Some of you might know me from the Battle or the Sentry forums for my passion for the character Sentry.
He is my favorite comic book character for specific reasons, but he is not Peter Parker.
I don't admire the Sentry as much as I admire Peter Parker. How could I? How could anyone?
Peter Parker is an inspiring, funny guy, who had to deal with so much pain in his life. He had to sacrifice so much and we all know that in the end of the day and under his mask - he still had a smile on his face.
Peter Parker became the greatest superhero in comic book history. Not only a superhero, but a hero. Even when the day was dark and everyone was hating him, calling him a menace. Peter never stopped believing in the greater good.
What does he always say? "With great power comes great responsibility"
It sickens me that Peter Parker is gone for now. It sickens me that an imposter stole his life.
It sickens me that Ultimate Peter Parker is dead. It sickens me that a random character, no one ever wanted took his place.
And I am happy that I'm not the only person who thinks that way:
Frankly I cannot understand the hatred that Marvel seems to have towards the Peter Parker character.
Peter is an ordinary guy with an over-developed sense of responsibility. He is a good man. He doesn't use his powers to his own advantage. He helps others, regardless of the cost to himself. How many times have relationships been disrupted because of his being Spider-Man? How many sacrifices has he made? He is the epitome of a hero, yet for some reason Marvel seems to hate him as a character.
You have destroyed his marriage, retconning it into oblivion, only after having him lose his child, and literally put him through hell. Now you have killed him off in such a manner that no one can even mourn his passing. You have foisted Ock as a "superior" Spider-Man, but only if superior equals more violent. I count TWO deaths at the hands of Ock as Spider-Man and several severe beatings. It is an affront to all that Peter stood for. Yes, I remember that Peter had some times where his very sanity seemed in jeopardy and he resorted to violence, but he pulled himself back and was remorseful for what he had done. There is no such remorse from Ock. Instead there is gloating and mocking from Ock. What a great hero. What a superior human being. What a crock.
I do not accept that Ock is somehow changed into a hero by virtue of his theft of Peter's body and memories. He is still the same egotistical man he has always been. He is a murderer. Because of the recent storyline, I will not continue with this book. I will not buy any Spider-Man books until Peter is restored to his rightful position withing the Marvel universe. Changing Spider-Man to a different character is not enough. It might be a good story, but this is still a dishonorable treatment of a true hero.
I know that I am only one voice, but hopefully others with a similar opinion of recent events will voice their concerns. In a perfect world, your sales will plummet. It is a shame that I have to drop all Spider-Man books, because I do believe that Dan Slott is a talented writer, but I will not support this current treatment of the Peter Parker / Spider-Man character. He deserves so much better. I am also reminded how the Sentry told that he is the future. That he is everything. I guess that was a pretty short future.
Hopefully you will come to your senses, and fix this situation. However, I am afraid that ego will get in the way, as it did with the idiotic One More Day Storyline.
This current Spider-Man is in no way "superior". He is merely a more violent man, who takes shortcuts to accomplish his goals. In many ways, he is still Doc Ock, only now he wars Spider-Man's body. I am done reading this character, and any character using the Spider-Man name, until and unless it is Peter Parker, the true Peter Parker, restored to his position in the Marvel universe.
That was a letter from an upset Peter Parker fan. It actually made it into the Superior Spider-Man comics and I'm glad to see that Marvel is willing to print criticism.
I admire Peter Parker and everything he is and he stands for. I am not willing to take anything else, just because Marvel wants to try something else. No one is better than Peter Parker. No one is more exciting and more funny. And especially no one is superior.
I don't think that it makes much sense to say that one respects comic book characters. And I would usually never say that for any character - not even the Sentry, who I love.
But I am saying it for Peter Parker. I respect and admire Peter Parker, even though he is just a comic book character. He became much more than regular character - he turned into an inspiration.
To honor Peter Parker I would like to share two short stories from the Spider-Man comics with you.
THE KID WHO COLLECTS SPIDER-MAN