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Old 01-05-2008, 10:20 PM
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Well, if Alkira gets Mononoke, then I get Kiki. It's only fair.

As for the Extremis storyline, I actually thought it wasn't THAT bad. Certainly no worse than going thirtysomething years of saying Spider-Man's powers are science-based, only to go all mystic-totemy now. Or saying over and over again that Logan's past was to remain a mystery, only to say "psych! His name's really James Howlett!" Grr...
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Well, if Alkira gets Mononoke, then I get Kiki. It's only fair.

As for the Extremis storyline, I actually thought it wasn't THAT bad. Certainly no worse than going thirtysomething years of saying Spider-Man's powers are science-based, only to go all mystic-totemy now. Or saying over and over again that Logan's past was to remain a mystery, only to say "psych! His name's really James Howlett!" Grr...
good point. . . wait, logan as in x men or something else? also, i dont mind you getting kiki, i can spare that.
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Old 01-07-2008, 06:58 PM
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Yeah, Logan AKA Wolverine AKA Weapon X.
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:35 PM
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:27 AM
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As for the Extremis storyline, I actually thought it wasn't THAT bad.
It was new -- I'll give it that. But it undercut something I've always loved about Tony Stark. He was a major force in the Marvel universe purely through the power of his mind; his engineering genius and his resourcefulness kept him on top through countless disasters, physical and mental. In that sense, he was Marvel's Batman, the guy you could be if you tried hard enough. Now he can hack machines with his brain, and they've been doing some interesting things with that ability, but I don't think it was worth it. (By the way, be sure to read the mini Iron Man: The Inevitable by Joe Casey, which gave some badly-needed followup to both Extremis and Tony's role in Avengers Disassembled.)

But I'll grant that Spider-Man in the JMS era has had it worse. Even before "The Other", Marvel decided he needed organic webshooters -- a dumb decision made to align with other dumb decisions. Then JMS did "Sins Past", the ill-conceived story that launched a thousand flamewars. Then "The Other" did its damnedest to top the Clone Saga for worst Spider-Man story ever, changing his powers and finishing the continuity hash JMS had started earlier. And finally Spidey's part in Civil War, which was a lot more interesting but way too predictable -- except the identity revelation, and the jury's still out on whether that'll be Peter's rejuvenation or ruination as a character.

Of course, JMS is a very skilled writer; he's made all this readable and even fun sometimes. But good execution can only do so much for bad ideas. (See "A Night in Sickbay".) I'm actually even more annoyed about his Fantastic Four retcon, where Reed is now partly responsible for the team's origin and, oh yeah, the creation of the universe. Peter David, for all the problems I have with him, has been Spidey's salvation during this time, telling funny and entertaining stories over in FNSM. These days you have to read the surrounding titles to have fun; the big ones drown in events and celebrity writers.
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Ahh... guest fivers... I remember submitting one of those once...
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:46 PM
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Was that before or after the ice age before last?
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