The final issue of the Spider-man Story “One More Day” came out last week, and events long wished for by Marvel editorial unfolded. We’ll put this rough spoiler in white type and behind the jump, but let’s just say it’s like the last 20 years never happened.
Highlight for shock surprise! Ok I will be mr spolier but you might not believe it as it is SO bad. Pete wakes up alone in the bed to find MJ in that bathroom puking I guess (the art & story telling are so bad who can tell what is up). First 3 1/4s was pete & MJ talking over accepting the offer. They come off as so dumb with neither asking the ultimate question, what would May want which we all know she would want then to stay married. So then the devil appears, they say yes cuz… well theres no believable reason they would. Then as just a freebie the devil tosses in that he is gonna rub out the demasking of peter parker. MJ whispers something to the devil to get an easy way out if the writters need it later. Then after they agree the devil says what I predicted, hes rubbing out the child they would have had in the future,,, UGH, Then… poof! Pete wakes up alone, goes downstair to ol aunt may making wheat cakes then run off to a party for .. HARRY OSBORN!!!! Yes everything is totally as if the last 20 years hasnt happened (in fact last panel shows them making a toast & you can see petes web shooters peeking out just to say screw you payed to read is worthless now). It is so much worse than I expected it to be. They have just turned Amazing into the start of Ultimate Spider-man. Its the worst time ever in Amazing Spider-man history.
The reaction online has been predictably negative, as this Newsarama thread attests and 63% of readers voting for option “ARRRGGGHHHH!!! Worst. Thing. Ever.”
I don’t mind that the marriage is over. I don’t like the way they did it by magically and nonsensically changing the past whatever years of continuity to do it.
How about Mary Jane is sick of being constantly in danger and wants a divorce? How about the Kingpin, in his arrogance and being ticked off at getting beat, finishes the job and has whacked? How about May dies and Peter can’t deal with the grief and just leaves MJ?
How about do this that actually shows character progression and at the same time tells a good story? This is just a deus ex machina cop out.
And yes, I took a good chunk of Marvel books off my list because of it.
Of course, fan online outrage is typical and meaningless unless that guy actually sticks by his guns and starts buying fewer Marvel comics. What will new Spidey readers think of the new bachelor Petey? We suspect they’ll just take it in stride along with the other movie and cartoon versions of Spidey where he’s solo.
However, as Peter David’s comment shows, internally this move wasn’t all that popular:
What do I think of it? Well, I have not read it, to be honest, since I knew the story particulars for months now. Let us just say that it is not the direction I would have taken things.