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Warning: this post contains numerous spoilers for "Amazing Spider-Man" #700. So if you have been living under a rock until now and have no idea what the "fuss" about this issue is, turn back now as to avoid spoilage.
The death of a beloved hero. The cancellation of a long-running comic book. A startling reversal as villain takes on the identity of said hero. Those, and more, made up the heady brew of elements stirring up fans regarding Marvel's "Amazing Spider-Man" #700, which hit stores only yesterday.
The hubbub began before the issue even officially hit stores, as leaked pages from the book revealed the apparent death of Spidey alter-ego Peter Parker. Hardcore comic book fans greeted the news with their usual even-minded reactions to such things:
In a year that included a maniac dressed as the Joker shooting up a screen of "The Dark Knight Rises," having national news outlets cover the phenomenon of people sending "ASM" writer Dan Slott death threats only served to make us geekoids look less like friendly Sheldon on "Big Bang Theory" and more like a seething mass of potential loose cannons. It was a terrible experience for Slott, but also terrible PR for comic aficionados.
I mean, it's only a comic, man. Right?
Adding fuel to the fire was the fact that the new Spider-Man would be none other than his biggest enemy, Doctor Octopus. Such a plot twist, in the minds of a number of Spidey fans, was just too much. This fan was so upset he crapped out a bagged-and-boarded copy of "ASM" #700:
Ouch, that must have hurt; especially the corners.
That said, opinions about the controversial issue -- and Mr. Slott -- were pretty much 50/50, at least judging by Twitter.
Even a feminist wrinkle about the comic came out of left field, as a few readers wondered aloud whether Doc Ock kissing/"sleeping with" Mary Jane under the guise of Peter Parker was tantamount to rape. There was just so much angst and anxiety going on about this comic...it became quite intense. This is how I looked like after reading 12 straight hours of reactions on Twitter:
But in that sense, doesn't the death of Peter Parker join other Big Stories in the history of Comics? The Death of Superman, of course. The death of Jean Grey. The "new" Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. Stephanie Brown's demise. Superheroes aren't real...but they do mean a lot to people. We shouldn't be shocked that people would react strongly to the death and replacement of an icon. But we SHOULD be shocked, ashamed, and alarmed when such strong feelings lead to threats of violence —especially in our current times.
What Would Peter Parker Do?
Don't forget to check out this special goodbye to Spidey video: