Brand New Day should have been all about a relaunching everyone could stomach...instead we got the final, definitive character-rape of an iconic figure who has been trerated with as much malice by his editors as Peter suffered at the hands of condescending Thompson-herded crowds.
And it was all because nobody knew what to do anymore with a Peter who had accomplished virtually everything sans the diaper-changing duties.
They had the solution during The Clone Saga, Ben Reily, but he became as much a victim of the unclear destination of the Saga and fan boycotting as Peter did. He was fine as Scarlet Spider, fans liked him as his own person, but he could'nt be presented as the "real" Peter Parker.
The Clone Saga gave Peter his happy ending, they did'nt need to make Ben his clone, he could've been someone else who was bitten by a Spider, a victim of random circumstances, that Peter would make his apprentice and train, and then relinquish the batton too.
And if not Ben, then why not someone else? Is it finally time to risk giving the coustume to someone else? We're preparing to embrace Bucky as Cap, but he's familiar. What about Kyle Rayner? Even Timm's Terry Mcguiness?
And with the Red Hulk spearheading Loeb's title...that's undeniable proof Marvel did'nt need to keep the same character around if all that is required is changing the face.
Granted, Kyle did'nt last, to many fans chagrin, but he lasted long enough to gain a fanbase and prove a generational heir can succeed in a role held by a "definitive version"
And let's not forget that Hal's turn to evil was considered as flawed as OMD. With the praise BND is getting is a parralel of Kyle's beggining as GL...you hated how we got here, but you like where we're at.
So is it time we took a risk again? Embrace the ideas that Cap and Hulk are taking with Spidey? I say yes