As some you folks know, there was some recent controversy generated by an article from Colin Smith's "Too Busy Thinking About My Comics" blog, which concerns a scene from Amazing Spider-Man #685 (part 4 of Ends of the Earth) in which Spidey and Silver Sable attempt to get Sandman to reveal the location of various facilities that Doc Ock is using to construct his climate altering satellites. Here's the scene in question:
Now, the fact that Sandman's daughter could be used as leverage to get the Sandman to work for them makes perfect sense and was the very thing I brought up in the comments section when this topic came up right here on the Scans Daily. However, the fact that it's being brought up only now by Silver Sable at this point in the story is essentially an admission that the entire "acid-boarding the Sandman" scene was completely and utterly pointless! Because if both Spidey and Silver Sable already knew they had the leverage of Sandman's daughter as a means to get him to cooperate, then why in the hell didn't they use it beforehand? Why did they have to resort to pouring acid on him when they already knew there was a much easier and more ethical way to get him to talk and persuade him for his help?!
Oh, and note how Spidey states that Sandman wouldn't cooperate with them now considering what they did to him? Well, Spidey, if you didn't allow Sable to pour acid on the Sandman in the first place, then he wouldn't have had a score to settle with you, now would he? You're basically admitting that Silver Sable made the situation worse; but if you knew this was the case then why didn't you anything to stop her?! For a guy who is supposed to a super-genius--something which Dan Slott has repeatedly reminded us over and over again--you sure can be a complete and utter moron at times.