#2 – Is This Seriously the Best They Could Do?
Let’s say for a moment that Joe Quesada was right. Peter Parker’s marriage to Mary Jane was dragging Spider-Man down. Stories were boring. Sales were hurting. The fans were clamoring for an end to the marriage and something needed to be done.
Even if that were the case, the sloppy, heavy-handed solution brought about in “One More Day” was the best Quesada could come up with? Even with J. Michael Straczynski and all the writers of Marvel at his disposal? A deal with the devil and then a fast and quick resolution that changes everything and explains nothing. Oh wait, they do offer an explanation. “Everything still happened the same, people just remember it happening differently.” For example here’s the way Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 actually happened:
Ah yes, who could forget the issue where Peter showed off his snazzy new tux. A classic moment in the character’s history. Come on. You have to admit, that’s a little lame and a little lazy. It’s almost as if they simply wanted to change things and said “Don’t worry, we’ll explain it later. If we get around to it.”