As stated in that blog, I was a HUGE Spider-Man fan. But the storyline "One More Day" was my deepest wound. I had not bought an issue that wasn't a back issue of the good old times since. That is, until now.
But let's not get ahead of myself and start from the beginning. I was about to give Spider-Man an honest shot again when I found out that he was going to be replaced by Dr Octopus and the ensuing Superior Spider-Man story began, ending the historical series at issue #700. So, I just pulled back and decided not get into it, I mean, I want to get back to reading Spider-Man but it's actually going to be Dr Octopus? So I passed.
There was a sale of trades at Forbidden Planet. And at this sale, I saw the first volume of Brand New Day. After some convincing from my girlfriend, I said "what the hell", and I bought my first post-OMD Spider-story. And it was actually quite.....entertaining. Yeah, it was entertaining.
I found myself getting other trades and issues from that era and some from before OMD, and decided ok, let's give this a try one more time.
The story was pretty solid with Peter Parker starting to deal with the aftermath of what Octavious did while he was posing as Parker. It had some genuine laugh out loud moments (my favorite moment being Johnny Storm's cameo as well as Spider-Woman's cameo). It was also interesting to see the fall out between him and MJ and I am interested in seeing how it eventually pays off. As I read the older trades I was really starting to like Carly but now she's being written off, for the time being at least. But on top of all that, now Pete has to deal with the girlfriend Octopus had while he was pretending to be Pete, and to make matters worse, she finds an engagement ring AND finds out Peter is Spider-Man, so that's actually the kind of the things that made Spider-Man such an entertaining read, all the crap that happens to Peter Parker on top of everything that happens to Spider-man.
The art of the main story was done by the great Humberto Ramos, who has turned into the Spider-artist of this generation. His art was energetic and expressive as always and was just plain fun. And I think that's a word that was missing from Spider-Man during that Clone Saga and OMD and One Moment in Time from what I browsed through, fun. There were a handful of shorts in this issue that offered glimpses into future storylines (the one that caught my attention most was the Black Cat one, I mean , DAMN!), so it was a pretty good solid issue.
But that aside, and I guess this is more of a personal pet peeve, but they included the entire issue #1 of Inhumans as well! I mean, seriously!? Inhumans #1!? I mean I know, I know, it was done to promote the new Inhumans series, I get that, but, how many people must have gotten it already? I know I had already bought it when it came out, now I have it TWICE! That could have easily been used for another Spidey story or even a reprint of a classic Spidey story, Inhumans just felt so...random.