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BEBOP--"Roland = pinnacle of objectivity"
Point is that he didn't have to. He should have come in through his own motivation. For Rhodey, it was job preservation. For Bucky, it was redemption and honour. For Ben Reilly, it was his true legacy.
I still think Marvel is doing a piss-poor job of selling it to fans what makes Miles so special. And that's sad to me because the existing customer base IS the important base that talks about comics and spreads it around to other readers. They're the ones talking to the store owner/manager about the comics that the casual customer hears. They have a place in the marketing scheme whether or not Marvel likes it… and this seems to be turning some people off rather than getting them excited as it should be, sadly.
What I am against is the replacing of a character for the sake of just replacing one — especially with an iconic one that Marvel has to know will be criticized for race because this is the exact point in time they are being criticized for a weak outreach to another segment of the audience (Girls Comics) and their distinguished competition is busy promoting a "more diverse" version of their universe beginning this month.
This ain't gonna be the new Spider-Man. It's gonna be the hispanic Spidey. That's how people will identify him, just as Bill Foster was Black Goliath — the race will be integrated right in. Quesada could have used this opportunity to simply state "Yes, he's hispanic — but let's talk about Spider-Man and the need we felt for change." Instead, he says there's a need for change, and look at this new, ethnically diverse character they've introduced.
It disappoints me, but don't call it racism. That angers me most — the way people trigger race and hatred as code words when those things are completely different. (The killing of minority characters in Marvel, particularly Generation X, is another thing entirely.)
As for giving it a try, I may, but the odds are against it for reasons completely different than the character itself: I simply find Marvel made a fundamental error in the Ultimate universe that this just perpetuates.
Note that I ended my statement with a frown (), which doesn't indicate anger but sadness and/or disappointment. Again, it's all to do with the emoticons.
Or to put it another way: E-mail and Internet are the hardest to convey tone with. In the case of Marvel, it's becoming ever clear that Steven Wacker loves to HATE and RIDICULE those he converses with simply by the words, even though there may be different emotions actually behind them like bewilderment, sarcasm, confusion, etc. — we just don't know. Because it appears there's no time to think about how some of these words are going to be interpreted when there are other things to do (like edit comics, etc.).
Only takes a moment to be polite, you know. At least, that's a motto here in Canada.
It amazes me how many people around here can see into the future.
My real problem with the Ultimate universe is that, no matter how much they wanted to be a continuity-light universe — and Bendis did just that with two amazing series, Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up — The X-Men went to the crisis well too many times to give the impression of anything else but being on the run… and there are only so many threats to be on the run from before you get bored.
"Ultimatum" fixed in a way that was shocking and Earth-shaking, but that should have been the wake-up call to the other books to see what went wrong. Instead, Ultimate Fantastic Four led to Ultimate Enemy (blah), Ultimates 3's follow up was better but still weak, and nobody talked about Ultimate X anywhere.
Ultimate Spider-Man was the one book that was consistently strong, and using it to shake up the others doesn't really inspire me with confidence that the other books will improve because of this. Ultimate Spider-Man may be good — Bendis IS a good writer for interpersonal drama — but this isn't the solution that's gonna make me see Ultimate as being the interesting side attraction.
Especially when it's being used as a testing ground for 616. 616's motto goal is to retrench around the core and get what's working staying working — something I think Mr. Wacker and Mr. Slott are starting to do with Amazing a bit more often — and making radical changes because they're cool conflicts with that concept.