An open letter to Joe Quesada

News Sarah Dobbs 5 Dec 2007 - 10:21
Spiderman One More Day

Sarah loves Spider-Man. That much we know. She's not terribly keen on the current One More Day story arc, though, and wanted to let Marvel's head honcho know...

I don't know where to start with this, I'm just writing through the red haze of rage that's just descended in front of my eyes. So I apologise in advance if this is somewhat less coherent than usual, but I just need to scream. And scream, and scream, and scream.

I know I should probably wait for the next issue of the One More Day arc, the final one, which might not be as bad as I currently think it will be, given the cliffhanger the current issue ended on. But by then it'll be too late; the deed will be done. The schedule for One More Day has been messed around so many times, and plagued by so many delays, that it's entirely possible the next issue won't be out for months and might not even be finished yet. Now is clearly the time to moan. And if everything turns out okay in the end, I guess I'll issue a public apology. For now, this is what I want to say to Joe Q:

Dear Mr Quesada,

Firstly, congratulations. It's generally accepted that without you, Marvel Comics would not be in very good shape. I like the Ultimate imprints; they're very cute, and I generally prefer buying trades than single issues, so you're all good on that front, too. I'll even concede that your art is pretty nice. But we need to talk about some other stuff that's going on at Marvel at the moment.

Namely, One More Day. I'd also like to ask just what on Earth happened with Heroes for Hire (although I know that what happened was 'Zeb Wells took over the writing' - I actually want to know why, and how come no-one noticed it was rapidly becoming unreadable crap) but that's another chat for another day. Right now, I am mostly concerned with the fact that Spider-Man seems to be making a deal with the devil.

Seriously, I get that he's desperate. Aunt May's on the verge of finally kicking the bucket, and no-one in the Marvel Universe, not even Tony Stark nor Stephen Strange, has been able to help. But making a deal with Mephisto? Is that really the way we've come to expect Peter Parker to act? It's not, is it. You know that as well as I do, Joe. (Can I call you Joe?) Pete might be confused as all hell right now - this is right after Civil War, after all - but I don't think he'd sink so low as to turn to Mephisto for help. At the very least, Peter has enough pop-culture savvy to know that deals with the devil in the movies never, ever end well; there's always a catch, always something above and beyond required of you, even more than the sacrifice you think you've made. Peter isn't that stupid.

And even if he weren't that stupid, Aunt May is an old lady now. If she doesn't die from this particular bullet, she's going to die of something, and it's not going to take very long. It's not a good deal. And it's not one that May would want Peter to make!

I'm not convinced that Peter would make a deal with Mephisto to save May's life no matter what the terms were. No matter what. But when the stakes are so high - his whole marriage, his love for Mary Jane - then definitely not. You're basically asking Peter to choose between May and MJ, and, considering he's a grown adult, that's just not even a choice. It's just not. It doesn't make sense on any level. (Especially on the level where Mephisto thinks that he'd somehow benefit from splitting up Peter and Mary Jane - that's nonsense!)

But all of that is by the by, isn't it? Basically, all I'm doing is criticising the ham-fisted way you've decided to spin out a story that will achieve what you ultimately want: to remove Mary Jane from the story. And that's the real problem here, not the fact that you've got Spidey acting completely out of character, doing something that makes no sense whatsoever.

I wish I knew what your issue with Mary Jane is. She's awesome! Sure, I'm a massive Black Cat fan, but even I know that Felicia and Peter aren't a good match. Peter and MJ, though, works. (At least, it does when you haven't got writers making Peter out to be the self-obsessed idiot he currently is.) MJ needs to be there. Peter needs someone to keep him grounded, someone to tie him to the real, non-superpowered world. Yes, sometimes he has to rescue her from supervillains, but that isn't her fault. Recently, Peter has told her to stay locked up safely, but she doesn't want to, because she has her own life to live. That's important. It's also important that some superheroes are in normal, steady relationships with normal people.

And again on an outside-the-story level, Peter and Mary Jane is the relationship that fans are invested in. The geek got the girl - the beautiful, intelligent, fun girl - and they managed to stay together, through thick and thing, because they love one another. Splitting them up doesn't do anyone any good. For heaven's sake, Mary Jane is in the Spider-Man movies, and that's where new Spider-Man fans are going to come from!

If you're desperate to write stories about a young, single, unattached Spider-Man, well, didn't you create Ultimate Spider-Man exactly for that reason? Retconning away twenty years of continuity isn't going to do anything but make fans really, really angry. You're not making Dallas, here. No-one needs to step out of the shower and discover it was all a dream. Getting rid of the Spider-marriage by pressing a magic button is monumentally stupid: from a story point of view, and from a comics-selling point of view.

Please don't do it.

Please.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Dobbs

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They have been messing around with Spiderman for years and even though the core of the character is great when you think about it when was the last time you actually read a 'good' spiderman story? Me I would say the beginning of the JMS stuff (with the Spider-totem stuff) or anything Dan Slott has written such as the Free comic book Day books but 'in-continuity' Spiderman comes with so much continuity baggage that sometimes its just difficult to read. We have had soft reboot after soft reboot for years with the organic web shooter issues a few years ago then the Spider-stinger vs Morlum terribleness in 'The Other' then the Scarlet Spider armour all of which were terrible stories that only muddied the water. I agree the character needs a offical reboot but agree with Sarah completly that a deal with the devil scenario is a cop-out and a storytelling cliche - ( up there with it was a dream. alternative universe and memory wipes) and I blame Joe Q and co for the sorry state of affairs as they have written themselves into a corner with the de-masking. As I suggestion hand the whole lot over to Dan Slott and get him to expand what he is doing in She-Hulk an the Initative by taking the rich texture of the Marvel U and making realistic and thoughtful explanations for writing or continuity errors that appease the fansboys and once the whole mess is sorted out will not only keep them happy but also appeal to new readers as well.

>when was the last time you actually read a 'good' spiderman story?

Most months, in Ultimate Spider-Man.

Really, Joe Q is about to completely kill 616 Spidey continuity. I cannot take it seriously after this. And this is coming from someone who actually LIKED the Clone Saga (well. Parts of it.).

It's Ultimate all the way for me, now. It continues to be an (almost) consistently entertaining book, and is far truer to the spirit of the character (and far more in line with the movie franchise) than the main titles have been for years. Bendis appears to be the only writer Marvel have who knows how to write the character (his appearances in New Avengers bear this out, as well).

Until they take the sort of approach that DC have begun to take with Batman and Superman (i.e. being a bit more lax with continuity in order to just try and tell good iconic stories that rely more on the core *elements* than the ins-and-outs of character history - not that it's working perfectly for DC at the moment, but at least they're trying), then Spidey will just get mired further and further in a tangled web (ahem).

And I've thought for a while now that Joe Q was long past his time as EIC, as well. Did some great stuff at the start of the decade, no doubt about it. But he clearly wend mad with power, like that Albert Schweitzer guy, some time ago.

Spidey works best when not mired in continuity month on month Ultimate Spiderman is the best Spidey book on the shelf ( With Marvel Adventures not far behind). The rest of the Ultimate line.. well Ultimates is superb when it comes out, Ultimate FF is patchy and Ultimate X-Men is unreadable. If they just stuck to Ultimate Spidey there would be no need for a 616 re-boot or the new 'Ultimatum' cross over that is coming soon. Spiderman comics at the moment really do confirm to the old saying of the more you fiddle with things the worse it gets and could eventually break..or fall off!

Marvel Adventures is WONDERFUL. I got the issue where the Black Cat takes him museum-robbing and it is the cutest thing I've ever seen and I adore it.

Marvel Adventures rule - Jeff Park and co are doing a great job. My fav so far.. the Avengers Modok issue, just genius.

Here's a wacky idea! If Joe Q wants to break Spidey and MJ up, then... just have them break up. Real couples do that all the time, and Mephisto is seldom involved.

Ron: Yeah, but then Spidey would seem even older. Plus it's not part of Joe Q's bizarre youth fantasy to have a failed marriage.

'It's also important that some superheroes are in normal, steady relationships with normal people.' I wonder what that's like? Haha - sorry.

They have been messing around with Spiderman for years and even though the core of the character is great when you think about it when was the last time you actually read a 'good' spiderman story? Me I would say the beginning of the JMS stuff (with the Spider-totem stuff) or anything Dan Slott has written such as the Free comic book Day books but 'in-continuity' Spiderman comes with so much continuity baggage that sometimes its just difficult to read. We have had soft reboot after soft reboot for years with the organic web shooter issues a few years ago then the Spider-stinger vs Morlum terribleness in 'The Other' then the Scarlet Spider armour all of which were terrible stories that only muddied the water. I agree the character needs a offical reboot but agree with Sarah completly that a deal with the devil scenario is a cop-out and a storytelling cliche - ( up there with it was a dream. alternative universe and memory wipes) and I blame Joe Q and co for the sorry state of affairs as they have written themselves into a corner with the de-masking. As I suggestion hand the whole lot over to Dan Slott and get him to expand what he is doing in She-Hulk an the Initative by taking the rich texture of the Marvel U and making realistic and thoughtful explanations for writing or continuity errors that appease the fansboys and once the whole mess is sorted out will not only keep them happy but also appeal to new readers as well.

>when was the last time you actually read a 'good' spiderman story?

Most months, in Ultimate Spider-Man.

Really, Joe Q is about to completely kill 616 Spidey continuity. I cannot take it seriously after this. And this is coming from someone who actually LIKED the Clone Saga (well. Parts of it.).

It's Ultimate all the way for me, now. It continues to be an (almost) consistently entertaining book, and is far truer to the spirit of the character (and far more in line with the movie franchise) than the main titles have been for years. Bendis appears to be the only writer Marvel have who knows how to write the character (his appearances in New Avengers bear this out, as well).

Until they take the sort of approach that DC have begun to take with Batman and Superman (i.e. being a bit more lax with continuity in order to just try and tell good iconic stories that rely more on the core *elements* than the ins-and-outs of character history - not that it's working perfectly for DC at the moment, but at least they're trying), then Spidey will just get mired further and further in a tangled web (ahem).

And I've thought for a while now that Joe Q was long past his time as EIC, as well. Did some great stuff at the start of the decade, no doubt about it. But he clearly wend mad with power, like that Albert Schweitzer guy, some time ago.

Spidey works best when not mired in continuity month on month Ultimate Spiderman is the best Spidey book on the shelf ( With Marvel Adventures not far behind). The rest of the Ultimate line.. well Ultimates is superb when it comes out, Ultimate FF is patchy and Ultimate X-Men is unreadable. If they just stuck to Ultimate Spidey there would be no need for a 616 re-boot or the new 'Ultimatum' cross over that is coming soon. Spiderman comics at the moment really do confirm to the old saying of the more you fiddle with things the worse it gets and could eventually break..or fall off!

Marvel Adventures is WONDERFUL. I got the issue where the Black Cat takes him museum-robbing and it is the cutest thing I've ever seen and I adore it.

Here's a wacky idea! If Joe Q wants to break Spidey and MJ up, then... just have them break up. Real couples do that all the time, and Mephisto is seldom involved.

Marvel Adventures rule - Jeff Park and co are doing a great job. My fav so far.. the Avengers Modok issue, just genius.

Ron: Yeah, but then Spidey would seem even older. Plus it's not part of Joe Q's bizarre youth fantasy to have a failed marriage.

'It's also important that some superheroes are in normal, steady relationships with normal people.' I wonder what that's like? Haha - sorry.

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