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This Week In Spider-Man – 1/10/2018

This week I’m covering Spider-Man vs. Deadpool #26, which I’m honestly still trying to process and Venom #160, in which we try to remember who has what symbiote. So if you’re like me and you’re wondering why Deadpool has a long grey beard & Spider-Man’s in a wheelchair, let’s go find out!

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Last Week in Spider-Man

I have a confession to make: I’ve been a terrible comic book fan. Not to say that there’s a wrong way one can be a comic book fan, unless you happened to think DC’s Countdown to Final Crisis was just the bee’s knees. No, my failing comes with the fact that I simply haven’t been keeping up with my favorite characters; not even my all-time favorite comic book character, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The last time I was up to date on Spider-Man comics was around the time Peter Parker managed to get his body back from Doctor Octopus, which was all the way back in the spring of 2014. A lot was happening back then, and I put off reading comics for a while. When I finally entertained the idea of getting caught up, seeing as how I was reading most of the non-X-Men related stuff Marvel was putting out at the time, I kept putting off what seemed like a mountain of backlog to get through. That mountain grew bigger & bigger until I eventually reached my current decision: Screw the backlog, I’m just gonna jump onto the Spider-Man books where ever they happen to be right now & go from there. My comic fandom as an adult had been re-ignited when I jumped onto the Spidey books out of the blue in 2005 so I figured it was apropos.

So, thus begins a new weekly feature here on Comicdom Wrecks! that I’m calling “This Week in Spider-Man”, where I’ll go through whatever new Spider-issues have come out that week & review them from my point of view as a lapsed fan. It’ll go up sometime after Wednesday, when new issues come out, but before the end of the following Tuesday, when more new issues come out. And if you’re wondering why the inaugural edition of this is called “Last Week in Spider-Man”, it’s because the muses didn’t strike me with this idea until late last week. Since the only week I’d missed was the first of the year & it was only one issue, I decided to cover it.

This week we cover Spider-Man #236, where the numbering alone would confuse the hell out me even if I weren’t several years behind. Now, onward to the adventures of the spider people, dear readers!

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Review: “Justice League”

Some minor and mild spoilers below.

I watched this movie as a fan. I’m by no means a comic book historian or expert; I’m only read maybe 20 issues of anything. I know most of the back stories of the major protagonists and a little bit of Steppenwolf’s history. So, you won’t see any grumbling about how this character wasn’t like the books or how Steppenwolf was apparently different from his comic incarnation. I watched the movie as a fan.

What I watched was a very entertaining, pretty good movie.

For the rest of the review, go to my page, HERE.

The Early Art of Joe St. Pierre

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So I’m reading some Spider-Man comics from the mid 90’s and stumbled across the the 1995 mini-series “Planet of the Symbiotes”. In this story, Eddie Brock tries to separate himself from the Venom symbiote, which causes it to freak out & send a telepathic distress message into space, which brings a whole mess of symbiotes to Earth. Turns out that there’s an entire race of the things that travels the galaxy and bonds with different lifeforms, consuming their energy until they’re dead & then moving onto the next planet. The Venom symbiote we all know and love was actually exiled from their society for wanting to permanently bond with a host & actually live with it rather than just use it up as fast as possible and leave behind a dead husk. What a loser, right?! It was marooned on Battleworld until Spider-Man found it during Secret Wars. Anyway, Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, and Venom team up to fight off the symbiotes & save the day.

The point I should be getting to here is that issue two of this series, Spider-Man Super Special #1 (it ran in “super specials” off all the Spider titles at the time; Amazing, Spectacular, Web of, etc.) was drawn buy a guy named Joe St. Pierre.  St. Pierre hadn’t been in the business that long, having gotten his start in 1992. His art style…I can only describe it like this: It’s like somebody got Todd McFarlane good & hammered drunk and had him pencil a Spider-Man book.  Take a look for yourself.

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Joe St. Pierre is still working today and he did go on to get a lot better. Just goes to show you that any artist would most likely be better served cultivating their own style instead of trying to mimic someone else’s.

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Legacy characters and alternate versions

The Twitter exchange you see below is from a while ago, but it is a topic I have been thinking about off an on.  The gist of it is that Comic Pro A (red) is bragging how Marvel has been on top without their most popular character, Wolverine, 3 years.  (I remember this came up when defending the sales of Marvel Comics, but Twitter isn’t the easiest to search.)  This struck me as odd, since the last I seen there were actual multiple Wolverines running around.  And honestly, I had actually forgotten that the original had died, or something.  There were some replies agreeing with their sentiment, and hoping that the original Wolverine would return.  However, there were some replies that had the same sentiment as I did.  It is these replies that I want to focus on, because I think the disagreement is more interesting.  The gray and black boxes are fans, and the blue box is another professional.

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There are two things I am picking up here:  they do not consider legacy characters to be the character they are replacing and they do not consider alternate versions of the character to be that character.  I have issues with both of those sentiments, because history shows them both to be wrong.  (more…)

Words of Wisdom

Remember, you are only one person.  I know that this is a crazy idea, but just because you know or think something doesn’t mean that everyone else knows or thinks the same thing.  I’ll give you an example.  Last year, before Man of Steel came out, I got into a discussion with a friend who thought that it was pointless to put the destruction of Krypton into the movie because everyone already knew the origin of Superman.  By including the origin, they were just wasting time.  We went back and forth for a while, with my argument being that they hadn’t shown the origin in a movie since 1978.  Even if you consider Smallville, it had been 10 years since they had gone over it.  Like most arguments amongst our friends, it ended with an agreement to disagree.  A little while after that, someone asked said friend’s girlfriend to say what the origin of Superman was.  Needless to say, I laughed hysterically when I was told the story.

But as much as I like making fun of friends, that’s not the moral of the story.  Ultimately, each one of you are only one person that has created your individuality in what you have experienced and what you believe.  This individuality is great, but you have to remember that it is your own and no one else’s.  You may think that anything relating to Marvel and DC and superheroes is ridiculous crap, and that’s fine.  You may think that all webcomics are utterly terrible, and that’s fine.  You may be averse reading anything not published by the “Big 2,” and that’s alright.  Those are all your individual opinions and likes/dislikes.

Everybody is different.  And different is good.  Different is alright.  It is good to have variety within the comics community.  Having variety means that you may come across a creation that you would never have thought you’d like.  I mainly read superhero books.  That’s where my comic focus has always been.  Roughly 7 years ago, I came across a little title called Fables.  Up until reading Fables, I only thought comic books should be about superheroes.  Fantasy is great as a genre, but I thought it should be reserved for movies, television, and books.  Comics were a place for superheroes.  If everyone shared this belief, then Fables would not exist.  And that would not be a good thing.  Fables has become my favorite title, and 10 years ago, I would never have imagined that I’d ever read anything other than superhero titles.  It was good that not everyone shared my opinion of what content should be in comic books.  Had there not been variety, I never would have had the chance to buy books like Fables, Mice Templar, and The Circle, to name a few.

I think I’ve gone off on a tangent, but my point is that not everyone knows and thinks the same things that you do.  And that good.  When you find yourself not interested in something, that’s fine.  Maybe it’s not for you.  Maybe you’re not the target audience, and that’s okay.  Everything shouldn’t be marketed to you, because you are not everyone.  You are one person, and everyone doesn’t have to think or already know everything you do.  The world is better that way.