fieldy snuts wrote:The marriage is a detriment in the long term to the Spider books and erasing it was the smartest thing to happen to the books in ages.
In short, a lot of you are wrong and Punchy is right. Deal with it.
Gonna go ahead and respectfully disagree with you there. The stories after OMD were just...bad. Some were decent at best, but most were just crap. That's why I sold most of them away. And I don't miss them. From the forced reminder that cigarettes cause cancer multiple times an issue (but pacts with Satan are OK, kids!), to the idiotic circumstances of Peter sleeping with his Latina roommate, to the needless and repetitive censored cursing (sometimes from characters not known for it), to pretty much taking the character backwards in sleeping with Black Cat, who frankly is kind of a bitch. And not in an endearing way.
It was all just paltry garbage. Two years, I stuck with that title, and the storytelling didn't get anywhere near where JMS's quality. This is to say nothing of the declining sales Amazing suffered after Straczynski left.
The premise of OMD was fundamentally idiotic. It was done completely out of spite, because Quesada and a few other nimrods didn't like MJ and couldn't grow up and deal with the evolution of Spidey's life or that maybe he should have at least ONE THING (besides Aunt May) be consistently right in his life. They didn't want to kill her off or divorce them, because that would mean the marriage still happened. No, Quesada had a special kind of malice driving him, and wanted to erase it from existence, while making MJ look as bad as possible for "convincing Peter" to go through with it. He didn't care about characterization, cohesion, or even a story that made sense. He didn't do this for the character, and certainly not the reader. He wanted it for the sake of his seething hatred.
Even if you love single Spidey over married Spidey, One More Day was a flawed story in multiple respects that wasn't even thought through by the dumbass(es) that ordered it. They didn't squeeze out a half-assed (and still stupid) explanation for another, what, two to three years? Besides, I can't think of a single story that would need to be fundamentally changed if the marriage had stayed. If we lose Parker fake-drunk-humping or playing "Let's pretend it's the 1970's again and jump into the sack" with Black Cat, so much the better, as far as I'm concerned.