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7/16 – If Only…

every Spider-Man comic was about Spider-Man lifting heavy machinery.

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Mark Waid is going to be one of the obstacles? What?

I was thinking the exact same thing…some problematic copy on that flyer.

Joe S. Walker

July 16, 2008 at 5:04 am

A SIlver Age homage written by Mark Waid. Just like the world needed one more.

Homage.

Not the word I was thinking…

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 16, 2008 at 5:23 am

Overwhelming.

No, no, no, no, no!

Darkness…
Pain…
Fear…
MELTZER!

No, wait, that’s REAL.

I take that back.

Darkness,
Pain,
Fear……

Oh yeah, that’s a book I want to buy and read.
I haven’t seen a Grim, Gritty, Dark, Pain Wracked comic in a loooooooooong time.

The House of Ideas.

Allow me to engage in a bit of Snark-blocking here. I really like Mark Waid, and I’m usually willing to take a look at anything he’s writing (except for the Legion…I’ve never cared for the Legion, so that’s just me, not Waid). There’s not much to go on from this ad, but the idea of an homage to that earlier Lee/Ditko story does seem likely. And that’s fine with me. Honestly, after One More Day and Brand New Day, I’m perfectly willing to see what Waid can do with Spidey. And check this bit out — two issues! They’re advertising two-part story…dare we even hope it’s a self-contained two-part story?

Gosh, he looks really trapped there.

I hope he can escape. It’d be sad if we lost Spidey as well as Captain America.

(as a side note, was his memory of the first time he was trapped under machinery wiped out by Mephisto?)

Hopefully that is just Ben Riley, so we can get a new twist on th thing

So is Pain doing the pencils or inking it?

ABoyNamedPosh

July 16, 2008 at 8:55 am

Lettering by The Darkness of ComicCraft.

“was his memory of the first time he was trapped under machinery wiped out by Mephisto?)”

Well, he and MJ still are ex- and ex-, and that happened after the lifting so…

… aargh. I promised myself I wouldn’t try to apply logic to One More Day.

That said, the Spidey comics have been pleasantly good reads recently, if not anything to spend money on. Just wish they’d work on the supporting cast a lot, since they’re all ciphers at the moment.

Bian Mac, I got your back: Totally in agreement about Waid and the snark block, I’m all for seeing what he can do in a (hopefully) self-contained 2-parter, outright homage or not.

I only snarked “Meltzer” because, well, that triumvirate is his M.O., right down to what I believe was an Eisner-winning standalone JLA issue.

Wasn’t the whole point of Spider-Man’s new direction to be lighter and more fun?

Well, that didn’t last too long at all.

How many times has Spider-Man been trapped under machinery, anyway? You know that you have a serious problem when the same scene gets continually homaged (ripped off?) over and over again across a four decade long history.

How many times has Spider-Man been trapped under machinery, anyway? You know that you have a serious problem when the same scene gets continually homaged (ripped off?) over and over again across a four decade long history.

You know, that would be a great idea for a “Top 5.” “Top 5 over-homaged comic scenes.” The machinery would definitely be up there.

I’d create a list like that, if only these ropes weren’t keeping me out of action.

Well played, sir. Well. Played.

If that’s Marcos Martin’s art, as I think it is, then I’m rather looking forward to this. Sorry to spoil the hate-in.

“A SIlver Age homage written by Mark Waid. Just like the world needed one more.”

Ha!

That tickled me.

Have a good day.
John Cage

It’s a really well drawn cover, and I think Waid/Martin is a good match.

Doesn’t mean that it is not funny to see Spidey lifting heavy machinery again.

Waid is often good for a one shot storyline….it’s just that after he shoots, he’s wasted.

We can only hope that there’s a bridge scene in this too.

i really like Mark Waid and so, if i read/bought any Marvel comics anymore, i might pick this up. However, i haven’t bought a Marvel comic book in about five years [if that] and i see no reason to start now. Some of my favorite stories to this day are the Waid ‘Flash’ & ‘Cap’ titles. Other stuff is at least well written and has a point to it.

My first impression was that it was Chris Bachelo but Marcos Martin is pretty sweet.

Is that a real promo? It looks like it’s fan made. Is it just a distorted / shrunk down version or something? The fonts look terrible, like someone took 2 seconds in Photoshop or MS Paint to tack them on there.

While I’m more than willing to give Marvel money for a Waid penned Spidey comic, they took what could have been an excellent promo and ruined it with poorly handled text. The fact they have Waid’s name so it appears to be one of the negative words that Spidey must overcome is just case in point.

If I were a jerk I’d say this promo just had a list of unpleasant things I don’t want to necessarily see very often in my superhero comics.

the 4 trails of spiderman:
Darkness,
Pain,
Fear
and
WAID!

I’d buy it.

Stephen Wacker

July 17, 2008 at 9:07 am

Hey there! Obviously the story pre-sucks, is a slap-in-the-face, etc, so i won’t try to pursuade anybody otherwise.

However for what it’s worth, the text treatment of making Waid look like one of the horrible things Spidey has to face was on purpose because Marcos is flat-out mean and I like making fun of Waid. It’s not a “real” promo; just something Marcos sent in that made us laugh.

And the story is not in any way an homage to the Spidey-lifting-the-machinery. We do that in the the Marvel Apes preview in Amazing Spider-Man Family #1 next month!

Okay, gotta get back to ruining comics! Great blog!

-Wacker

It made ME laugh.

The fallout snark, not so much.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

July 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm

It’s not a “real” promo; just something Marcos sent in that made us laugh.

Best idea then is not to release a promo piece that isn’t representative of the story, because not knowing it’s an ‘in-joke’, people are going to pre-judge based on that image – which is why promo image’s are released, for the audience to pre-judge whether or not it’s something they want to spend their money on.

It made ME laugh.

The fallout snark, not so much.

You should release the real promo art so we can decide you’ve ruined the character based on what it is you’re actually doing with him!

Steve and Mark,

Glad to see you’re amusing yourselves.

Problem being, your own amusement has exactly zero to do with the point of releasing a promo piece in the first place.

Then again, per-issue sales on Amazing Spider-Man are the lowest they’ve been in years, and the sales drop shows no signs of slowing, so obviously, your own amusement takes precedence over your audience.

You do realize that the status quo you’re trying to foist on this character will go down in history as being an even worse disaster than the Clone Saga, yes?

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