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The Amazing Spider Man: One More Day

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The Amazing Spider Man: One More Day


If there were a hall of fame for the worst creative ideas in the history of human culture, this would certainly make the top 10.


The gist of the story is that Peter Parker's Aunt May has been shot. He isn't able to do anything to save her, and she is going to die. But wait! Mephisto, evil demon, has an offer. 


Mephisto will save Aunt May's life, but only if Peter and his true love, Mary Jane, agree to undo having ever met. Having never met, they will never fall in love and never get married. They will wake up never having been aware that they had ever had a life together. Everything will be different and they will be none the wiser.


Here's my review of the story: Stupid.


That's all you need to know. That's all I need to say.


But when it comes to coming up with and executing an idea like this, I could write for pages on how mindless and worthless this idea is.


You see, building up to this 'event', was possibly the most interesting character changes that Peter Parker/Spiderman had ever had to confront: He reveals his identity in a live press conference, to the world. He goes rogue and has to go into hiding in rebelling against the Superhuman Registration act. He makes many enemies among other superheros. He dodges an assassins bullet which inadvertently hits his Aunt May. He goes on a vengeful warpath beating a villain to the edge of his life. He fights his way through police to escape being captured. He lies. He cheats. He steals. He is incredibly interesting!


Now, cut to Joe Quesada, stupid mother-fucker extraordinaire and editor in chief of Marvel Comics. In one issue, he decided to sweep the long, interesting work of an entire creative team under the rug. In one issue, all of these conflicts are conveniently gone.


The Amazing Spider Man: One More Day

I can't remember such an outward display of disdain and disrespect for creative work in any medium. I don't care if you like the fact that Quesada put the Spider Man character back to the 1970s version of the story where he is a single loser still living with his aunt. It is the fact that this type of selfish disrespect is unacceptable.


I'm not going to act like I didn't try to stick with it. But the following issues of the Amazing Spider Man were so profoundly uninteresting, that I removed if from my pull list all together. In fact, every single person I knew who had been regularly reading it, some for decades, removed it as well.


Marvel has always been known for the ability to follow their characters as they change and evolve based on the decisions they made. I can only hope that the decision to remove all conflict in one of the most loved comic book characters of all time forces Joe Quesada to confront dying of AIDS while being burnt alive while his wife tells him that none of their children are his.