Asmodeus Jones wrote:Still believe deep at the heart of this debate is readers' constant fear of change. Even those who advocate for it in comics grieve mightily when it comes for something they happened to be liking just fine.
Also, no one has a problem with Peter Parker's persona when he quips his way through his darkest hours, and that character has also had his share of loss and death.
It's not "fear of change". It's fear of change for change's sake or fear of crappy change. A lot of today's writers try to cram thier round story into a square character instead of taking the time to whittle both both pieces so they mesh. Frank Miller made radical sweeping changes to Daredevil, but because he took the time it worked incredibly.
And to correct you, no one has a problem with "Spider-Man
" making jokes during the tough times, because it's been well established that that is both his coping mechanism and a battle tactic to annoy and anger his opponents into making a mistake.
Peter Parker isn't a tenth the wise-cracker that Spider-Man is.