(This post is dedicated to all of those comic book fans who are single this Valentine's Day. If you're interested in a romance-themed blog, check out last week here.)
We interrupt this week's blog post (originally on writing) to bring you this update.
|Which reason do you like?|
In January, Joe Quesada was "promoted" from Chief Editor to "creative consultant."
Let's start with the "New Venom."
Venom, as I understand the character, was first a bit of biotechnology, created for Peter Parker when his original suit was trashed on an alien world. However, it was literally made for HIM. When he discovered that it was not only alive, but about to bond with him permanently, he got it the hell off of him. After several years of sitting in a jar in the Fantastic Four headquarters, the symbiotic suit developed an obsessive hatred for him. Along the way, the suit found someone else who hated Spider-Man, Eddie Brock. And the two set off to kill Spider-Man, repeatedly.
And then Thompson goes and gets his legs blown off. Okay....
But, no, we'll just put this mass murdering, psychotic creature onto a war hero, give him an arsenal, and we'll see how that turns out.
Are we sure that this is Venom? For all we know, this could be Deadpool "Back In Black" (see image on the left.)
And, for a moment, let's introduce a continuity problem.
One More Day made everyone forget who Spider-Man is, right? However: how do you do that with Venom? Venom, whose very concept is so tied to it knowing Peter Parker, it lived on him, in him, and even linked to his brain. Right now, this means that the US military should have a knowledge about Spider-Man. But "it's maaagggiicccc."
What else could go wrong?
Funny you should ask.
|And what's with the costumes? |
Are we shopping at the Apple Store
Yes, Spider-Man is now one of the Fantastic Four ...
Let us reflect upon this idea for a brief moment.
Five years of bad story lines, documented in November: Civil War, Back In Black, Siege, One More Day, Shadowlands, killing Captain America, and every other attempt to "event" their way to keep up with DC's Crisis of the Week.
Marvel has lost: writers J. Michael Straczynski and Joss Whedon, directors Jon Favreau and Sam Raimi.
Right now, I'm told there are a few, possible, saving graces in Marvel ...
Ed Brubaker, who writes Captain America, seems to have a fine grasp on the character, and has a strong fan base.
Brian Michael Benis, who writes Moon Knight, and practically all things Avengers, seems to be going well, but I've read his stuff: his heroes have some exposition that will bore the villains to death.
And there's Peter David, who practically owns X-Factor, and will write for any superhero. Seriously, any of them.
Now that Joe Q. is gone, we can be hopeful that the plots of the last five years will be shoved down the memory hole of Marvel's readers. As with the years of Spider-Man's "Clone Wars," they will be retconned into another universe; these are not the issue numbers you're looking for, move along ... though Lord help them as far as the Spider-Man musical goes. I've only heard one great, smashing review for it .... from radio talk show host Glenn Beck. I don't see that as a good sign.
Update: please note that this conclusion has been revised here.