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Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski
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Dec 22, 2008

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Collecting the "One Day More" arc of stories from the Spider-Man publishing canon. It sees the end of J. Michael Stracynski's epic, six-year run on the flagship title for Spider-Man.

Going into the story, I was already aware of how some elements would play out. Peter must make the choice to save Aunt May for a gun shot wound and death--but at the price of giving up his marriage to Mary Jane. In a lot of ways, this is a huge reset button for the Spider-Man universe, especially in the huge coming out of Peter Parker revealing to the world he is Spider-Man during the Civil War arc. And while that does negate a lot of what happened in that story and the issues that followed it, JMS is able to weave a story that has some fascinating implications and observations about who and what Peter Parker is as a character. We see a couple of alternative Peters, showing what he might have been without the famous spider-bite and one that shows a future where Aunt May is gone but Peter and Mary Jane are still together. In those moments, the story is successful. In others, it struggles under the weight of decision clearly made by others besides the creative team to push a reset button and eliminate Peter's marriage to MJ.

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