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  1. Thanks. Wow, I don't remember him from back then...

    Thanks. Wow, I don't remember him from back then at all; my main recollection of him was from the late 1970's. Good call; thx again
  2. I thought Barney Bushkin and The Globe were...

    I thought Barney Bushkin and The Globe were introduced much later, more like during the Len Wein or Marv Wolfman eras of ASM (late 1970's)?
  3. I liked it a lot! If nothing else, Zdarsky has...

    I liked it a lot! If nothing else, Zdarsky has written the best JJJ stories in several decades; there is more depth here in this issue than I expected. The Allreds art is amazing as usual and...
  4. Yeah, that's an awful scene in an otherwise...

    Yeah, that's an awful scene in an otherwise decent trailer. Peter should never be portrayed as a flat broke/moocher-type guy but I have no problem with him swinging around the city wondering how he...
  5. I understand your point but I think that really...

    I understand your point but I think that really depends on how it is written. It might be tiring to read Peter as so broke he can't afford to buy fresh milk but I also think it just doesn't work for...
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    Nice issue; pretty much what I expected---and...

    Nice issue; pretty much what I expected---and what Slott promised after the big finale of #800. Not quite as good as the "No One Dies" issue that he teamed with Martin on but in a similar, though...
  7. Boy, the difference in Zdarsky's run from the...

    Boy, the difference in Zdarsky's run from the first four issues almost seems like 2 completely different writers. I guess I just feel like Zdarsky's title, for all the improvements and I do enjoy...
  8. I am looking forward to it but my one concern is...

    I am looking forward to it but my one concern is the "sitcom-y" vibe I am getting from the previews and interviews so far. I don't think Spidey should be a dark character or an overly serious tone...
  9. It would have been hard to imagine ASM #800 not...

    It would have been hard to imagine ASM #800 not placing at #1 considering the hype, build-up of what was a well-received story arc in GDS and of course Slott's penultimate issue. It may turn out to...
  10. Quick question: why has giving away 1/4 of a...

    Quick question: why has giving away 1/4 of a comic as a "preview" become an acceptable marketing tactic? Much like long trailers/previews of movies that give away key plot points, I think it is...
  11. David, I totally agree with the idea you put...

    David, I totally agree with the idea you put forth here, especially how Spidey joining the Avengers and being accepted by the rest of the superhero community dulled his edge quite a bit. I recall...
  12. Except they tried several times to back away over...

    Except they tried several times to back away over those 20 years until finally doing it (despite the poor method) with OMD. Look, I am not arguing about whether or not good stories were/can be told...
  13. I don't wanna go down this rabbit hole again but...

    I don't wanna go down this rabbit hole again but I think it's important to remember that decisions about these characters are portrayed have always been somewhat fluid as Stan/Steve surely didn't...
  14. That original Black Suit era was such a fantastic...

    That original Black Suit era was such a fantastic period of storytelling for the Spidey books; any return to that look/feel is great news to me!
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    Yes, but part of the reason he works in relative...

    Yes, but part of the reason he works in relative obscurity is he can't commit to a monthly schedule---he is a pretty slow artist.
  16. I liked her too; you got me thinking: despite...

    I liked her too; you got me thinking: despite Slott's lengthy run, I feel like i wished he had used both Screwball and Paper Doll more. IIRC, Paper Doll was supposed to in that story where Spidey...
  17. That series gets overlooked far too often; some...

    That series gets overlooked far too often; some of it could be the weak start (issues 1-4 were just poor) and some of it the fact that any satellite title just doesn't have the same cache with fans...
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    I think slightly different rules probably have to...

    I think slightly different rules probably have to apply to serialized storytelling that is currently going on for 56 years and has literally thousands of issues versus a 3 or 4 film franchise.
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    I tend to agree that "torturing" Peter is part of...

    I tend to agree that "torturing" Peter is part of what makes the best Spidey stories work the way they do. Thinking back over his long history, I have found that the lesser runs are usually less...
  20. Sounds great, Dan----I am looking forward to it...

    Sounds great, Dan----I am looking forward to it and elated that you got Marcos to do this issue with you. He is easily my favorite Spidey artist of the last 20 years or so and your work together has...
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    Poll: Wow....pretty impressive that a full 70% in this...

    Wow....pretty impressive that a full 70% in this poll voted the story an "A" or "B"; I realize this is still a relatively small sample that votes here but this may be the most universally praised...
  22. Eh, i would be surprised if it is anything more...

    Eh, i would be surprised if it is anything more than a coda/quiet reflection/recap type of tale. #800 packed a lot in and left most of the main characters in a defined place so I don't see anything...
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    Poll: Yeah, I plan to do the same. I don't think the...

    Yeah, I plan to do the same. I don't think the story was quite perfect but it's really really good and probably as close to classic as any Slott Spidey story.
  24. That's a solid point; Slott's long game has...

    That's a solid point; Slott's long game has always been on point and I do appreciate it. On a kind of unrelated note, I can't shake the feeling that I would look more favorably at Slott's entire run...
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    Poll: Grade "Go Down Swinging!"

    I think it's safe for us to grade this arc as #801 is a coda to Slott's entire run and not the GDS story. So let's take the GDS story arc as a whole and give it a grade; personally, I think it is...
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