The Infinite Spider-Man: Other Franchises And More Complaints

Frank Miller's Spider-Man and Daredevil

Other Series

Fans of other Marvel titles often complained that their favorite series could establish a new precedent for Spidey.

Developments in DC titles like Batman, Superman (Pre-Flashpoint), The Flash ( and Teen Titans were compared to the Spider-Man comics.

The same approach was taken with Marvel titles considering whether characters like Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones could be a model for Peter Parker.

Finally, I looked at superheroes from outside of the Marvel Universe with the Incredibles, Goku from Dragon Ball Z and a few Image heroes.

One More Day was compared to stories that changed long-lasting DC franchises. Was it like Green Lantern: Rebirth, or Emerald Twilight? Or was it like it like Flashpoint? That mini-series changed Superman in a big way.

Lies and Misdirection

There were a few questions about reader expectations on the current direction of the book which were worth addressing, starting with whether One More Day made it too obvious to readers what can and can’t happen in a comic book.

That led to another questions: How much does the typical reader really know regarding the storytelling decisions in comics?

There is an alternative question: Is there a point when the fans are being misled?

Questions about whether fans were misled were followed by questions about whether individuals at Marvel were lying. So, was Joe Quesada too dishonest?

Comments Joe Quesada had made about One More Day were considered in the context of later changes to Spider-Man: Did decisions in the Brand New Day era contradict the rationale for OMD?

Why was it okay for Spider-Man to become an Avenger?

Did decisions in the Big Time era contradict the rationale for OMD?

The Infinite Spider-Man is a series of mini-essays regarding Marvel’s options for the future of the best character in comics.

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About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. Currently, I’m writing a few comic books about my grandparents’ experiences in Soviet Estonia for Grayhaven comics. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com
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