Reaction online has been mixed to say the least about the new Ben Reilly suit. Some people are digging it, others are saying it looks very similar to Spidercide.
Former Web of Spider-Man artist Steven Butler did his interpretation of the suit on his Facebook page. He took off the mouth and I think it looks better. Butler was the first to draw the famous blue hoodie in Web of Spider-Man #118 back in November 1994.
Bleeding Cool has even posted an article posting just the negative comments they could find online about the suit. Peter David, the writer of the new comic stayed classy with his response to fans that were insulting the new look. Here is his quote.
Here’s someone who likes the costume. I was there every step of the way, and I think it turned out great. Personally I love the smirk on his face: not as overt as Spidercide’s mouth or Venom’s maw, but when you see him grinning at you under the mask right before he takes you apart, you’ll remember it. The last costume fans hated was Captain America 2099’s costume (along with her muscles) but that went away because it always goes away. What it comes down to is character, not costume. And I’m not going to bother to look, but I’ll wager plenty of fans hated the original Scarlet Spider costume that they now look back on so lovingly.Man, do I remember the fan protests when the black and white costume debuted. Fans freaking HATED it. Then it became Venom’s costume and at that point people warmed to it. Cap 2099? Fans hated it. And her. Because that’s what fans do.
He didn’t berate anyone personally for their opinions, he just offered a bit of history to fan reactions. I find this refreshing to what Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott does online. There are several quotes of him arguing with the fans online. Here’s one, and here’s one. In fact he recently took our own podcast panelist Mike to task for his predictions and thoughts about the new Prowler series.
Once. Just once. I’d like to see you write a review where you’re not making stuff up about the book– Like how the book came together, what people were thinking while they were writing it, what their intentions secretly are, or where YOU think the story is going– and then passing judgments on it because of THAT stuff that’s in YOUR head and NOT in the ACTUAL comic itself. :-/
Judging a book’s future because of YOUR assumptions about that future is silly. Especially when your track record for getting those assumptions right are next to zero.
You do this a LOT, sir.
Cheesdique from our message board then corrected Slott by saying that Mike did infact predict a storyline. Slott then replied here .
1 in 9 years of regularly doing this.
No offense, Cheesedique, I know he’s one of your Crawlspace buddies, but broken clocks have better track records.
What are your thoughts about the suit? Is it too similar to Spidercide? Also what are your thoughts on the differences between David and Slott’s handeling of fans online?