Of course, because a story that would take 2-3 issues to complete is explained in 1 or 2 sentences in the primer. Let me clarify. Unfortunately, I’ve read all of BND up until OMIT, so I was already familiar with most everything in the primer. What I meant was, just reading the primer and remembering everything that’s happened as a whole, I don’t even know why I’m considering picking up the title again. However, I did fail to mention that out of all the recent writers, Slott was probably my favorite, with Zeb Wells and Joe Kelly following close behind. New Ways to Die was bland, but ASM #600 was easily one of the best stories to come out of all this. So there’s that.
Yet, the negatives still far outweigh the positives. The artwork didn’t bother me so much as the inconsistent writing. Despite much outcry, I enjoyed the diversified art over the past year. Artists like Paul Azaceta and Max Fuimara brought a lot of flavor to a title that is generally pretty conservative in it’s art choices. And I defy anyone to find something negative about Marcos Martin’s work. No, my main issue was ideas or even characters that one specific writer would use wouldn’t manifest for issues at a time, leaving you with a developmental vacuum. A perfect example of this would be Norah. Whenever Joe Kelly wasn’t writing, the character was virtually nonexistent.
I know it’s sacrilege, but I really liked Carlie. I thought she was a good match for Peter’s intellect. Maybe I just don’t get it, but the dissolving of the marriage was never my biggest problem. I don’t hate Mary Jane. I’ve just never read that many stories where they were married, and in the stories I have read, she comes off extremely one-dimensional. And I think that was Marvel’s major problem with the marriage, it didn’t really age Peter, it painted the writers into a corner because they didn’t know how to write Mary Jane in the first place.
I want to believe in ASM, but I think I’ve just become too cynical.