Comics Daily will be gearing up for a return on Monday with a review of Amazing Spider-Man #545 and, you can be sure, there’s going to be plenty of commentary on the matter.
For now, I’m going to pad out the week with a hastily constructed Op/Ed piece. I’d like to invite some preliminary discussion of the ramifications of One More Day. Specifically, what do you think the damage – if any – is going to be in the long term?
Incoherant rambling and some spoilers for OMD below the cut…
So, the new status quo sees the following things:
The big one – the removal of Pete & MJ’s marriage from all history.
The almost as huge one – Harry Osborn is alive again.
The not so big one – The unmasking has also been erased.
and finally, the minor one – we’re back to non-organic webshooters.
From these facts alone, it’s clear that decades of Spider-Continuity has been utterly shot to pieces, then set alight, and then the remains urinated upon. But we shouldn’t let continuity get in the way of a good story, right?
For what it’s worth, I think it’s only fair to remind everyone that there’s nothing to suggest that the Brand New Day status quo won’t be temporary. In any case, the BND creators all look fantastic and there’s a lot to suggest that the stories they’ve got lined up are going to be excellent, regardless of what continuity they’re adhering to. They’ve created an intentionally classic setup for Spidey, returning him to the centre of a wide supporting cast and given him a new rogue’s galley.
Unfortunately, it won’t count for jack if there’s no-one left to read it. Which brings us to the question that matters – Just how many people are going to be buying BND?
Right now, I’m not so sure whether I am. The idea of Jackpot and the new cast and creators does appeal to me, but on the other hand, I almost can’t believe the events of One More Day – they’ve erased a lot about the Spider-Man I knew, and what’s more, they’ve erased some recent stories that I bought. I thought the Organic Webshooters idea made sense, and I loved the unmasking, but they’re both gone. The laughably similar Spider-Man: Disassembled and The Other, a pair of near-identical stories where Spidey “dies” then receives new powers, were both almost entirely ignored by anyone whose name isn’t Peter David. Did we ever see those “stingers” outside of FNSM once The Other was over? I don’t think so. In any case, they’re both gone now despite neither really receiving a proper follow-up.
So, the question I think I have to answer is whether I really want to buy more Spider-Man comics when there’s a fairly good chance the stories will all be erased and ignored. What is there to go on, besides pure blind faith, that suggests Brand New Day’s stories will be lasting and relevant to the character? After all, the reality they’re being told is is practically built to fall apart at the drop of a hat…
To be honest, I don’t think I’m really going to know what I’m going to do until I’ve got Amazing #546 on the shelf in front of me. The Spider-Man property has been through a lot in the last 10-15 years, but not since the end of the Clone Saga has it ever felt more like make-or-break time…