Category Archives: Editorials

  • Trigger Warning: "Stark Suit"

    Trigger Warning: “Stark Suit”

    Good God Almighty. I’m trying, Crawlspacers. I am trying so hard to be open about the new MarvelSony Spidey movie. I desperately want to be enjoying something – anything – Spidey related again. I’ve been putting my faith in Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios but what I read today…

  • Comic Book Deaths – Heavenly or Grave Mistake?

     Characters die in comic books all the time, to a point where it has almost become a necessity to kill of a few heroes a year. Every time we see it in the news we all give a collective ‘sigh’ and brace ourselves for impact. But are we too skeptical when it comes…

  • An Examination of Marvel Now’s Spider-Female Initiative

      During the Marvel Now initiative, we saw the amount of Spider-Men ongoing titles (2099, Ultimate, and ASM) matched with Spider-Female titles (Spider-Woman, Silk, and Spider-Gwen.) Using Dan Slott’s Spider-Verse as a launching board, the opening arc of Spider-Woman set the board for Jessica Drew, Cindy Moon, and an…

  • In Which Berryman Defends Joss Whedon (Updated)

    What follows is not a review of the new Avengers movie, which I flat-out loved. It does, however, contain some spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it’s not Spidey related. But it does need to be said. It is an editorial, and it’s strictly my own view. Back…

  • The Atlantic Asks: What’s The Worst Spidey Story?

    The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates offers an opinion on what constitutes the “worst Spider-Man story ever.” I politely disagree with the eventual ‘winner.’ The author starts off first by agreeing with i09’s rundown of their four worst Spider-Man stories ever told: While anxiously awaiting the retconning/re-marriage of Peter Parker, I…

  • Small Hope my second book is on Kickstarter

    Small Hope book CoverHello Everyone, Ryan here to talk about something very special. When I achieved my dream of seeing my first book, My Life as a Comic Book Reader to become published last year the dream soon becomes bigger and you want to give more to those who…

  • Fearing the Return of a Married Spider-Man: A Rebuttal

    Ever since Marvel Comics showed the teaser last October for Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows as part of their upcoming Secret Wars event this summer, it appears to have reopened old wounds from J. Michael Straczynski’s infamous and controversial “One More Day.” Optimistic fans who saw the image of…

  • Editorial: Enough with the Spider-Racism Crap

    Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled Spider-Carnival but I wanted to take a moment and say a word or two or a couple hundred about the colossal fustercluck unfolding on Twitter tonight. Much of which is being fueled by Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott. This isn’t commentary about whether…

  • Editorial: Slott, Marvel and the New Professionalism

    “F-ck KFC” Going to keep this short and to the point. Tonight on Twitter Dan Slott apologized to many Spider-fans who were incorrectly blocked when he began using some sort of social media automatic blocking bot. While trying to autoblock people involved in the current ‘Gamer Gate’ debacle (Google…

  • These Clickbaity Times We Live In

    You may be asking yourself or wondering why we’re not covering the four billion metric tons of clickbait Spider-Man, Marvel and Sony movie news out there right now. But I think I just answered that. Most of it is just… clickbait. Almost none of it is driven by anything…

  • Editorial: The Ultimate Universe has been over for a While Now

    The Ultimate Universe is ending next summer… again? Yes, it seems the many Universal Incursions that have plagued Jonathan Hickman’s run on Avengers is leading to an all-new, Secret Wars. Where the various universes of Marvel Comics will go to war with each other and maybe only one will…

  • Editorials: Hipsters Hate Stan Lee

    “… a knife in the guts of less famous comics creators.” I first came across this on Twitter, when Scott Kurtz mentioned it and correctly called it out for the jackassery it is. Comics Alliance never misses an opportunity to invent an injustice. Especially when they can attack a…

  • How should Sony expand the cinematic Spider-Man family?

    Outside of my interest in comics and Spider-Man, I am also interested in cinema storytelling and the process which films go though from inception to release. A number of news story’s lately have caught my attention and I wanted to work through them, if you’ll allow me. I think…

  • Changes: A Rebuttal

    Earlier today, an editorial was published.  That editorial rankled me sufficiently enough that I have been moved to attempt to argue many of its more questionable points. Before I proceed, I need to establish two critical facts.  First, as an editorial of my own authorship, the opinions stated here…

  • Changes

    Change just for the sake of change is pointless. I refer to the recent casting decision of black actor Michael B. Jordan as traditionally white Johnny Storm—otherwise known as the Human Torch—in what will be the third live action incarnation of the Fantastic Four.  While the uproar from this…

  • Coming Soon … Video Game Articles Return!

    You bet your sweet bippy! I should probably (re)introduce myself.  Way back in the old days of 2010-2011, I used to write reviews of The Amazing Spider-Man for the site.  It was a heck of a job back then, since the book was coming out three or more times…

  • Lego Roderick Kingsley!

    “He Wore An ASCOT–!” As is probably apparent from the title & picture of this post, I am freakin’ excited about the Lego Movie coming out in a few weeks. I was futzing around in the Lego Movie site’s SigFig Creator, trying to make a Lego me. Alas, I…

  • Why “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” is the Worst Story Ever

       Yeah I said it! Follow me after the jump and you’ll find out why! If there’s one thing that defines Spider-Man, it’s that there are just as many bad stories there are good ones. For every  Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Chameleon, Fantastic Four), we get Amazing Spider-Man #2 (The Vulture,…

  • Superior Spider-Man Costume Vidcast Review

      I review the new Superior Spider-Man costume from my likes to dislikes and also talk about some of my favorite Spider-Man costumes over the years. Including the Insulation Costume by Tom DeFalco and Steve Skroce from their run on Amazing Spider-Man in the mid to late 90s.

  • Flash and Liz: Betrayal Between the Panels

    One of the things I find interesting about Spider-Man’s supporting cast, is that these characters have such complicated  dynamics that the subplot pages wind up being as interesting as the main story. However, subplot pages can only tell us so much and sometimes we’re left to wonder what the…

  • Retraction and Apology over ASM 698

    As many of you may have noticed I’ve taken the early review of Amazing Spider-Man #698 down off the front page. I’ve also deleted a thread from a first time poster on our message board that had a scan of the identity of the “Superior Spider-Man.” The reporter in…

  • What to Expect from the Lucasfilm/Disney Merger

                      Back in 2009, Disney shocked the world when they purchased Marvel. Fans went into a speculative frenzy. Marvel Comics readers wondered if their characters would be neutered or what other agenda Disney had for their favorite properties. It’s now three…

  • The Cushing Critique: On Ultimate Comics and Spider-Men

    Hey there, Crawl Spacers! I hope the Minimum Carnage reviews have been enough to tide you over since the last Cushing Critique, but today I’m back and I’m here to talk to you about Miles Morales. Young Miles is the new character occupying the identity of Spider-Man over in…

  • The Cushing Critique: On Sidekicks and Possibilities

    In last month’s Amazing Spider-man #692, a young character called Alpha was introduced, announced by Marvel as Spider-Man’s new sidekick. He’s a selfish character that the comic itself describes as excelling at nothing and not really caring about it. We’re two issues into his story now, and while he…

  • Superior Spider-Man? BD’s Theories

    Marvel released this teaser image on Friday. Speculation has run what title it is teasing with the Marvel Now launch. Some have speculated that’s it’s Marvel finally getting around to releasing Marvelman. Other’s suspect it’s Spider-Man related. Here’s my theories: 1)  This is Spider-Man related. This is the only…

  • The Cushing Critique: On Vampires and Returns to Glory

    Hello there! Welcome to the inaugural installment of The Cushing Critique! For my first in this new regular series of editorials, I thought I’d start out with a subject near and dear to me – Morbius the Living Vampire. More specifically his recent return in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, which…