SporkBot wrote:The stories after OMD were just...bad. Some were decent at best, but most were just crap.
Be honest here, but could your dislike of OMD possibly be colouring your opinions of the stories that followed just a bit?
SporkBot wrote:From the forced reminder that cigarettes cause cancer multiple times an issue (but pacts with Satan are OK, kids!)
I can name 24 people that I know who died of lung cancer from my grandfather and three aunts to a former school friend... but can't name a single person who has made a pact with a demonic entity. Can you??
SporkBot wrote:to pretty much taking the character backwards in sleeping with Black Cat
You've never gone back
to an ex? You're missing out
SporkBot wrote: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.
On one hand you're basically saying the quality suffered because JMS wasn't there and thus the sales went down but you neglect to mention ASM went almost weekly at that point and sales might have dropped because of that.
SporkBot wrote:The premise of OMD was fundamentally idiotic.
No, Marvel felt Peter worked better single. You may disagree with that, but your disagreement doesn't make it idiotic.
SporkBot wrote: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.
If the marriage was organic and made sense, you might have a point. But it was only done because Stan was doing it in the newspaper strip. Peter and MJ had recently broken up and had to hastily be reunited to make it work.
SporkBot wrote: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.
SporkBot wrote: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.
OMD was a means to an end. It wasn't meant to be Watchmen... it was meant to undo a 21 year mistake. That's all.