I liked the issue, I'll stick around and see where this goes.
I asked this over at BC but I'll ask it here too. So if Doc-Spidey sleeps with Mary Jane will that be considered rape? or will they use the "Chameleon Kissing" excuse after the fact?
Testament to the fact the hints have been there for ages if people were drawing similar conclusions during EotE.
I'm on the side that thinks Peter will return in another body and he will end up as SSM.
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So I guess Superior Spider-Man will be Ock and Pete's mind in one, thus making him superior.
For all the folks disappointed in the "reveal," just remember that what's important is the execution of the story. Sure, plenty of stories have been told about the hero and villain switching bodies, but what remains interesting is the way the tale is told and what that reveals about the hero and villain. We've had untold romance and death stories too, but they never get old or repetitive if they are told in an interesting way. What makes Spidey work for me is that its ultimately a character study about a kid who gets super powers and how he learns to become responsible. The stories are most interesting to me when they are character studies--and least interesting when they're just chock full o' fights and heroes and silliness. I thought MJ took away from the stories--it was detrimental to the character to have Pete married to an actress/model/hottie. I think having Pete work at Horizon is a mistake as well. He's just another Tony Stark in that world. To me, the biggest criticism I have with Slott's run is that too much of it has been either trivial or a means of larding up guest stars.
Dan's been at his best, imho, when he sticks to the characterizations of Pete and the quiet stories. His "should we do it" with Carlie was teriffic. A small, very believable exchange between two shy, imperfect characters. He nailed it. Ditto for the silent story with Marcos Martin--that was the best mainstream comic issue I've read in at least a decade. Horizon Labs, constant guest stars, all the silly super science, those are low points for me. They take away from what makes the character so awesome.
If Slott can use this twist to tell a Peter Parker story, to explore his life beyond Horizon and dating models, then he will have pulled off something special in my view. This could be the set up to a truly interesting arc, only time will tell. I have faith Slott can do it. He just needs to draw more from his own life and less from his comic book influences. I think if he is able to do that, he'll have written one of the finest Spidey arcs ever and will finally have his signature story.
I really am thinking this could get solved within the next two issues, but Peter may be in a completely different body. Which would explain the need for claws to climb walls and all that, as the new body wouldn't have powers, but knowing Peter that wouldn't stop him being Spidey.
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Doctor Octopus has hours left to live. He knows Peter Parkerís secret. He has no master planóall he wants is vengeance. Which members of Spider-Manís rogues gallery will heed Ockís call to arms?
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Not to be immature, but as huge as this is, though, what horrifies me the most? spoilers:
end of spoilers.
The thought that at some point Doc Ock might actually... you know what... with Mary Jane Watson one day. Life is so unfair, talk about spitting in the face of the legacy of Peter Parker
Last edited by HopeLantern; 11-21-2012 at 08:50 AM. Reason: Cause Dan Slott might actually be a genius.
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