Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The life and death and life of Peter Parker

I don't often write about Marvel comics (even though I read them), because they really don't need me promoting their product. However I felt strongly about the whole “Superior” Spider-Man thing, that well, I felt that I had to comment.

 Here are (some of) my thoughts on the matter.

Early in 2013 a tragedy of monumental proportions occurred. Peter Parker (the once and future Amazing Spider-Man) died. Well, technically, since he is only a fictional character, he was actually simply (once again) written out of his own series (the first time it happened, was back in 1994 – 1996 during the so-called Clone Saga). In issue #700 of Amazing Spider-Man (Cover dated March 2013) Peter Parker “died” and his long-time Nemesis, Doctor Otto Octavius (colloquially known as the supervillain Doc. Ock) somehow managed to swap his and Peter’s brain patterns so that the then dying Ock was not the hale and healthy Parker while the hero Peter’s brain patterns wound up in the diseased and dying body of Doc Ock. (Don’t ask how all of this was even possible, this is, after all, a comicbook.) Suffice it to say, that with issue #700 of Amazing, Peter was “Dead” and Ock was now “Superior” Spider-Man

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Told ya so!

Peter Parker, fully back in the spider's seat of his own mind, is returning to the pages of a relaunched Amazing Spider-Man #1 in April, by the creative team of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. The NY Daily News just officially confirmed the news that we now know was leaked Wednesday evening by the appearance online of a cover to an upcoming free preview book .
The series (and character's) return is no surprise to writer Dan Slott, who will continue his web of intrigue that he started in 2008 as part of the rotating writing team of the "Brand New Day" era of Spider-Man; he knew of Peter's return since before he killed him off in December 2012.
“To do that for a solid year of my life, that’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do — to look small children in the eye at a convention and lie to them," Slott told The Daily News. "Inside, part of me was dying." Slott did, however, on a set visit for Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, tell Andrew Garfield that Peter would be back in time for the film.
[Via Newsarama]