon enough.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Haven't read a Marvel comic for years.

    by mrfan

    Garbage like this is the reason I quit. Just another nail in the coffin for them. The only good thing that they produce is the Essentials and Masterworks. Just wait. All of this will backfire. Marvel seems to have a nasty habit of doing that to themselves. Also, mark my words that there is no way they will be able to produce three Amazing Spider-Man's a month. Soon one will be late which will affect the other and so on and so on. The only reason I know about what is going on is from friends and the internet. Why do I care? Simply because I grew up with these fantastic characters and to see them gutted in such a waste. It is a crime. Surely Marvel could have come up with a better plan than this. Very tacky and pathetic Marvel.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    I only buy Daredevil

    by Rufferto

    from Marvel and I am a little scared about the possibilities but he might not be popular enough to ever be raped this badly! I just went to my comic shop today. That ASM issue doesn't seem to be selling that well there. There was plenty on the shelf and they still had a full box full too. I wouldn't be surprised if it did extremely well though. The House of bad ideas has been getting some press for this "significant event" just like they they bought with their other "significant events" like Captain America "dieing". By now Spider-man readers must be used to it and are gluttons for punishment or brain washed. Either or.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    How soon do sales figures come out?

    by Jinxo

    I am curious to find out how the "new" Spidey sells, almost at a remove from my anger about it. I'm really fascinated to see if there will be too much backlash. When I went to get my comics they seemed to have stacks of the book just sitting and not being sold too. Again, anger aside, Joe Q strikes me as the PT Barnum of comics. He's not all about building and maintaining story, he's about splashy headline making "happenings" to keep interest in comics high. And on that front he's done a good job. Seriously, on just a PR level it is impressive how much Marvel has been in the news for the past few years. Now all the things they were in the news for weren't all super great things. Part of the point. Generate that controversy. And in this case I think the readers were part of his controversy plan. On one level he wanted to retcon Spidey. On another he did want the fans angry so as to generate headlines. He f***ing said in an interview that the opening image of BND with Peter kissing another woman was designed to piss off fans! He wanted angry fans because a huge mass of angry fans equals headlines.<br><br> But I think he miscalculated. His normal plan seems to be do something controversial and upsetting, get headlines, convince the fans to stick with him and trust he's doing the right thing and then things calm down. Only this aint Civil War. This is such a much more hated change. He's pissed many fans off too much. I think many are beyond "bearing with him" on this one and are just walking away. It could be a huge tactical blunder. I so want sales figures to see if it is.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Should have started a Spider Pig series

    by mrfan

    That might have been the one thing that got me reading Marvel comics again. If it is good enough for Homer Simpson then it is good enough for me.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Jinxo RE: Sales

    by James Westfall

    We won't know how BND is doing vs. the fan boycott until sometime this spring. The first couple of months worth of BND were already ordered before the last part of OMD (which set people off with the passion of a thousand suns) had come out. Most retailers ordered high for BND not knowing Quesada's shitstorm would be this big.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Once upon a time...

    by mbe

    ...I loved comics. Marvel comics. I bought a lot of 'em, including the full X-line at its height in the '90s. And then one day I realized that it had been months since I picked up my comics at my local comics store, because I didn't care any more. Was this because I "grew up"? Nah. It was because the stories deteriorated. More and more in comics, no one is allowed to grow permanently. Characters can stay the same, get rebooted to a previous level of development, or become jerks, but they cannot grow and change in positive - or even distinctively negative - ways. I didn't *like* the characters in my comics any more. When I find a comic with characters I like, or when the comics characters I like are presented in interesting ways in other media (X-Men 2, Spider-Man 2), I gobble it up. I'm about to go watch my "Heroes" DVDs now. It's not that I am no longer drawn to comics-types stories - it's that the comics left me behind. Yes, yes, enough about me. The reason I'm blathering on about my boring life is that, sadly, while I find the developments in Spidey's life to be appalling, I see them as being a...natural outgrowth of the direction that Marvel has been headed in for quite some time. The reason that the Spidey mythos has been both enduring and updateable is that, as others have pointed out, the basic idea of the mythos is that of a smart-but-wimpy Everyman suddenly getting really cool powers and then having to figure out how to save the world while juggling a normal life. It's not inherently a story about a high school student, a college student, a scientist, a journalist, a husband, a single guy, a whatever...it's a story about a guy sharing the concerns of his readers, who just happens to be able to climb up walls. Any halfway decent writer should be able to use that to create interesting stories. Evidently, however, Joe Quesada is more interested in portraying his own wish-fulfillment fantasies on the pages of Spider-Man, and damn the fans who might feel otherwise. I wasn't buying the Spidey books before BND, so I can't pretend that I could make any difference as part of a boycott. But there's something very, very *wrong* about core Spider-Man continuity being reduced to ashes just for the sake of making him a swingin' single again. No Everyman has years of his life wiped out magically or has the consequences of past actions yanked away. Those involved can defend this all they want, but ye gods - if the clone storyline flopped miserably, how do they really expect this storyline to do well? I'm sorry, guys. This sucks.

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    It really is just a funnybook

    by Napoleon Park

    And the comic book medium is a valid art form. The 39 issues of Amazing Spider-Man (plus annuals) that Steve Ditko drew were classics. Some of the John Romita issues were good if you could deal with the fact that he was a romance comics artist. He resolved the running joke about Aunt May trying to set Peter up on a blind date by introducing Mary-Jane. He resolved the whole Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin story arcs. And it wasn't that bad that his Mary-Jane and Gwen were as identical as Betty and Veronica. But that's it, the Ditko stuff and the Romita stuff that tied up the loose ends from the Ditko issues. That's all the Spider-Man you ever need to read, those are the only issues that matter. Everything after that.. c'mon, the Shocker, The Melter, The Jackel? Not classic villains. The Kingpin? A guy who's a solid mass of muscle who actually works out and builds up his muscles so he looks fat in order to trick his enemies? The Punisher? a rip off of a popular paperback thriller series called The Executioner. At least in those days when they totally screwed up and gave Spidey six arms or a Spider-Mobile it only took a couple issues to resolve the problem. Or sure, it would be sweet if Spider-Man was one big long 5000 issue continued story. Except try telling new readers they have to get all the back issues or paperbacks to know what's going on.<p>Nope, sorry kids, that twenty years worth of stories you want to cling to, the comics you grew up with, were just crap to begin with. Just a corporation cranking our product featuring a character who had been interesting for a few years in the '60s. A big money company trying to keep their cash cow flagsnip title visable the way Disney tries occasionally to remind people about Mickey Mouse. <p>Instead of getting the rights to the real Black Cat, they just make up some lame shit "bad girl with crush on hero" junk based on Miller's Electra ripping off Eisner's rip-off of the Batman/Catwoman relationship. Giving Spidey a mentally controlled magic black costume was just Shooter's way of messing things up, trying to give Spidey a Flash-ring or that Twirly thing Lynda Carter did. MacFarlane wasn't a story teller, he just designed pin-up pages he could auction off. Third generation characters like VeMan and Homogollum just don't matter.<p>You didn't miss Spider-Man by being born too late, the Ditko issues have been reprinted plenty of times, just buy them and read them and don't worry about anything not written by Stan Lee. Oh sure, there were a few touching or entertaining or nicely drawn issues along the way, but they were just products churned out by a heartless corporation. Sure, you can pick up a comic and try to visit your old friend Spider-Man, but he's not there. It's just a slapped together story fragment and some pictures of Spidey. And that's if you can figure out which comic is "real" and which is a manga version or an alternate future about his daughter or an Ultimate version set in a different universe altogether. If a company can get away with publishing a bunch of comics about a character that don't fit into the characters continuity, why would you expect that they care if any of them do?

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    and they did it before

    by Napoleon Park

    Spider-Woman #50. Due to an altercation between Merlin and Morgan le Fey, everyone on Earth forgets Spiderwoman ever existed and she is consigned to a phantom zone like limbo. Except eventually The Avengers discovered they had records of having met a super-heroine that no one remembered meeting, snd they figured it out and brought her back.<p>I keep that comic in the trunk of my car because when I put it in the basement it keeps me up at night by sucking out loud.

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    The only solution now...

    by The Penultimate Gunslinger

    ... is to have Frog Thor come and beat up Mephisto, until he agrees to put everything back as it was. And then he can go to town on Quesada as well.

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    to the wang and all p.o.'d about OMD...

    by DuncanDisorderly

    I agree we need to organise a formal protest about OMD, BND and Joe Quesada's treatment of Spider-Man in general. I too have cancelled my subscription and here are a few more ideas for those whom wish to make their feelings known to Joe Q: 1.Cancel ALL subscriptions to Marvel ( not just ASM )and tell them it's because of Spider-Man. 2. Send back your torn up copy of ASM#545 with a covering letter explaining your actions. 3. Send wedding cards inviting Joe Quesada to the wedding of Peter Parker and MaryJane Watson and, please, send them as registered post or recorded delivery. This means that somebody will have to sign to receive them and if several thousand are sent this will soon cause a major headache! 4. The same method as number 3, just send invitations for the funeral of Peter Parker/Spider-Man instead! Just a few ideas folks; the campaign is in full swing, please lend your support and hopefully we can let Marvel know that we're not prepared to tolerate Joe Quesada's editorial mandates any longer. Thank you.

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    p.s....

    by DuncanDisorderly

    Please send all complaints to: Mr Joe Quesada Marvel Entertainment Inc. 417 5th Avenue New York NY 10016

  • those are some rocking ideas you had there for little protests to Marvel, a bit easier than my initial thought of flying to NYC and turning up at marvel with some home made Wolverine claws ! (Wolvie berserker style !) and beating seven bells of shit outta Joe "Jackass" Quesada ! what bugs the most is that it was JMS's stories that got me back into Marvel comics with a vengeance ! and now i just feel completely cheated outta years of stories i really hope the @ssholes rip him a new one on Monday, and if they don't, i think it's safe to say WE WILL ! DEATH TO "JACKASS" QUESADA !

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Speedstream

    by firehawk_thexder

    them's fighting words ..or at least I think they are.. actually I'm not sure I really understand at all what your post was trying to say. Why don't you tell me what you really think?

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    what i really think !

    by The Wang

    ok, here's what i really think ! i think OMD was a big pile of utter bullshit, and that this reboot is just another example of some of the crap that Marvel have been churning out for sometime now, i think it's safe to say this could be the begining of the end for spider-man's massive populairty, especially after the big piece of turd that was spider-man 3, i hope to god that "Jackass" Quesada will leave the x-men titles alone as they seem to be the only thing worth reading the Marvel 616 universe, personally i think the Ultimate universe is also a good bunch of stories so hopefully he won't fuck with that either.

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The end of Amazing Spider-man...

    by DuncanDisorderly

    ...will hopefully mean the end of Spider-man's biggest nemesis, Joe Quesada. Or maybe he's sold his soul to the Devil to ensure he gets his way over the whole OMD/BND fiasco... fuck, it's probably where he got the idea to begin with! On a more serious note, not living in the U.S., I was wondering if there had been any backlash from the Bible Belt regarding Peter's deal with Mephisto. Normally they're not slow in condemning these kind of stories, so has there been any response?

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Hey, Quesada, I'm out

    by eggrolls

    I just read the first issue of "Brand New Day"....and it's the same day I had back in 1973. This has to be the lamest re-boot in history. Now you expect us to buy this crap and worse, you insult us by trying to convince us it's a bold new idea. Want to show some balls, Joe? Wanna ramp it up a notch, Marvel? Kill May. Let Peter kill the Kingpin in retaliation. Now THAT would have ramifications! (And heck, if it failed, you could always do another not-a-re-boot, right? Instead, we are now obliged to this neutered, antiseptic 'happy go lucky' Peter, unburdened by the difficulties of job, family and responsibility on top of his superhero duties. Wheeee! Harry Osborne's alive again, just for shits and giggles, too! Look how cutting edge we are!!! Spider-man's fun again!!! Except...there's not a damn thing about this character I care about now. He's safe. He's got no real burdens anymore. Nothing he did for the last twenty years, nothing he does now, has ANY consequences. How fucking un-heroic. And how boring. I think I'll stop buying. I stuck with the Spider-Man titles through the black uniform stories. Through the clone stories. Through the 'Other' and the Spider-totem crap. I've been here a while, and I paid your paycheck. Through the years when the speculators made it necessary to buy 6 different editions of the same book to get a whole story, I was there. Through the bankruptcy, I was there. way to go, Quesada. You've finally written a Spider-man that I officially don't care about(and yes, we all know YOU are driving the plotline, regardless of who's given writing credit). Today I read a book that made less sense, and had less impact on me than all that previously mentioned dross combined. And you've done this why? To try and lure in an imaginary demographic of 12 year olds who you think will shell out 9 bucks every a month for this? As an adult reader, I can say with conviction, it's been YEARS since I've seen anybody less than college age shelling out for comic books. Sorry Joe. You've ruined it for me and everybody like me. If all the other grown ups who actually earn enough money to support this rather pricey hobby go the way I'm going, you've likely killed Marvel comics.

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Plot Holes

    by Ive Gone Plaid

    There are just too many unprofessional open plot holes in this whole Mephisto thing. I mean how can they say that continuity has not been changed. The Osbourne continuity is completely fucked up. What happened to Harry's little boy? What happen to his marriage to Liz? Are all of those great Roger Stern Hobgoblin stories invalidated where he kidnapped Harry's wife, etc? If no one knows Spiderman's identity, what about the now alive Norman Osbourne? Obviously the Gwen Stacy story happened so he must know Peter's identity. You mean to tell me that he has not told Harry in all this time?

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Red Hulk

    by Buzz Maverik

    What do you want to bet that Loeb or whomever read STAN LEE: THE RISE & FALL OF THE AMERICAN COMIC BOOK and came across the info that in the '70s, TV execs prepping the INCREDIBLE HULK show wanted to make him red instead of green because "red is the color of anger". Well, TV does know best. No less than Cheech and Chong spoofed this with the stoner buds visiting the set of The Mighty Wamba about a red Hulk-like character in CHEECH & CHONG'S NEXT MOVIE.

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Buzz Maverik's Free Retcon...

    by Buzz Maverik

    Written and drawn by Buzz Maverik!<p>Pete is reeling. Those little bubble things that aren't bubble appear over his head like Gil Kane used to draw.<p>PETE:Deal with the devil? I'm a scientist. I don't even believe in the devil. Extra-dimensional...Uncle Ben and Aunt May raised me better than that! My whole life as Spider-Man...more than I remember...has taught me more than that! And Mary Jane has always meant more to me than...anyone! I didn't make a deal with Mephisto!"<p>Villains lair. Suitably spooky like Gene Colan used to draw. One second, Pete's strapped to one of those virtual reality sets like Barry Windsor-Smith drew in his Weapon X stories, then...<p>The next, he breaks free. Nobody ever drew Spidey breaking free like Ross Andru!<p>PETE:"I don't believe any of this any more!"<p>FAUSTUS(off panel):"It seem's our little Spider has outgrown therapy, gentelmen..."<p>Pete, in Spidey togs minus the mask like Romita Sr. used to draw, faces...Dr. Faustus, Mastermind, Mindworm and Mysterio. FAUSTUS:"...I suggest we simply beat him to death!"

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Stupid Lack Of Edit Feature

    by Buzz Maverik

    It goes without saying, that I'm out to beat Bendis for the typo record.

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Guys, About The Interview...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...as has been stated a few times, Slott and the editor guy weren't involved in OMD. They didn't do it. They have the misfortune of being handed this garbage. And come on! What comic pro wouldn't take AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, even in this state?

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Slott's a marriage hater

    by James Westfall

    He's said that several times. And Quesada said Slott was involved in the planning of OMD. I'd give Wacker a pass if he wasn't an obnoxious prick but no way should Slott get one.

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Like Tom Hanks Shilling New Grand Canyon...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...in the Simpsons movie "because the government has run out of crediblity, they thought they'd borrow some of mine..." I suspect Quesada brought Slott in for his credibility.<p>Of course, even though I like Slott's writing, his work isn't so much the kind of story he's supposed to be writing as it is ABOUT that kind of story. Kinda like Alan Moore doing old SUPERMAN in SUPREME, with the irony toned down.<p>Still, if you see Slott, Hanks, or even me, for that matter, in person, please just leave us be.

  • Jan. 14, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST

    ok, having actually read it

    by firehawk_thexder

    brand new day left me decidedly underwhelmed.

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Hey, did anybody read...

    by Napoleon Park

    ...that Part Two of the OMD interview with Quesadilla that AICN told us we could expect to see on Monday?<p> Not me, and it's Tuesday. Maybe Joe's seen the reviews or read the Pt. One talk-back and backed out? Or maybe the interviewer read the talk-back and came at Joe too hardball and got the interview canceled? Or maybe I'm just impatient to see what happens.<p>Get that last part there, AICN PsTB? I'm not complaining or being sarcastic - this is the first topic at AICN that I've really been interested in since the last episode of Heroes. So, is part two coming or not? (Or will a two part interview take three years, like one of Quesadilla's six issue monthly mini-series?) <p> [Yes I know I got his name wrong, and no that's not meant to be racist. I like Quesadillas and tostadas and enchiladas and tamales and tacos and burittos. It's Joe Quesada's editorship I find unpalatable. I never even hated Shooter or DeFalco, but this guy...]

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    "Jackass" Quesada

    by The Wang

    Yea i've been looking for this interview with "Jackass" i was really hoping to find it yesterday, of course i wasn't exactly suprised when it didn't appear, i'm betting he backed out because he knows that if the interviewers don't give him a hard time we will. After all, i've not spoken to one Marvel fan who thought this direction was a good idea, and most of those people are calling for him to be fired (or worse !) maybe now Marvel will sit up and take notice and realise that EVERYONE hates this bullshit idea. and if they don't sit up and take notice now, they deffo will when they get their sales figures back. i for one will no longer be stocking ANY Spider-man books in my shop !

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    The whole thing is just sad

    by Firedrake

    I got a kick out of the boards over at Marvel, where their into serious damage control. Posts are disappearing faster than Parkers marriage. Even so, the response has been overwhelmingly against this direction. It seems Marvel is trying its best to save me money from comics I no longer have any desire to buy.

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Marvel'd Like To Retcon Out Most Of Us Fans

    by Buzz Maverik

    'Scuse me, former fans. Actually, I'm still a Fan. I'm just a Fan On Hold until better days. And we still have the old stuff.

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Ambush Bug, please post part II of the interview

    by TruPhan

    Inquiring minds want to know why Quesada hates Spider-Man.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    "On Monday, expect Part Two"

    by Napoleon Park

    "Be sure to tune back in on Monday for Part Two of the “Brand New Day” Interview with Marvel EIC Joe Quesada."<p>It's Thursday.<p>See, I thought they meant THIS Monday. My bad.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    It's Wednesday.

    by Napoleon Park

    It's been a busy week. Happy birthday to me.

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    CBR's still waiting for their last Quesada bit

    by James Westfall

    The one where he answers questions "from fans." LOL.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    God damn! I'm still so pissed off.

    by Reelheed

    This really is terrible. How do people come up with ideas like this do-over? "Lets just take all the creativity put into the comic and tear it into tiny bits and start again." I hope every ASM writer calls and complains because to be honest they've been shafted just as royaly as us fans.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Agreed Reelheed, and Westfall

    by TruPhan

    I hope that's true, because it'd be truly hilarious.

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