I actually like as you call it edgier heroes. I also like gritty, dark, realistic, mature, serious storylines as long as they also highlight the fantastic, super and fun elements of the super-hero mythos. Good written story-telling in comics should first and foremost be entertaining. It should also as it often does reflect aspects of the human condition, emotionally and socially thus perhaps providing an insight into urban cultures, myths, legends, social commentary and global ideologies. ASM and now SSM have become more cartoonish in every aspect. They have not progressed to the same level of maturity for example as the Batman books over at DC.This direction is fresh, and while it may not be for everyone, SSM represents the comic fans' general thirst for edgier heroes (Hey, that's the fans' fault--If they didn't want bloodthirsty heroes, Wolverine wouldn't have two kids and SIX books).
Agreed, but Steve Ditko's style was representative of the era and to this day is still a lot more pleasing to the eye than the Ramos pseudo manga style.As far as for Ramos, everyone forgets that Ditko drew Spidey in pretty much that sort of style--very cartoony and adapted to a triple-jointed character.
I did say in my post that the best thing about ASM was the artwork by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Caselli, and Ryan Stegman. There's lots of realistic art in comic books. It's great for artists to be as stylized as they like but keep the anatomy perspectives real.If you want 'realistic' art, comics probably aren't for you, because lately, all artists have become stylized to some extent.
From my interactions with people at my local comic book shop, I see that there are just as many people who are not digging this latest direction. I have longed for ASM to be steered back towards a mature style of writing (not necessarily dark or gritty) but a no-nonsense approach with grounded in depth characterization, drama and action. Until a new creative team is appointed for Spidey or until Dan Slott regains his creative juices, Spidey will remain off my pull list.Lastly, for those who are hoping for this title's quick demise--it will go away by June 2014, I'm sure, but the sales on the first two issues look REAL good. My comics shop had to re-order #2--that's new for me--a sold-out #1 yeah, but #2? I think, by and large, most people are digging this. Those who don't believe me just need to see Dan's Twitter feed to see the response. So drop it, that's a copy for someone who wants it.