Perhaps most sickening of all the many dubious aspects of Global Menace is the way in which Slott presents the bloody-handed Spider-Man as an entirely admirable human being fit to lead a superhero army in a “war” upon his enemies. “I have changed, but not that much.” muses the young-ish Mr Parker, congratulating himself on the thought that he wouldn’t have allowed the Sandman to be murdered. Well, torture’s only torture, isn’t it, and it was all in a good cause, whereas murder, it seems, would be the mark of a truly bad human being. If that beat of the story was designed to establish that Parker’s a self-denying moral imbecile, and I doubt it was, then it only raises the prospect of when he’s going to be tried and convicted for his crimes. Yet strangely enough, Slott seems convinced that Spider-Man remains not just one of the good guys’n'gals, but the guiding light of the costumed crimefighter’s community. For in a later scene in which Parker marshals the various heroes remaining on planet Earth., Slott has him appeal for the support of his longjohned fellows from the international community of super-people with the following example of self-righteous speechifying;
“I’m asking you to take a leap of faith. To stack my character up against (that of Doctor Octopus) and ask — “Who do you trust?”
How’s that for a super-person who’s quite forgotten all that hot-air about “great power” and “great responsibility”, and who seems to have utterly repressed the entirely compromising fact that he connived in the torture of the Sandman just a few moments before? (Perhaps he’s had his ego boosted and his conscience softened by the adoration of his partner-in-torture Silver Sable, who’s quick to declare “This man is a real hero.”) I’m sure that Uncle Ben would be proud of you, Peter, as would all those great Americans who, during times of terrible danger, rejected torture in any shape or form. After all, what could be more humane and American that the embracing of values and actions entirely inconsistent with, er, being either humane or American.