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Casual Saturdays: Letter to Marvel Concerning Amazing Spider-Man Family 1 August 16, 2008

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The following was an email I sent to Marvel earlier this week about Amazing Spider-Man Family #1. Since it is sort of a review, I thought I’d put it up here.

Dear Spidey Office:

I just finished reading Amazing Spider-Man Family #1, and it was definitely worth the $5 cover price.

“48 Hours” surprised me as easily the best tale in the issue. I have read many stories attempting to chronicle the early start of Spider-Man, and this was probably the best one yet (except for Stan and Steve’s original, of course!)

The story concerning Spider-Monkey, on the other hand, was just plain ridiculous. I felt embarrassed just to have read it when I finished, luckily it was very short. I wasn’t intending to buy Marvel Apes, but now I know I’m not even going to go near it.

Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man was the only reason I picked up this issue, and I will admit that I was very pleased. The story had all the elements I wanted it to, and was still an entertaining Spider-Man tale. Indeed, I was planning on reading this ongoing series entirely for this feature, imagine my disdain when I read your closing page and found this was only a one-time deal! I don’t want to read Spider-Girl, because it doesn’t star Peter Parker. Is it too much to ask for a regular story starring Peter as Spider-Man, with Mary Jane as his wife? Please, PLEASE, make this feature a regular ASAP. I may or may not continue reading this series, but if you bring Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man back, I’ll read every issue!

“Birthday Girl” was fairly entertaining and provided a nice look at a supporting character (this time, Aunt May) and I wouldn’t mind more stories like this.

Finally, the Venom reprint was exactly what a reprint should be. I’ve found that reprints often only have a little to do with the story they are associated with. But the origin of Venom looks to be very relevant in the upcoming New Ways to Die! Keep up the good work! (Though I’d really appreciate if you’d reprint issues that aren’t from Amazing Spider-Man, since I’ve read every issue – yes, all of them – but I’ve read next to nothing of Spectacular or Web of).

I realize this is a long letter to be marked “Okay to Print,” so if you do print it, feel free to cut out portions that you think are unnecessary (just leave in my request for more Mr. and Mrs.!) One final note, I notice on your closing page you said, “Seeya in November!” but the next issue of Family comes out in October. Surely you meant you’d see us in November, when some great issues of regular Amazing Spider-Man come out, right? (Do I get a No-Prize now? 😉 )

-M. Staples aka LOTRKing
P.S. If you print this, it would be insanely awesome if you include the address for my comic book review blog: http://LOTRKing.wordpress.com

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Review of Amazing Spider-Man 564 (2.5 stars) July 9, 2008

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My review can be found here (the second review down). This is in accordance with this announcement.

-LOTRKing

Review of Amazing Spider-Man 563 (3.5 stars) June 17, 2008

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Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

First off, that has got to be the funniest cover. Ever. If you can’t read the captions on the small picture above, click here for a full sized picture.

Gale almost redeems himself this time for the letdown that was last issue. How? This issue was just plain hilarious, that’s how. While I can see how some might find this issue to be cheesy, I thought it was a fresh break in programming to devote a week entirely to laughs. We pick up right where we left off with Spidey in a bar full of villains, the inevitable brawl ensues before the bartender breaks it up, noting that his bar is a safe-haven from cops, and that Spidey definitely is no friend of the cops. Spider-Man quickly gets the info he is looking for as he learns where the Bookie lives (Jersey of all places!)

Cue funniness as Spidey meets the Bookie’s father and learns that the Bookie has been kidnapped by the Enforcers, and is convinced to take the father with him. As the dad and Spidey share all kinds of goofy remarks on the “transit” there, the Enforcers, on Coney Island, hook the Bookie up to various rides in order to “teach him a lesson.” When Spider-Man arrives, various fights result, and we get plenty of classic Spidey humor as all of the characters interact with one another and the story of what is really going on is slowly revealed. This story takes so many twists and turns (like a carnival ride, which I’m assuming was the intent), that it is hard to accurately summarize, but it should be enough to simply say, as I already have, there is plenty here to keep you chuckling. Anyone who needs a good laugh, pick this up.

-LOTRKing

Review of Amazing Spider-Man 562 (2.5 stars) June 11, 2008

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Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

This issue was fairly entertaining, except for the fact that it was a big cop out, but I’ll get to that later. It starts showing that ramifications of Peter being “blacklisted” by Bennett as he is still unable to find a job before quickly reintroducing us to the Bookie, and his normal hideaway The Bar with No Name. Here we see that a Z-list villain, named the Basher, is challenging Spider-Man to a duel using You-Tube. The Bookie takes bets on whether Spidey will show up, and several outcomes if he does. I’ll admit, this Bookie character was starting to seem rather interesting, but we soon learn that he is fixing the bet to make money, but once again, I’m jumping ahead of myself.

Eventually the story moves forward to Peter watching the scene where the Basher has challenged Spider-Man, just to make sure nothing happens, and having no intention to make an appearance as Spidey. Soon, another Spider-Man shows up on the scene and knocks out the Basher. What with foreshadowing earlier in the issue, Peter’s line of thinking, and heck, fairly frequent advertising of this issue in other Marvel mags, it seemed like we would finally find out something about the Spider-Tracer Killer mystery. Nope. Turns out this Spidey is actually Screwball (Yup, the lamest super-villain of the year is back! Just what you’ve all been waiting for!) whose bail was paid by the Bookie in exchange for her dressing up like Spidey and fighting Basher just so the Bookie could “cash in” on his bet.

Cheap, very cheap. I can understand the “Braintrust” wanting to keep the suspense about the STK building so when that storyline does come about it is shocking and revealing, but they can’t tease us by practically telling us the mystery will begin to be solved, especially by hinting this issue is going to be important through mass advertising just to cheat us in the end. That is low. This is truthfully the first issue of Brand New Day that I was actually eagerly awaiting to read, but I feel severely let down.

As a standalone issue, it wasn’t too bad. In fact, for the first half, I was quite entertained, Gale is probably my favorite writer out of the Braintrust (I love Freak, he’s my favorite new Spidey villain since Morlun), and his writing here was strong, I wouldn’t mind seeing him take over Spidey full time (with Phil Jiminez in tow!), but I still can’t help feeling a little cheated. It’d be as if a LOST commercial promised: “Next week, learn all the secrets of The Monster!” only to reveal in that episode that “The Monster” is also the name of Dharma station that was nothing but a spare parts storage facility. Hopefully next week, I’ll have put my disappointment aside and be able to enjoy Spidey taking on a bar full of villains.

-LOTRKing

Review of Amazing Spider-Man 561 (3.5 stars) June 4, 2008

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Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Before I can even comment about this issue, I have to ask, was anyone completely freaked out by the definite return to 90s style ad on the inside of the front cover? Now, I love the 90s, that’s when my childhood took place, but that was definitely the decade of insanely annoying and way too busy magazine ads. (I should know, I read Disney Adventures as a kid, and looking the comics of the decade, I can’t believe I forgot how annoying the ads were!) I’m seriously hoping that we don’t see a return to the style of ad where you cram as many things onto one page as possible. I’ll take the incredibly cheesy ads of the 60s and 70s any day! At least they only advertised toys and kits that were guaranteed not to work.

Now that that rant is over, I have to admit to rather enjoying this issue. It opens as we finally learn the story of Paper Doll, and while I still find her annoying teen girl crush on Bobby Carr to be, well, annoying (Brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Dept.!), it is certainly more forgivable and she has earned a place in my rankings of cool supervillains. As Peter keeps an eye on Bobby and tries to get a shot of his “mystery girl,” Paper Doll shows up, and Pete leaves his camera behind to step into action. The fight that ensues is both well written and (surprisingly, given my dislike of Marcos Martin’s art) well depicted. I can also honestly say that I was in suspense for the first time since the beginning of Brand New Day. (I’m just as surprised at that fact as you, given my constant BND beat downs!) I even cringed when Spidey got his arm flattened. (I never fully understood how it “got better.” Maybe it was the same method of healing as when one turns into a newt.)

Of course, the battle is only half the fun. Throughout the issue are many instances when Peter comes close to finding out exactly who Bobby’s girl is, only to be distracted. Likewise, it appears that rumors that MJ still remembers “life before Mephisto” are true (or at least, that is certainly what is hinted.) While I am slightly annoyed that month old rumors are indeed true (can’t we get some writers who surprise us with something unexpected?), I am glad that this connection to the world as it was exists. If MJ does remember things as they should be (emphasis on should), we maintain the window of hope that things may be restored.

While the fight may have been the climax, the highlight is when Peter finally tells Bennett to more or less shove paparazzi work up his, well, you know where. It looks as though Peter finally remembered his sense of responsibility. We get two concluding scenes as Peter is moving into his new apartment. Though nothing of interesting happens here, we do get some fun Easter Eggs on his moving boxes. One of them is marked “flux capacitor” (looks like Bob Gale still snuck in, even if he isn’t writing this issue!) and another is “Copies of Webs.” Nice to know that someone still knows something about Spidey continuity (they even got Secret Hospital right later on!) Which leads to the second ending, when Sara Ehret (aka the person who Jackpot told Spidey was her secret identity) sees MJ at the airport and asks for her autograph, and seems to have never met her before. Yet another mystery surrounding Jackpot that I am eager to see solved!

-LOTRKing

Review of Amazing Spider-Man 560 (3 stars) May 27, 2008

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Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Well, this certainly was an improvement over last issue, but it was still nothing spectacular. It opens with Paper Doll killing the waitress (the one that Bobby Carr struck last issue) in an extremely creepy way before we see more confrontations between Peter and Bobby, more of JJJ’s post-heart attack angst, and more of Harry’s disgust with Pete’s new line of work. We finally get back to the interesting stuff as the police discover the flattened body of the victim, with Vin, Al, and Carlie on the scene. If anything, these three characters (along with Freak) are my favorite thing to come out of BND, as the cops constant bickering about Spidey provides for a lot of humor. Also, despite my original comments on her similarities to Deb Whitman, Carlie is actually an interesting character. I realize she is supposed to be a love interest for Peter (and when that storyline finally happens, I may cease liking her), but a genius C.S.I. babe? It’s not hard to see why Vin has a crush on her.

As the story moves on, we see that Robbie feels guilty for the death of the waitress, as it was the DB photos that made her famous. He tries to rub this guilt off on Pete, and Pete reluctantly watches over a fellow photographer named Frankie Collins who he also recently photographed being assaulted by Carr. This is another annoying example of Peter’s recent lack of responsibility, he seemed to feel almost no remorse for the waitress’ death even though he partially had a hand in it! (Not to mention my already existing annoyance that he has become another member of the soulless sleaze-bucket paparazzi society!)

The climatic scene shows a fight between Paper Doll and Spidey as he fights to protect Frankie from being attacked. This scene was easily the most enjoyable, because it shows just how creepy Paper Doll is, though at the same time, reminds what makes her character so irritating. In a vacuum, Paper Doll is an extremely interesting and frightening character. She can flatten herself and “chameleon” herself onto walls, and can kill people by completely flattening (not crushing) them, not to mention her Edgar-Allen-Poe-poem-come-to-life look. But despite all of these cool attributes, she still is nothing but an extreme fangirl with a crush on a movie star. She is acting likely a really immature twelve year old girl. That’s not amusing, it’s stupid and annoying.

Finally at the end, we get the moment that we’ve been waiting for was Bobby Carr’s mystery girl is revealed to be: Mary Jane Watson! Now I could complain about the fact that her character had evolved to a deep character that was a loving wife to Peter has returned to her trashy, sleep with an ego-centric, moronic movie persona. Or the fact that Marcos Martin draws her horribly. But, instead I’m just going to be glad that she is finally back, because the return of MJ is one step closer to the return of the marriage (albeit a small one).

-LOTRKing

Review of Amazing Spider-Man 559 (2 stars) May 13, 2008

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Overall rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Please tell me I’m not the only one who hates the cover. The first time I ever saw a picture of it I made a sound like: “war-ahhh!” I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the cover just plain annoys me. I suppose it just way to looks anime-y and/or cartoony. Imagine my relief when I found out that the cover artist is not the interior artist. That was until I picked up the issue and saw that Spider-Man looked really feminine (especially around the eyes) and that the bodies were all oddly proportioned (especially the heads). I dunno, I may have preferred the cover artist to do the inside. And this is just the art.

When it comes to Avengers: The Initiative, Dan Slott is near genius, his Spider-Man, not so much. The story opens with a female villain (named Screwball of all things!) who streams her crimes live on the internet and who tries to escape Spidey before he shoots a tracer at her. Screwball, who believes what the papers say about the tracer killings, turns herself in to protect herself from death. And that’s it. We are introduced to a new villain, and five pages later she goes to jail. Unless she plays a bigger role later on (which I hope she doesn’t) her prescence here seemed completely pointless.

Later at the DB, Bennet tells Peter his photography style would be perfect for paparazzi photos and offers a huge sum for a pics of a visiting movie star, Bobby Carr (who seems to be modeled after Leonardo DiCaprio). Peter takes up the job, and sneaks into his private room to later take a picture of him hitting the room service woman. This is just yet another example of how OMD retconned his sense of responsibility. I’m in disbelief, he’s seriously using his “great powers” to take low-life paparazzi pictures? I’m on Aunt May’s side with this, this seems completely out of character. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear Pete was a Skrull (wouldn’t it be nice if that’s how they fixed OMD).

Shortly after this, it appears that the issue may get some redeeming as we meet a really creepy villain who appears to be able to turn invisible and flatten herself on a wall and has an extremely gothic look. (Not the annoying teen wannabe gothic look with pants covered in chains, she actually looks like she might have walked out of an Edgar Allen Poe poem.) I was almost an instant fan until we find out that she has an obsessive teengirl crush on Bobby Carr, and this seems to be her only driving motivation. Five bucks says she captures Carr, attempts to seduce him and Spider-Man will have to save him from her in the next two issues. Gosh, I’ve never read a story like that before. Well, except for the time that Pete and MJ’s landlord had an obsessive crush on MJ and Pete had to rescue her. Oh, or the fact that there was a similar story in almost every cheesy-drama cartoon I watched as a kid. Or the fact that such a story exists in many fairy tales. No, this is completely original. Please, please Slott, stick to the Initiative.

-LOTRKing

Review of Amazing Spider-Man 558 (3 stars) May 8, 2008

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Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars

As mentioned here, this begins the return of the reviews of Amazing Spider-Man. This issue itself was actually a little odd. The first half I didn’t really enjoy, while the second half was quite entertaining. We start with Peter having nightmare about Freak, before later telling Aunt May his plans to get an apartment. He feels guilty about leaving her alone, and almost seems to regret his decision. Just another example of the wonderful world of Brand New Day, an at-the-very-least-twenty-five-year-old Peter Parker doesn’t want to move away from the home he grew up in. Remind me again how his character has improved? To add insult to injury, Aunt May is secretly happy about him moving out. Too bad we couldn’t hear the rest of her thoughts: “Finally, he’s going to grow up and move out again. If only he would’ve married that wonderful Mary Jane girl, his life would be so much better. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be…”

Later, we get another Spider-Blooper as Spidey gives his cell phone number to Doc Connors, and we are reassured that he has a prepaid plan, and therefore his name is not registered with that number. What about January, when Betty called him and reassured him that his shortness of minutes wasn’t a problem because she “was in his five”? No prepaid plan that I know of offers perks like that. Moving on, we get the first enjoyable scene as JJJ seemingly comes to realize what Marla did was truly for the best. Things turn south again as Peter tries to save Hollister from Goblin Rip-off 2.0. This is the blessing and curse of Spider-Man quips: when done well, they can be witty and remarkably memorable lines. When not done well, they can be cheesy, groan worthy, and annoying. Unfortunately in this scene, they were the latter.

Finally, Spider-Man decides to leave Menace in attempts to meet Dr. Connors at Freak’s location before he emerges from the cocoon. Like any good superhero tale, Spidey arrives just a fraction too late, and must confront this new, seemingly invincible, Freak. Here we finally get the smart Spidey witticisms, and a fun fight between the two. Of course, it helps that Freak is the only character I like in this Brand New World, his addictions to drugs is played so well that what should be a sad story is actually quite funny. Said drug addiction is what finally defeats him in the end, and Pete and Curt are able to put him in stasis. The final page shows multiple reactions to the Menace attack, and we finally see that Freak was not taken away by a Hazmat unit, but by a truck belonging to Oscorp, hinting that Freak will likely play a role in the upcoming Norman Osborn/Venom/Anti-Venom story. I think this issue further reinforced my feelings towards BND: I have no problem with several parts of the reboot, such as a the return of Harry and the de-unmasking, the parts that are just plain annoying are the loss of the marriage and the de-maturing and de-evolving of Peter’s character.

-LOTRKing

Concerning Amazing Spider-Man….. April 21, 2008

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So I have a confession to make. I, like many others, have fallen into the trap that is Brand New Day. Yes, despite my best efforts to stay away and maintain righteous anger, Amazing Spider-Man has drawn me back in, but probably not in the way you think. It was early March when I had a bit of an epiphany: five years (or so) from now, ASM will either be in one of two places: either OMD will have been reversed, or it won’t, and if it is reversed, I will have started to read it again, and if it isn’t reversed, by that time I will likely have gotten curious enough to take a look into the new world that Spidey had established. Being the “completist” that I am, and since I own the Amazing Spider-Man Complete Collection DVD-ROM, either road would require to go back and buy all the issues that I missed while I had dropped the book. So in essence, I knew I was eventually going to buy the books that were coming out now, and decided to save myself the trouble of having to find the issues in back issue bins and on eBay by simply catching up on the few that I had already missed, and continuing on from there.

So there, I said it: despite my rantings and ravings from previous months, I eventually (and in a very short amount of time) returned back to ASM. So, what do I actually think of the issues that I so reluctantly am buying? Well, they haven’t been that bad. Some were more interesting than others; the “Freak” storyline was certainly the most interesting. At the same time, they haven’t been as insanely spectacular as Marvel has said they’d be, but I can see now why Marvel thought elements like Peter’s secret identity, webshooters, and the return of Harry would help the story, because this “Brand New World” certainly is interesting. However, the one thing I have yet to see as necessary is the erasure of the marriage. In fact, the stories occurring now would be almost the exact same if Pete and MJ were separated (as they were a few years back), as if the were never married. I guess what I’m trying to say is, that while a somewhat massive reboot may have been necessary, said reboot did not have to get rid of the marriage. Indeed, the marriage remains my favorite part of past Spidey stories, and you can bet that my future letters to Marvel will include a request for a return of the marriage. Heck, I wouldn’t even mind if they “re-married” and acted like it was the first time. Anyway, I’m rambling on, so I’ll just get to (and/or reiterate) the main points of this post: I have restarted on Amazing Spider-Man, and reviews will return with the next new issue, though I’m still angry about the loss of the marriage, and I continue to address it in future letters to Marvel, one of which I plan to write next week (no promises though!) and will post up here.

That’s enough rambling from me today.

-LOTRKing

Sequel to My Cancellation Letter to Marvel January 24, 2008

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Here is another letter that I have written to Marvel, please feel free to use any portions of it that you wish in your own letters to Marvel. I realize a few things I said in this letter were also said in my previous letter, but I highly doubt someone at Marvel is going to read this and think “Oh I remember this guy! Didn’t he mention that last time? He’s being a bit superfluous, I think…” Let’s all do what we can to abolish the horrific One More Day/Brand New Day!

January 24, 2008

To Whom It May Concern:

This is the second in a series of letters informing various members of Marvel Entertainment why I have cancelled my Spider-Man subscription and what it will take for me to resubscribe. With Amazing Spider-Man 545, Joe Quesada and J. Michael Straczynski not only erased my favorite fictional marriage and my favorite part of the Spider-Man comics, but they also made an immense change to the last twenty years of Spider-Man comics. I realize that in interviews, Joe Quesada has said that very little changes were made, the only major change being that the marriage never happened and that the unmasking was forgotten, supposedly, everything else is pretty much the same. This is completely false, and was simply Joe Quesada trying to assuage angered fans by telling them what they wanted to hear. If everything is for the most part the same, then Harry Osborn would be dead. Even if he had somehow still lived, why would he not still be married to his wife, Liz, whom he loved dearly? Would he have abandoned her and his son? Why would Peter still be supportive of Harry if he had abandoned his own son? If the answer is that Harry never had a son, then this is the major retcon that Joe Quesada purported to have never happened. Likewise, why are the webshooters back? Why is Aunt May’s house still in tact? What happened to all the money Peter had in his bank account before the Civil War? How is it that people like Daredevil and Wolverine have never figured out his identity? Are you retconning their powers away too? If the answer to all this is “it’s magic, we don’t have to explain it,” then you are insulting the intelligence of every Spider-Man reader out there. If you want your readers to have the intelligence of a second grader, I sincerely hope that every reader with an intelligence level above that stops reading and readership goes down by the tens of thousands, and I will be extremely vocal about this, and encourage all readers who feel the same to do the same.

Not only have you retconned away many of the important events mentioned above, but you also retconned away Peter’s sense of responsibility (which I still feel is the main theme of the series, despite tireless propaganda that the theme is youth; I have read every issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and I’ve always felt it was about responsibility, not youth). How? You claim that while Peter and MJ never got married, the stories mostly remained the same by saying they still deeply loved each other, just never married. First, aside from responsibility, Joe Quesada is contradicting himself here. In One More Day, Mephisto says that it is not the “wide brush strokes” that make major changes in one’s life, but rather the “tiniest of lines.” By this definition, something as “tiny” as not getting married should have had huge ramifications on the timeline, thus making major changes to the story. Joe Quesada has claimed that these major changes did not happen. So which is true, and at which point did Joe Quesada lie? Second, by saying that the story mostly remained the same, you are saying that Peter and MJ deeply loved each other, went through many trials together, almost had a child together before it died, and professed on many occasions that they loved each other “more than life itself” without ever getting married? I emphasize the part where they almost had a child together, are you telling me and thousands of readers that if Peter had gotten Mary Jane pregnant he would not have done the responsible thing and married her? This does not only make him completely lacking in responsibility, but it also makes him a jerk, one that I have no interest in reading about. This also changes Aunt May’s character; you don’t think she would have pushed Peter to marry MJ if MJ was pregnant? She would have just let her “innocent nephew” continue support MJ and their love child without encouraging them to get married? This is folly! This is major recharacterization we’re talking about here! Of course, maybe the pregnancy was retconned, but what happened to the part where only minor changes were made? No matter what angle it is taken from, Joe Quesada has lied to and insulted the readers, and yet you continue to encourage us to read the series from which the lies and insults spring forth? Nay, you encourage us to read them three times a month!

Not only are One More Day and Brand New Day sources of lies and insults, but they are complete failures. These steps were taken to attract younger, new readers, and set Spider-Man up for the next generation, no? I am nineteen years old, and I have been reading comics for less than a year, and in the space of one single issue, I have no desire to read Spider-Man, and I will not do so until the marriage is replaced AND the retcon is undone. I may return if one of the two happen, but it would depend on how it happened. I will certainly go online to find out what is happening in the comics, but this will only be so I can stay up to date in future letters to you and to know when and if the retcon is undone. So here is one young, new reader that is absolutely disgusted that you have removed my absolute favorite element of Spider-Man stories: the beautifully written marriage.

As I mentioned before, I have read every issue of Amazing Spider-Man, but this is through the DVD-ROM from GitCorp containing all the issues. (Unfortunately future DVD-ROMs similar to this one will never be made, because you have cancelled your contract with GitCorp, yet another insult to customers. Don’t try to sell your Online Unlimited comics crap to me, I hate the format of them, and they don’t have any of the original ads, letters pages, bullpen bulletins etc. Where do you think I learned so much Marvel history? From reading these letters pages and bullpen bulletins. Here is yet another way Marvel won’t be getting money from me: the only digital comics I’m investing in will come from GitCorp.) So perhaps because I have read them all, you may not consider me new to comics, but wasn’t that the whole purpose of those DVD-ROMs? To let reader new and old to get acquainted with the history of their favorite heroes? So if you don’t consider me new to comics, that is yet another form of lying.

Bring back the Peter/MJ marriage!

A disgusted reader,

[signed my real name]
aka “LOTRKing” on the Marvel.com forums

I sent it to the following:

Marvel Subscriptions
PO Box 110
Newburgh, NY 12550

Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
417 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Spideyoffice@marvel.com

Dan Buckley
c/o Marvel Comics
417 5th Avenue
New York City, New York 10016

Joe Quesada
c/o Marvel Comics
417 5th Avenue
New York City, New York 10016

Steve Wacker
c/o Marvel Comics
417 5th Avenue
New York City, New York 10016

subscriptions@marvelsubs.com

Check back next week for reviews of Captain America 34, Fantastic Four 553, Mighty Avengers 8, New Avengers Annual 2008, Daredevil 102, and Thor 4!

-LOTRKing