Monday, June 30, 2008

And you're dazed..


Read The Amazing Spider-Man #560-562 over the weekend.
These issues made up the last 2 parts of Dan Slott and Marcos Martin's 3-parter (featuring the new villain, Paper Doll) and the first chapter of Bob Gale and Mike McKone's swing at keeping Spidey interesting for a month.
These 2 arcs make up the first attention I've paid at all to Brand New Day.
I enjoyed Marcos Martin's art immensely and Dan Slott has a great handle on writing good Spidey dialogue, but ultimately it just felt like cotton candy.
You know, just fluff with no real substance.
And confusing fluff at that.
Mary Jane remembers they were together, but Pete doesn't?
She knows he's Spider-Man?
People remember Spidey being involved in Civil War, but not that he unmasked?
I mean, I get that we're not supposed to have all the answers yet, but I really don't understand what the point of all of this was.
At all.

7 comments:

Dylan said...

Why can't Marvel publish a solid Spidey comic? Is it that difficult? Is it the history? The setup? It's not the character, the character's solid (though the handling of said character as of late is spotty at best), so why can't they do it?

jason quinones said...

did any of you guys read spider-man:reign??

i just read the tpb this weekend as the weather was sauna like so i stayed in the ac reading comics.

i thought it was pretty cool for what it was. if anything i thought th art was great, which is why i picked it up in the first place.

Dylan said...

Jason, I didn't check it out. My opinion on Kaare Andrews is that he's a really good artist (depending on what style he's working in, which depends on the day of the month, the cycle of the moon and the barometric pressure, I think), but not so hot of a writer. Plus I had heard it was basically The Dark Knight Returns with Spider-Man, so I steered clear.

Is it really worth tracking down? Or is it "It'll do in a pinch" good?

jason quinones said...

honestly, it's "it'll do in a pinch" good because it is basically the dark knight returns...but with spider-man.

that's exactly why i didn't pick it up immediately myself because i've read that formula a bunch of times with batman and daredevil!

so it's like i said earlier..."it's pretty cool for what it is."

chrishaley said...

Dylan - I think some of these teams currently are producing solid work, it's just that it feels empty to me. Maybe that's not fair to Marvel, but it's how I feel.

chrishaley said...

Jason - I did end up reading Reign somewhat after the fact, and though I'd spurned it originally, I ended up really enjoying it. Especially the last half of the next to last issue and the last issue itself.

chrishaley said...

Dylan - It's one of those things I think you might really enjoy if you don't think about it being TDKR with Spider-Man.