I'm on the fence here, kinda.
Not just because I have a small *cough* thing against Rob (Deathstroke Nu52
), but because I think things like this, from first person perspective, are fun. That is; if I was in his place, I'd be laughing about it. If the article was written by someone I knew hated me and/or was frequently out to damage me, then I'd feel insulted. Anyone else, though, and damn this shit is fun. Id be all the more willing to work with people who have a sense of humor. Until the whoopie-cushion comes in... I have limits. (XD
I do see the professional idiocy, too. That "bad business move" element. It's true, but then I'm always for seeing a company able to look human once in a while by doing things like this and other things that are less "aren't we and all our employees of all times so great." It's sickening to hear over and over, even though it's their business to make themselves look good. Them admitting that their former and future employee made mistakes is a nice relief--so long as Rob was okay with it. Anyone with a decent sense of humor should be.
And then I can't overlook who Rob is. Not a comic art superstar *cough* but rather, someone who seems like a sellout. He'll go where the money/ ego-stroking is for him and doesn't give two shits about much anything else. He may or may not like the jabs at his expense in their article, but when they wave the paycheck, his eyes will turn to dollar signs and he won't even remember the jabs. Not while he can get something out of them. Then, after his work is over, he'd be perfectly willing to leave while taking his own jabs at them even if they had never made this article.
In that, I think he not only deserves this, FROM Marvel, but it's really not going to hurt their business with him. If it does, then it doesn't hurt enough to even notice. I doubt that they don't know these things about him and know that this article of theirs won't interfere on their usual business deals with him. If this does
alter his willingness to work with them, then it's their own fault.