Superior Spider-Man #2 Review – Erik’s Take


Superior_Spider-Man_Vol_1_2Find out what happens next in the saga of the Superior Spider-Man, the world’s zaniest super hero! Now with 100% more masturbation than last issue! 90% less super villains than last issue! And the most frustrating portrayal of Mary Jane Watson since… well, since last issue. There’s only one way to describe this wacky new adventure: It’s crazy-town banana-pants. Long-time Spidey fans will remember THAT classic phrase. Right?

The Superior Spider-Man #2

Words by Dan Slott

Art by Ryan Stegman

Colors by Edgar Delgado

Letters by Chris Eliopoulos

So when did everything get so weird?

It would be possible to write a very interesting Spider-Man comic about a villain’s attempt to pose as Peter and woo Mary Jane. And there is a spark of that interesting comic present here. As Otto makes his repeat attempts and is left with only a peck on the cheek every night, much to the relief of Peter’s ever-present ghost, I was reminded of a certain sequence in the movie Groundhog Day. Living the same day over and over again, Bill Murray’s character endlessly revises his attempts at wooing Andie MacDowell, trying to get the “equation” just right so that the night will end as he plans. In that movie it was a really creative way to demonstrate that the chemistry involved in love is too complicated to control with a formula, but Superior seems to flounder around that message, touching it only briefly and then essentially flying in its face. 

Along the way, it’s a horribly bumpy ride that is about as insulting to MJ fans as anything we’ve seen since the mind swap happened. But before we get there, there’s something that really must be addressed about this issue…

1Ahhh! I can’t take this anymore! It’s — it’s crazy-town banana-pants!

These are the words uttered by Peter Parker as Otto shakes hands with Mayor Jameson in his body. He’s marveling over the irony that Jonah has begun to approve of Spider-Man “over [his] dead body! Or [his] live body with Doc Ock’s brain!” It’s a clever twist indeed, but what’s with this phrase all of a sudden?

Well, turn the page, and there’s Mary Jane uttering the same thing to Carlie. It’s “just something Peter used to say,” she explains, which Carlie acknowledges having picked up as well when she was dating him. Anyone who’s been reading Spider-Man for a while should be scratching their heads at this scene, wondering when Peter has ever said “crazy-town banana-pants.” For that matter, if MJ and Carlie picked it up, when have they ever said it?

The answer, of course, is never. So why am I harping on this one phrase out of a 20-page comic? If you guessed that it’s because of how it sounds like something a thirteen-year-old would have tried to coin over Livejournal, you’re partially right. If it’s because it further degrades Peter’s character as an emotionally adolescent manchild, you’re on the right track. But there’s more.

2Results: INFURIATING!

It’s already been a widely made complaint about the whole saga of Peter and Otto’s mind swap that everyone, most of all Mary Jane, is being far too stupid about it. But this problem has reached a critical stage in Superior #2. No matter how many times MJ hesitates, no matter how many out-of-character things “Peter” says and does, she never starts to act suspicious. She never gets upset with him for his change in behavior. She never questions why he’s being so forward all of a sudden. Peter himself, watching in faded blue ghost form as Otto sits down with MJ, laments that “he’s saying super villain stuff! How can no one see through this?”

But the issue hits rock bottom when Otto comes up with a solution so dumb and juvenile that I was genuinely surprised, even after the whole Aunt May wedding night fiasco: he discovers masturbation. “Wait. Of course!” he exclaims. “I’m a fool for not thinking of this sooner. I can be with that Watson girl any time I want! Because she was with Parker. And now that his memories are mine… I can relive them. Over and over again!”

Readers are then treated to a positively delightful montage of Peter’s intimate memories with his wife, and a display of his pleased-looking visage atop it all making it perfectly clear what Otto’s doing while all this goes on. But just in case anybody might be innocent enough to miss out on this — like perhaps one of the young kids that Marvel would like to attract to their comics-reading crowd — Peter’s ghost groans, “Ugh. Does he have to keep touching my body?”

3Everyone was so worried that a rape-by-deception would occur between Otto and MJ, this other possibility never even occurred to them: if you take over someone else’s body and then masturbate it in, is that rape? 

Here is an even better question, though: why is that being raised in a Spider-Man comic?

So this is it then? Me floating around while you mess things up, hit on girls, and play around with a robot butler?

There’s finally a little action (I mean, of the typical super hero variety!) towards the end of the issue when some little Vulture stooges we haven’t seen before invade MJ’s nightclub, apparently looking for something their master stashed away there back when it was a super villain hangout. In another of his inexplicable changes of heart, Otto realizes after saving her that the two them together is “insane,” and that their relationship is “the greatest trap of all.” The only way to free her, he says, is to move on, which Peter’s ghost suddenly lauds him for. Nevermind the past twenty pages of utterly revolting content we had to slog through. Peter switches to “I was wrong about you, Otto!” Seriously.

And so Slott has unwittingly coined a phrase that captures every major flaw of his run. It’s juvenile, it’s all wrong in tone for the subject matter, it brings Peter’s maturity down, and it’s inserted out of nowhere upon a readership who is simply told that they are to believe it has always been that way. It’s crazy-town banana-pants.

Pros: Well, Stegman’s art is still really terrific. I especially love the way he draws MJ in this issue. Jonah’s dialogue is very Jonah and quite funny, as well.

Cons: It’s more frustrating than ever that nobody is accusing Peter of being an impostor, especially Mary Jane. The masturbation scene is utterly unnecessary and unpleasant. The conclusion is highly unsatisfactory, with Otto’s “lesson” coming out of nowhere and erasing all the vile behavior he’s exhibited over the issue. “Crazy-town banana-pants.”

Grade: D

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(50) Comments

  1. hornacek

    @47 Yes, I "didn't read the book". I read books about Spider-Man and they stopped making them with Amazing #700 When Peter comes back I'll read the books again. I have no desire to read a book about a psychotic narcissistic villain who killed the hero and stole his life. However I read both reviews on this site and skimmed the book in the comic shop. It didn't take much to realize (a) this book is pretty badly written, and (b) masturbation as a joke has no place in a Spider-Man book. Is that 'nuff said enough for you?

  2. RobertDye

    #35 Let us not forget the entire "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever." True, Covenant does not really believe (or so he tells himself) in the reality of what he is experiencing when he rapes the 15-year-old Lena early on in the story. And he spends a good part of the next two books dealing with the consequences of his actions. It's not played for laughs. But he's STILL a rapist, and I was STILL willing to read the story, and STILL willing for him to come out sucessful in the end. He's what is known as an antihero, same as our current main character in SSM (assuming you read it as Ock really being in there, which I don't, but I'm in the minority). Rob

  3. Erik Lexie - Post author

    @45 -- wow! I'm sorry you feel that way, Rich, but that is your right of course. One thing I do feel compelled to say, though, is that I don't feel nearly as indignant about anything as your post seems to indicate you do. Just sayin'.

  4. Rich E

    Very disingenuous review. Deliberately superimposing dialogue from the later shower scene onto an earlier scene where it doesn't belong to prove your prurient interpretation of events is misleading and wilfully dishonest. I am so tired of reading reviewers tying themselves up in knots to get shocked and offended by this comic-book. If you find offence in these comics you really, really need to look at yourself. It's like One Million Moms have invaded the reviews. People are competing to be out-offended. And to criticise a plot point in a Spider-man comic for being Juvenile is laughable. Read Spider-Man from any era and you will notice one thing - the plots are juvenile. It's a comic about a made up character who can walk up walls, shoot webs from his wrists and never grows old. Still, there is nothing in the pages of this comic quite as juvenile as the dramatic righteous indignation of the moral guardians who review the title.

  5. Sbee613

    I know slott is loving all the attention this issue is getting for the suggested masturbation and eventual rape he plans to commit. After reading how he looks at himself as doc Ock these creepy scenarios only get creepier. Is there a way we can do something like kickstart to get rid of him I'm willing to empty my account to rid us of his sexually frustrated fantasies.

  6. hornacek

    @39 I didn't know the title was rated T+, I've heard so many times that the Spider-Man is an all ages comic. Actually I don't pay attention to the ratings on the covers. Is this something new for Superior? Or has Amazing been T+ rated for years?

  7. persian_spider

    @ 27: "I can’t believe Spider-man titles have fallen so low that the only drama in the them is whether or not Doc Ock fucks MJ" my sentiments exactly

  8. Ed K.

    Well, Doc Ock has already failed, and the title of the book is now a lie. I'm sorry, but when the previous guy has been with multiple women and you have to settle for your hand, you ain't the Superior Spider-Man.

  9. Tonyd117

    Implied but not stated outright, so they can hide behind the old, "Get you minds out of the gutter..." excuse...again.

  10. CrazyChris

    38, the issue is rated "T+", so it is like a PG-13 story. As for "well done" . . . good god no. This issue issue is BAD. In your bullet points, add in the fact that immediately after the "enjoyment pose" the next panel is Peterpus waking up and saying that he had an extremely sound sleep. This is definitely written so that masturbation is heavily implied.

  11. hornacek

    @35 I think it's possible to write a story that has a rapist as its protagonist, but it has to be well done, plus it probably better be in a PG-13 or R-rated story. Not in a Spider-Man story that is for All Ages. Especially when it is treated so lightly, you can almost hear the laugh-track Slott is writing into these scenes. As for the masturbation, again I haven't read the issue so I may sound like an idiot saying what pages from the comic are intending to say, but: - Peterpus is sexually frustrated because he can't make any headway with MJ - he realizes he can just remember Peter's memories of when he was "with MJ" - we see Peter's memories of Peter and MJ in sexual situations - Peterpus is seen in a pose that shows he is experiencing some sort of enjoyment - Peter later says "I wish he would stop touching my body" I just don't know how else this could be interpreted. Even with how visual most porn is, there is a lot of what you are thinking that is involved. Peterpus can't be the first guy that has remembered sexual encounters from his memories and used those to masturbate? You know, a month ago I never would have guessed that I would be talking about rape and masturbation in regards to a Spider-Man book. Thanks Marvel!

  12. CrazyChris

    Erik, that's a good point and a reason why "this comic treats attempted rape lightly" may be a valid criticism. "This comic has an attempted rapist for a protagonist" is a different criticism and one that I find less pointed.

  13. Erik Lexie - Post author

    @Chris: Not hornacek obviously, but I think one very important distinction there is the tone of A Clockwork Orange compared to Superior Spider-Man. Superior treats the material so lightly that I think I can really see how rape victims would be severely bothered by it. I think that if this is the story Slott wants to tell he has the right to do so, but I'd still say taking offense to it is warranted. Regarding the scene I described as masturbation, I actually ran an experiment by showing just that one page to a few people, completely out of context, who had not read the book. Admittedly, only one of them mentioned masturbation. But it's important to remember that was out of context, and I'm still of the opinion that this definitely depicts Otto touching himself. Keep in mind, this is presented as his solution to being sexually frustrated. Ask yourself how easy it is to relieve that by closing your eyes and thinking happy thoughts. That's not how it works. Without stimulation, all that would do is make it worse. To me this just seems like common sense.

  14. CrazyChris

    @33, do you think it is offensive to rape victims that A Clockwork Orange has a rapist as a protagonist?

  15. Nick MB

    @30 No, I've seen a few people popping up both here and elsewhere saying they like this comic. It's had middling-to-good reviews on review sites. You are not alone, I think it's a decent book.

  16. hornacek

    @23 Saying that an attempted rapist is "morally dubious" and that that type of character can "work in comic books" as the protagonist of the story is not only questionable but offensive to victims of rape everywhere. What's next - Superior Spider-Man #3 tells us that women's bodies are built to shut down when faced with legitimate rape? As for "the scene", I didn't read the book, but from how it's described, Peterpus is remembering all of the times Peter was sexually involved with MJ because he wants to imagine himself "being with" MJ. This is the very definition of masturbation. How could anyone think this was intended to be anything else? Unless one had no idea of the concept of masturbation, what else could you think reading this scene?

  17. Peter

    @29 The only thing we see is him on a roof, holding his head up smiling about all the past MJ experiences. Which appearently some people read as, "Yeah, he TOTALLY just whipped it out right there on the roof and started masturbating" "Perfectly clear" my black ass

  18. xellos85

    Does anyone else feel like a bit of a fan outcast for not completely hating this storyline? Yes, there are parts of it that make me groan - but honestly, it's not nearly as terrible as I was expecting it to be. Do I miss the days when "Amazing Spider-Man" was the book I most looked forward to every month? Sure, of course. Peter is still an integral part of the story, we're not supposed to buy SpOck as an overnight-reformed villain and obviously the supporting characters (Carlie and MJ) know something is up, even if they can't put their finger on it just yet. I'm content to see how this arc plays out for now.

  19. cubman987

    @28 Well yeah, that's why I had complaints about those things, it would have been better without them. But they were minor complaints to me in the grand scheme of things. Well when he makes the comment about touching his body Ock is naked and in the shower, so I'm not sure at all that it's in reference to anything but what is going on at the time. The way I read the whole thing is that he delved into Peter's memories so it was like he was re-living it in a way, there have been a couple of times where it seems like when he brings up Peter's memories they are so strong that it's like he's reliving it right there and they have a profound way of how he acts and feels afterwards, like at the end of ASM #700 where he recalls Peter's memories and decides to be a "hero" or when he recalls memories of Pete and MJ's relationship and decides to stop his quest to get with MJ in this issue.

  20. Enigma_2099

    @#27 The problem here is, this can be a good book WITHOUT that... why is it in here? "And I don’t think it’s clear that he pleasured himself while thinking about MJ" Okay, we're giving you and Slott the benefit of the doubt. Give us a good explanation that makes sense, and we'll consider it. -------------------------------- ((Readers are then treated to a positively delightful montage of Peter’s intimate memories with his wife, and a display of his pleased-looking visage atop it all making it perfectly clear what Otto’s doing while all this goes on. But just in case anybody might be innocent enough to miss out on this — like perhaps one of the young kids that Marvel would like to attract to their comics-reading crowd — Peter’s ghost groans, “Ugh. Does he have to keep touching my body?”)) How else would you interpret it?

  21. cubman987

    I think that just about everything both reviewers complained about were legitimate complaints that I had myself, but for me, they were not that big of a deal in what I thought was an otherwise very good book. And I don't think it's clear that he pleasured himself while thinking about MJ, though that whole scene was weird and kind of out of place. So yeah I enjoyed this a lot more than the reviewers did and I'm actualy quite pleased that we are actually getting Peter Parker in these books, even if it is as a weird spirit thing.

  22. Peter Perverto

    But seriously, I can’t believe Spider-man titles have fallen so low that the only drama in the them is whether or not Doc Ock fucks MJ or not.

  23. Enigma_2099

    This issue feels like bait... again. Setting you up so they can complain about your overreacting. I'm not seeing anything that makes the end of #700 seem as impactful as what they claim.

  24. Peter Perverto

    I am a pervert and I love Spider-Man titles because they contain rape, torture and …. masturbation.

  25. Peter

    "An attempted rapist should not be the star of a sitcom-style rom-com" A dark vigilante who threatens his prey with violence shouldn't be the star of half a dozen comic series, and yet it works so well for Batman. In a real world sense, there's plenty of morally-dubious activities and characters that work in comic books. You could get caught up on all the moral implications and stand on your soapbox about how VILE and EVIL the protagonist really is, and if that's how you get your kicks, have at it. Me, my reading lets me actually enjoy the Spider-Man comic without being outraged or disgusted(although I was a bit creeped out). I prefer my way, but YMMV. "the inference is pretty apparent for the more discernible reader" I guess I'm just a bit more optimistic than the "more discernible reader", Stillanerd :p The scene in question is vague enough for you to come to your own conclusion. I do think it's a bit of mental masturbation, but not so much more than how I see an highly attractive. woman on the street and my mind wanders with the possibilities. If that makes me a sexual deviant, so be it. Again, I preferred my initial reading of the scene, as it allows me to enjoy the book more, but again, by all means, be offended or disgusted about your interpretation. I think they're both valid opinions!

  26. Douglas Ernst

    "Everyone was so worried that a rape-by-deception would occur between Otto and MJ, this other possibility never even occurred to them: if you take over someone else’s body and then masturbate it in, is that rape?" Us "crazy-town banana pants kids" who brought up the rape deception were also mocked by a lot of people, and yet now we will forever have Dan Slott's Superior self-pleasuring Spider-Manboy. This is another stain (no pun intended) on the character's history, brought to us the immature men currently in charge at Marvel. I can't wait until next issue, when we find out Peter has always declared "Shabba-shabba-ding-dong!" when he enters MJ's apartment. Why? Because Dan Slott said he did.

  27. Daddypool

    Personally, I agree with "Peter's" review above. I enjoyed the attempts at dating...(Ballroom Dancing?) They were quite hilarious. I am disappointed that so many lurkers on this site are focusing on the percieved masterbation panel. There really was alot to like about this issue, and Slott made real progress in show tihe differences between how Peter and Ock handle his personal life, and the related choices. Everything seemed in character for Ock. Also, loved the other touches, like the City Monitoring Application on his iPad, and using the Living Brain as a servant. I really hope that this fresh story arc continues for at least of year....I'm having a lot of fun with it. My only complaints...1) Too much ghost of Peter, and 2) Crazy Town Banana Pants....

  28. Kent Larson

    Thanks for the great review, Erik. I'm buying Superior #2 because my local shop owner gave me a free #1 after I said, "No, I will not be buying that crap." (he said it was pretty good and I'm sure he wants to entice me for the full ride) and because I want the picture on the cover (I can pretend that's still Peter not Ock) but I'm praying for a quick end of this crap. I'm not buying more (unless I'm trapped by my obsession for completion or because future covers are too enticing or because of what ever other justification I can make (I admit it, I have a problem, is there a comic's anonymous?)). Here's my comment from Chris's thread (I share again in case it gets more play here (kinda already covered by #12 Wolfie (who I'm in agreement with. (Sick of these parenthesis yet?))): One possibility for MJ vindication: She knows. Since her first encounter with PeterPus she's been biding her time and staying close to control and monitor the situation. She's just looking for a chance to act once she figures out what to do about her poor possessed former lover and current good friend. Thanks for the great reviews with honest, well thought out criticism when warranted. I greatly appreciate this site.

  29. reader

    Never would have thought Ock was this much of a horn dog. If next issue still has Spock trying to hook up with females then I'm out. I do like him over in Avenging tho, I just hope ghost Pete does not make an appearance next issue in avenging.

  30. K-Box in the Box

    "I found the dating scenes to be absolutely hysterical. Spidey works so well as a surreal portrait of ordinary life that an entire issue of rom-com pratfalls with Doc Ock hits the spot." And this was precisely what I found to be one of the most morally intolerable aspects of this issue. Otto was trying to trick Mary Jane into having sex with her by fooling her into thinking that he was still Peter. If he had succeeded, this INARGUABLY would have been rape by fraud. The ONLY way such a scene should have been portrayed was as a deeply creepy horror-show of Otto being treated as the sexual predator that he indisputably was in those scenes. By reducing it to lighthearted hi-jinks, it downplays how utterly unforgivable his intentions were. An attempted rapist should not be the star of a sitcom-style rom-com.

  31. stillanerd

    @#10 Peter--SpOck taking a shower was NOT the moment Erik was talking about. It's when Doc Ock realizes that he can replay all of Peter's memories of being intimate with Mary Jane any time he wants and proceeds to do just that. Granted, it's not explicit so there's enough leeway, but based on the way SpOck is smiling in the image Erik put up, how Ghost Peter reacts, the way SpOck acts in the next morning and Ghost Peter saying why Doc Ock has to keep touching his body, the inference is pretty apparent for the more discernible reader. So while Doc Ock may not have seduced Mary Jane (thank god!) he may have pulled a "Skip Westcott's" on Peter. Cause remember--it's not actually Doc Ock's body he's fooling around with, it's Peter's.

  32. Erik Lexie - Post author

    11: I don't think that's fair. There is absolutely no evidence that anything about the book was changed, and I don't see why that theory would need to be presented. Slott never said they were going to sleep together and I never believed they were going to. I think the rape discussion is important to have, but it's also important not to jump to conclusions about what the author's intentions were or are when in truth no one knows that except him.

  33. Wolfie

    Hmmm....MJ seems to have picked up on something though. Especially with her line: "That's actually kind of clever. Clever but NOT you. Like calling Press conferences..." I think she knows something is up, but perhaps that might be revealed issues later...maybe. *shrug* --wolfie

  34. Sbee613

    This is exactly what I expected out of slott. After hearing all the talk about peterpus raping MJ he goes around this and makes it so he can have all the intimate moments he wants. I'm really hoping this series doesn't make it to double digits with reviews like these it looks possible yay!!!

  35. Peter

    I...think you might be lookin' a bit much in that so-called "masturbation" scene. He was in the shower, grabbing his arm pit, touching himself. I don't think "perfectly clears" really describes that scene except in your own head. Also, MJ has noticed Peter is different now. She's noted on multiple occasions that this isn't like Peter. On the implementing of his Spider-Bots: "Clever. But not you." So she didn't immediately jump to the conclusion that he must be Doc Ock in his body. The cowboys didn't just shoot the horses in John Ford films either; be a pretty short, drama-free story, wouldn't it? You have to give a little to get a little, and in this case I'm ok. Carlie definitely knows something up, and although I wish she said something to MJ, this is clearly going somewhere, and I'm interested in seeing how it plays out. As for Doc Ock's change of heart, it seemed quick, but on second read, it seems logical. Spock has Peter's memories(hence the MJ montage above), and he gets not just the lustful satisfaction of MJ's kiss, but he holds all his feelings for as well. He relived that love, both physical and more than that. Why, he doesn't even realize it himself why he's racing for her for so fast, heart beat a-flutter, passing by random muggings; he really does care for this woman. The difference between Peter and Ock can think more logically. "I can do the math". He feels Peter's love for MJ, but also can see that they can never be together. His reasoning is a bit like the OMIT argument, but it's consistent reasoning. I thought the Spock/MJ issue was handled well personally, and moreover Ghost-Peter actually admitted his love for Mary-Jane, calling her his soulmate, for the first time in Slott's tenure. I think there's more to this story to be revealed. Now that I'm past the rebuttal section, I can get what you don't mention and what I loved! I found the dating scenes to be absolutely hysterical. Spidey works so well as a surreal portrait of ordinary life that an entire issue of rom-com pratfalls with Doc Ock hits the spot. Every-day drama with a superheroic twist, a story in the classic Marvel mold. It's cheeky and breezy, playful in tone but not forgetting to advance it's sub-plots(Jonah's embrace of Peter, the continued alienation of the Horizon Labs cast, Carlie's suspicion). Hell, the "superheoic action" feels almost like an afterthought, and I kinda love that in an interpersonal story like this. "Crazy-town Banana Pants' did suck though, for all the reasons you mentioned. On that, you're right on the money.

  36. AmFan15

    Doesn't anyone remember that classic iconic phrase that Peter lives by? "With Great Power, There Must Also Come Crazy Town Banana Pants."

  37. Enigma_2099

    A few things... (It’s already been a widely made complaint about the whole saga of Peter and Otto’s mind swap that everyone, most of all Mary Jane, is being far too stupid about it.) Not everybody, Chris... Carlie seems to be picking up on it. *Insert groan here...* (But the issue hits rock bottom when Otto comes up with a solution so dumb and juvenile that I was genuinely surprised, even after the whole Aunt May wedding night fiasco: he discovers masturbation. “Wait. Of course!” he exclaims. “I’m a fool for not thinking of this sooner. I can be with that Watson girl any time I want! Because she was with Parker. And now that his memories are mine… I can relive them. Over and over again!” Readers are then treated to a positively delightful montage of Peter’s intimate memories with his wife, and a display of his pleased-looking visage atop it all making it perfectly clear what Otto’s doing while all this goes on. But just in case anybody might be innocent enough to miss out on this — like perhaps one of the young kids that Marvel would like to attract to their comics-reading crowd — Peter’s ghost groans, “Ugh. Does he have to keep touching my body?”) Doesn't matter. They'll STILL deny it and call you crazy for thinking it. (There’s finally a little action (I mean, of the typical super hero variety!) towards the end of the issue when some little Vulture stooges we haven’t seen before invade MJ’s nightclub, apparently looking for something their master stashed away there back when it was a super villain hangout. In another of his inexplicable changes of heart, Otto realizes after saving her that the two them together is “insane,” and that their relationship is “the greatest trap of all.” The only way to free her, he says, is to move on, which Peter’s ghost suddenly lauds him for. Nevermind the past twenty pages of utterly revolting content we had to slog through. Peter switches to “I was wrong about you, Otto!” Seriously.) Oh for the love of... So, will this apply to ANY relationship they'll try and force down our throats, or just the one that they know we really want. No, really... how will this differ from any other BS relationship they try to replace it with? D***. Fan's will get what they want, but not how they want it. And to really flip 'em off, we'll even take THAT away from them!!! [sarcasm]Slott's a genius![/sarcasm]

  38. RDMacQ

    I loved Slott's rationalization over on CBR that this counts as a "reunion." Apparently a handful of dates over a series of weeks counts as "Peter and MJ getting back together." Yeah, because it's not like a fan favorite relationship was trotted out and manipulated to milk drama out of a tepid story that everyone knows is going to end in about four or five months. Really, this whole storyline is going to play everything ridiculously straight and by the numbers. It's going to be a prime example of "Crap, or get off the pot."

  39. Xonathan

    I really don't mind the "bed scene". I guess it had to happen. Better than rape by deception. But I mInd the lack of subtlety. Two panels showing the bathroom door closed and a third panel Spock coming out with a grin would have sufficed.

  40. Symbiotic_€vO

    My optimistic view of the bold move by Slott have faded even more tha the ghost of Peter, actualy, I think the ghost thing is turning annoying prety quickly I only need the voice in my own head telling me how discusting, insane and forced this is. If I have to put up with more than half of the comic filled with trash just to see a minimal advance in a story wich I'm already eager to see it end. Anyways great review having two takes on the issue is really good

  41. herbiepopnecker

    Ah,yes....having been a long, long, long-time reader, I well remember Pete muttering "crazy-pants banana-town" every three, five pages or so.... Does Disney really approve of ....you know...."that activity"?

  42. CrazyChris

    Hey Erik, what would you think about labeling our reviews "Chris's Take" and "Erik's Take" in the title, like how I just edited mine? I think it looks weird having two reviews right next to each other with the same title and image, without something explaining what's different about them. If you don't like it, then I'll change mine back. It's a suggestion I wanted to run by you.

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