OH GOODIE, ‘SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN’ TO BE “DARK” AND ‘EDGY”
I don’t read comics much anymore (they are just too gosh darn expensive), but from what I can gather, it seems initiatives like DC’s “New 52,” and Marvel’s “Marvel NOW,” are fully embracing everything that sucked about comics in the 90′s. Characters are going “dark” or “extreme” again; storylines are “gritty” and “edgy.”
I wrote a piece yesterday about Superman’s new black costume and “dark” look, which will debut in March, and now Marvel is getting in on the act by making Spider-man “dark” when his old flagship title Amazing Spider-man, relaunches under the Marvel NOW banner as The Superior Spider-man. Apparently Spidey will have a re-worked costume with lots of black in it (because black is totally badass, bro), sharp edges everywhere, facial webbing that’s “angry” and “alien,” and a claw on his big toe:
Peter Parker has spent a lifetime living up to the responsibilities his powers foisted upon him but his Amazing story finally ends dramatically in the historic Spider-Man #700. NOW! the new Spider-Man has arrived and he is better in every single way. Smarter, stronger…Superior.
“Spider-Man has learned a lot during his time as a super hero, making him not just amazing anymore, he’s more than that,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment, in a news release. “Dan and Ryan have Spider-Man on a path that will challenge him in every way. Just because Spider-Man is Superior, it doesn’t mean things are even close to getting easier.”
So…wait…is this “Superior” Spider-man even Peter Parker? Are we dealing with another Ben Reilly/Clone Saga situation here? Because that worked out soooo well the last time, right? Dan Slott, what’s the deal?
Oh. Okayyyyy. Um, so this is a new Spidey. Well, that sucks far worse than any costume change. Oh wait, hang on, there’s more to this press release:
Now I am legitimately confused. Maybe I am just really old and out of touch with all of these changes. If it keeps the dying comics industry alive and thriving with the demographic that really matters – kids and teenagers – then who am I to say that some dude running around in a darker Spider-man suit with claws and a bunch of new powers sucks? Like anything else in comics, it’s the story that matters. If this was done for pure shock value with nothing to back it up, then we can write it off as crap, but if there’s a compelling narrative behind it that enriches and advances Peter’s life, these aesthetic changes can be overlooked.
However, for now, I’m just going to say it sucks.