Let me start by saying that while I am mostly enjoying the current run of Superior Spider-man,
there will come a time where it's necessary to put the pieces back together and go back to
a traditional Spidey comic. It seems Slott is laying the groundwork for this, with the Avengers suspicious
of Spock. It just seems after 25 years of stories like the Clone Saga, the Other, OMD, BND and now Superior, Marvel has
some issue with Peter being Spider-man, his age and maturity, and his identity as a superhero.
Here are some steps, IMO, to fixing the title:
1 - Get someone else on writing duties. Slott has had a good run, but surely there is
someone else at Marvel with ideas for Parker, if Slott is tired of writing the character
or can't come up with any new ideas for Peter.
2 - Address old storylines quickly--like OMD/OMIT, the Other powers, Baby May and Sins
Past--did these stories happen and are they continuity? It seems they all are, but it
needs to be put out in the open and then dispensed with to give readers a sense of closure. The books
and the character can't move on until some of this crap is addressed.
3 - Get Peter away from 'big comic book science', and give him a job he hasn't had yet,
something that gets him closer to street crime. I have my own ideas on that point, but
I won't go into them here. But if I were to write the series post-Superior,
I would have a Parker that is just a bit wary of what scientific contraptions he comes in
contact with from here on out. Horizon was good grist for storylines, but that era has now passed.
4 - Get rid of the guest stars, completely. A guest appearance should be for a special event,
not to shoehorn in whatever lame characters Marvel wants to pimp that month.
5 - Bring back Amazing, and make it once a month again. The accelerated ship schedule is fun
but it's almost too much of a good thing, and it leads to writers like Slott having a 50-issue
run on the title in little more than two years. Seems to lead to burnout for everyone.
6 - Get the villains back. No more good guy Venom. Make Green Goblin / Norman strictly a Spidey
baddie. Get Ock back in a new body. Elevate the threat of villains from Mysterio to the Shocker to Mr. Negative.
7 - No more Avengers or Fantastic Four for Spidey. He doesn't need to be affiliated with a team.
It may seem like I'm asking for character regression, but it's more trying to find a way to get the
Spider-man comic back on track, without gimmicks or the usual "this issue is a game changer" style hype.