Michael Wilson's Reviews > Spider-Man: Brand New Day, Vol. 1

Spider-Man by Dan Slott
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Jan 25, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read in January, 2009

I'm one of those people who just didn't like the whole Mephisto made a bargain with Peter Parker to save the life of Aunt May at the cost of "erasing" his marriage to Peter and essentially the continuity of the last 20 years.

JMS took this flagship book into some very interesting places. Aunt May learning about Peter's secret and her character evolving around it made her much more interesting and dynamic. Now Peter is back to the being a loser who can't make enough money to afford web-fluid for his web-shooters and taking on some new villains. It doesn't work for me, and neither does all of the rationalization and explaination surrounding the reboot. The new writers really missed out on opportunities to explore new turf with the new "public" Spider-Man, and if they needed to make it a secret again, they surely could have come up with something better than a bargain with Mephisto... Aunt May would never accept this for Peter.

They should save the reboot for the Ultimate Spider-Man series.
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