It’s safe to say the comic book editing bug has officially bitten me…as I unviel the first of no less than three Amazing Spider-Man projects I’ve been working on today. I actually made this one as a gift for one of my old friends over on Rangerboard who is a massive Gwen stan.
I often tease Gwen fans a lot on places like Youtube and Comicvine. I’ve never really gotten her appeal and my introduction to her as a comics reader was…well..the story where she died, and the more I read up on her, the less I liked her, greatly preferring Mary Jane.
So why would I bother with this? Well, first there is the afore-mentioned Gwen stan friend of mine, the second is the issue part of this book is based on, “What If Gwen Stacy Had Lived” is a bit of an underlooked treasure in the Marvel vaults, rarely if ever reprinted or collected, but it’s actually written fairly well, Peter is in character, and the situation is somewhat believable.
For people constantly clamouring for a continuity where Gwen is alive and happy with Peter, they usually find themselves in short supply, so there’s that too. For many, the Night Gwen Stacy died set the tone for the rest of Spider-Man’s life, some will say it led to a better life, but for some, the days spent hanging out at the discos and coffe beans with all your college friends and first loves is a dream one wishes they could never wake up from.
Just be thankful I didn’t add anything from Sins Past in this.
Five days to go until the return of the real Peter and MJ folks…make your way to your LCS on November 9th and support this release so they can come home to 616 where they belong.
Also, take note of the poster on Annie’s wall…Carol Danvers as she presently looks, meaning this is an alternative present and not the late 80s/early 90s retro world the Battleworld version of RYV was set in last year
Like with a lot of things, Marvel have the monkey’s paw attached to whatever it is the fans want…you wanted a happily married Peter? Well you’re getting an MJ who’s going to fight crime alongside him with his daughter. You’re getting The InWebbables (ok, bad pun)
It makes total sense to distinguish MJ from the MJ of the newspaper strip (who remains a normal girl caught up in a mad world and loves every bit of it) and MC2 (where MJ was a concerned, but relatively stable parent who could be a rock and mentor to her husband and daughter), and the fact this MJ is willing to gut it out and be there for her family shows how tiresome and stale the Mephistoverse version has become, and why it’s time to put her and the Amazingly stupid devil dealing Spider-Man Child out to pasture.
Peter being a father works, Peter being an active superhero and a father has only been tried in a few short stories published way back in 2008 during the infancy of Brand New Day, and it was buried in a mere few pages of a large anthology magazine that didn’t last too long. Now the premise has larger legs and is poised to take bolder footsteps. It’s not afraid to be different or take a risk, and it should be commended for that, all manners of risk should be rewarded, succeed or fail, especially if it lines up with something the fans want to see.
Parker Industries with a family man Peter would also have been a must-buy for me, same with Superior. Things like this can be enhanced with a married Spider-Man, different kinds of stories can be told, stakes can be higher. That’s what I want out of RYV, for there to be not just a great family dynamic, but the tensions and perils that can come attached to a seemingly never-ending devotion to power and responsibility. The Spider-Man myth has always been about more than just one man in the world, he owes everything to the likes of characters like MJ forging him into the best he can possibly be, and with her at his side more frequently, he can only get better.