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June 17, 2005



Surely Spiderman's first resurgence was when McFairlane was drawing him?


The McFarlane run was interesting for the artwork. That's all I remember about it . . . that and the start of the forty different, "unique" collector's edition covers for every issue of everything Marvel published at the time (DC, too).

The clone saga was interesting and fairly memorable. I also liked some of the Eddie Brock/Venom stuff, despite the fact that so much more could have been done with it.

Jamie Fristrom

McFarlane was before deMatteis.


If you 'really' wanna know what happened with that whole Clone Saga business, read the 35 part interview. http://www.newcomicreviews.com/GHM/specials/LifeOfReilly/ Yes, seriously. And it's actually interesting and well written. While I'm a fan of messing with characters, I think it (The Clone Saga) went a bit too long. But hey, what do I know? One thing I've always loved about comic books is their ability to have crossovers that have a massive scale, yet have each title show a participant's view of it all. Everything going on concurrently.

I loved the X-Cutioners Song and thought it far too short. But I was a huge New Mutants/X-Force fan, and largely a Necieza fan. And don't even get me started on the Infinity crossovers. Genius! Though I always wanted an ongoing set in a post-apocalyptic universe like Age of Apocalypse or the Dark Knight books. What if...? was always the closest to that. Yeah, I was raised on Marvel.

And to almost be on topic, I think it's quite possible to bring back a franchise, just make it good again. It'll either come back or at least have a decent burial.


If there's anything Marvel does well it's taking weak storylines and playing them out far too long :p

Not that DC was any better, but how Marvel loves silly extended 'mystery' storylines (Cable anyone)? Thats one of the reasons I stopped reading the 3526272 X books..that and their sudden fascination with anime inspired art..ugh..

It's definitely possible to revive a series however..It looks like Batman Begins could revive the batman series..whether thats good or bad remains to be seen, but I'm glad we finally got a second good batman movie.


You havent been reading batman comics for the past few years, did you?

It'll do fine even without the movie.


*Warning: Slight rant*

Have you checked Gamerankings lately for Batman?

It has not been getting that good of reviews (a few sites have given it 80's) but it seems the biggest thing that is preventing it from getting better scores is the fact that people are calling it "Splinter Cell for Dummies".

I've checked it out and I think it's pretty good. Apparently the "hardcore" are not happy with the locking on systems though and are doing nothing but complaining that it is not challenging enough for them.

To them, I give a huge raspberry. Quit thinking that the gaming universe revolves around you only and that maybe they wanted anyone who saw the movie to enjoy the game. And not all viewers of the movie are hardcore.

*phew* Thanks for letting me get that out.

I agree though that Batman will do just fine...

Oh, and I really liked the movie too. :D


Just for clarification, I meant the Batman movie series. I should have been more specific, sorry about that.


You put Straczynski and Bendis above Roger Stern and Peter David? *AND* you enjoyed the Clone Saga? And to think that until this point in time I thought you were a somewhat intelligent human being. :)

I've actually read two metric assloads of Spider-Man comics; so I believe I have a solid foundation for my comments.

M to the Vizzah

I've read maybe three or four dozen issues of Spider-Man and the only one I liked was:


... and that was probably because I love Rick Leonardi's pencils. Of course I own a shitload because I grew up in the McFarlane drunkedness of pre-Image but yada yada.


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Jamie's Bragging Rights

  • Spider-Man 2
    The best superhero games of all time Game Informer
    Top five games of all time Yahtzee Croshaw
    Top five superhero games of all time MSNBC
    Top 100 PS2 games of all time Official Playstation 2 Magazine
    1001 Games You Must Play Before You Die Nomination for Excellence in Gameplay Engineering Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
  • Schizoid
    Penny Arcade PAX 10 Award
    Nominated for XBLA Best Original Game
    Nominated for XBLA Best Co-Op Game