I don't wanna read any spoilers to #700 people please do not mention them in this thread. Just wanna say that ok...
I have to admit before I make this thread I was very tough on Slott and Wacker on some of the things I had read in a Spider-Man series. I had gotten almost a lot of the Brand New Day storyline free from 546-580 basically. But the series was never a WOW....I must buy it. The execution with rotating writers was a nice concept but it lacked a real solid written direction for the character himself. The character seemed stuck and we had a lot of one note villains show up in time and leave. The only real hit of a villain was Mr. Negative.
I joked more happened to the supporting cast which was now very deep. I mean you had the Osborn's back , you had a new woman in Harry's life and more to Peter's life like Vinnie a cop and Carlie. It was likely the deepest supporting cast in a Spider-Man comic in years. Of course they threw in a mystery villain like Menace. Which was a pretty cool payoff in a way I later read.
But I grew bored after that and dropped the series. I of course came back for #600 and decided to pick up the series as they claimed the Sinister Six was gonna return , Mary Jane and Deadpool . I saw some horrible crap along the way which I called out .
Anyhow I tried 20 issues and beyond the Deadpool issue felt it lacked a hell of a lot and didn't spare to defend my stance to Wacker here. I'm sure if I pulled a thread search I could find our debates where we both felt different things for the Peter Parker character. I had thought well this is my end on Spider-Man. No more for me. I'll come back as a fan later. Then I read online the reaction to OMIT and felt ...this gotta be rock bottom. Its complete rock bottom as i read the story notes and how horrible the arc was received. (I did pity Wacker who got handed that plot)
That to me made me think for sure it was over. Of course then I heard about a new Hobgoblin coming and I was like...this is the final chance for Spider-Man for me. I done been burned twice it felt and was happy to be shocked that the arc was really good. I mean...damn good. No lie...I mean ...for me this was likely the best the Spider-Man title had been since Brand New Day launched and it made me wish that maybe they should have launched with this change in status quo for Peter Parker working for Max Modell , being Spider-Man and facing a new rogue in a new way. Plus it did a great thing borrowing from the past of Spider-Man history.
I read a few more issues and saw Venom was now revamped and they used Flash Thompson in a cool new way. I had long critiqued how Thompson was used in a nice story but then utterly had himself mocked for his sexual short comings and then had his legs cut off in the same issue. Then never showed up much after it. That ticked me off a lot . But now he was the new Venom and I was ok with it.
I never read Spider-Island and felt it was too big a story for me to get into and all. I plan to get it later....moving on.
I got some more issues after it and read the resolution of that and felt it was nice to see Peter Parker and MJ share a good moment. The stories after I got off and on but the real arc that brought me back was the Sinister Six reforming in a crazy Doctor Octopus scheme against the world. It was a solid fun arc and had Peter team with Silver Sable to end his plans. And it even teased Sable's death (which in comics , we never saw so she's alive more or less). I loved a villain team up scheme that is kooky. So it worked for me.
Then the next arc that made me a fan again was the Morbius and Lizard arc. That one was just tons of fun folks. It ranks right there with the Hobgoblin one and makes me wonder why they didn't launch BND so well with these stories. Peter tries to save Kurt Conners from the Lizard curse and realizes he can't. Nice. I am a fan of Morbius and the Lizard. So having both characters in a cool meaningful arc was great .
The next one was the battle of the Hobgoblin's ....the 1st one Kingsley vs the guy who killed his brother. That to me was a nice way to end it as the original Hobgoblin is impressed by this new kid. Believing he has skills that can be used , he gets to stay as Hobgoblin. Because he's running a villain business and gets a piece of it. Which was pretty cool. I enjoyed that.
The last 2-3 issues I have read is the start of the Doctor Octopus arc where he basically implants his brainwaves into Peter Parker. Which is such a fun , wacky silver age type story I chuckled. Because the resolution is simple and easy...Peter eventually will assume control...its his brain after all. But reading so far is fun and seeing the Trapster save him and bust him from jail made me laugh at realizing his life is in Paste Pot Pete's hands. HA HA...
In all it was really good to see the book crawl back from rock bottom of OMIT. It showed that a writer can rebound a series. I haven't read 700 yet but if its anything like we saw so far it should be good.