I mean, I didn’t really enjoy it, so I hope you caught when I said this:
The part when Spidey met pudgy, powerless, tech-billionaire Peter Parker was well-done, but otherwise the story was… not great.
That said, I think we may be talking about two different things here. I’m essentially going on another “marriages aren’t the best idea for comics” rant while I think you’re more focused on the quality of OMD as a story. I’m not really going to defend that aspect of it or whatever Quesada did to alter the tale that made JMS pull his name from the story, but I also don’t know the specifics on what was actually changed. So…
I wouldn’t argue against that because I’ve read enough Peter Parker and Matt Murdock stories to know it’s true. It’s a good enough way to go about things because it implies conflict and conflict is what makes stories interesting. And, yeah, things getting too cozy for our favorite couples does bore me.
Let’s be fair to MJ here because Peter was actively pushing her away. He was basically outright telling her they’d never be together. If someone tells you that, can you be blamed for finding someone new? I don’t think so. That’s setting an unfairly high standard for Mary Jane.
I’ve said this before, but divorce is generally not considered an option for superhero marriages. First, because it would infuriate fans worse than never having the couple get married in the first place. Second, because even in the year 2023 I imagine that having a marquee character like Spider-Man get a divorce would be politically dicey (I’m picturing the “What Does Spidey’s Divorce Tell Our Children?” news stories now). That’s why publishers tend to reach for universe resets, clone sagas, and deals with the devil to end comic marriages. It’s often better to choose the ridiculous over something that would upset a large number of people.
I mean, man, I don’t know… If I were writing comics, I’d be pretty gutsy when it comes to flying in the face of fan expectations. That said, I’m not even sure I’d be willing to end the marriage of a popular couple in divorce. There’s a difference between accepting the fact that you might get attacked by wolves when you walk through the forest and willingly throwing yourself in the wolves’ den.
Why, I remember the days when not only one Johns title was on-time, but more than one was.
Why, it was a golden, gilded age of comic goodness, it was.
Why, I’m glad I started reading Justice Society of America as it hits retail with #6, as waiting one additional month for it on Ultra would have been more than 'ol Pappy could take as he rocks back and forth on the 'ol porch while the 'ol tumbleweed rolls through Delay Gulch o’er yonder.
Ya ever been to Delay Gulch, by chance? Its full of…delays.
I keep wanting to like the Justice Society series but yeah, these delays are killing my momentum…so basically your standard Geoff Johns run.
It bums me out, though. His initial JSA work from when he took sole writing duties up until before Infinite Crisis was solid. That was a book I had to buy every month. His Justice Society of America run, especially that excruciatingly long Kingdom Come arc didn’t hit for me. I didn’t love JSA All-Stars either.
This current series started off promising but the last issue I read with how quick they got rid of Per Degaton was like “I’m sorry…what??”
The 1930 novel Gladiator by Phillip Wylie was likely a direct influence for the creation of Superman. The book followed the life of super-strong, nigh-invulnerable Hugo Danner as he tried to find a place for himself in the world. It’s actually a pretty decent book for the time period. Superman archetype characters were even referred to as “Wylies” because of the novel’s influence.
The novel and Hugo Danner fell into the public domain which allowed Roy Thomas to add the character into the DCU. Hugo became important to a few different legacies as a result. Hugo is the father of Iron Munro and the great-grandfather of Manhunter Kate Spencer. In Post-Crisis continuity, he’s potentially the Great-Grandfather of Dream of the Endless, Daniel Hall. There were hints that Iron Munro was the true father of Infinity, Inc.'s Fury having served with Lyta’s mother in the Young All-stars. If that’s truly the case then Hugo is the Post-Crisis great-grandfather of Dream.