Comic 517 - Based On A Blue Story- Page 22

24th Feb 2016, 12:00 AM in Based On A Blue Story
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Adam C. 24th Feb 2016, 12:00 AM edit delete
Adam C.
I said earlier than the conversation in the alleyway was supposed to go on longer before the gang got transplanted onto the rooftop... This little bit from Lore actually happened there, and that's one reason I wanted to move it. The speech works a lot better after you've already heard Quartz's backstory. That and the alleyway was reaaaally boring. I think I did the rooftop fight just because it's a pretty standard hero trope we haven't done yet.

Y'know... Contrary to the vibe this chapter might be giving out, I actually really like Peter Parker. Guys one of the most popular super-heroes on the planet for a reason; he's funny, likeable, tragic, and compelling. Hell, even after he's been around since the sixties, I'd still say he's the most well-rounded and three-dimensional A-List superhero. There's nothing quite like a really, really good Spidey story.

Which is too bad because I think most stories with the guy are terrible. Writers are way more concerned with deep, unending tragedy. Every writer and editor who gets their hands on Peter's comic is only concerned with telling the next hellish chapter in his life. The next failed relationship. The next death. The next close friend who has his life ruined.

It's gone on so long it's been reduced to something like giving a baby a stuffed animal so you can hear them cry when you rip it out of their hands. Every time Peter gets something good it dies in front of him, usually because he's Spider-Man. If he tries to quit, the cosmos hemorrhages on itself to lay on every possible guilt-trip it can to make him stay Spidey.

I quit reading Spidey books a while back after the whole "Superior" arc (that and they killed off Ultimate Peter), simply because I couldn't see any reason for him to keep going. Beyond cosmic-guilt-trips, what reason does he have to keep putting on the suit day after day? They never temper the tragedy with little victories to keep him going or any sign of lasting happiness. Realistically.. why WOULDN'T Peter quit?

Quentin Quartz is my take on this trend of writing. I kept wondering what would happen if writers were genuinely this cruel to a character; this unrelenting in his misery, this devoted to his suffering, this unwilling to let him quit... The guy's not a hero because he wants to be. The guy's a hero because he's got a martyr complex the size of the Chrysler building and desperately needs help.

So yeah. Qrime Qure is just my take on what Peter Parker would realistically wind up being after decades of Deus Angst Machina. ... That or he'd just slash his wrists.

.... Heh. Deus Angst Machina. Funnily enough, I'm the one who came up with the page quote for that Trope a few years ago. After reading it in a Spidey comic.
Martin F. 24th Feb 2016, 12:39 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Not sure what I've got to say here offhand. Do find it kind of funny how in the midst of Adam's book there he didn't mention the fight going on in the background, just a little thing there. It's been kind of noticed that a lot of what we know of Marvelous Man's skill has just been shown with those tests and otherwise largely just talked about, so little thing to try and address that a bit. And a neat little sight gag. Kind of wondering how that one guy got so high up actually given that. Maybe he's jumping from a building himself or something and just isn't especially smart.

Heh. If nothing else, like we were saying on WaR the other day, partial body shots can be a pain due to having to dig around for the appropriate colors for everything, so this page has proven handy for how that one panel has everyone in it in full. Speaking of I should probably color more Blues pages later, got a few sitting.

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Wolfintina 24th Feb 2016, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Well this certainly interesting, wonder what's going to happen next.