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misterbug ([personal profile] misterbug) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-01-14 08:02 am

Spider-Man #652 Preview: "Hey Guys, Remember That Character We Made Who No-One Likes?"

"I just saw this really cool film we could use to maybe buff her up a little possibly!"

...And A Writing Team Who Couldn't Let Things Lie.

From Ign's Preview Pages:

"My girl. The girl who is mine. We totally bang. Every single night".

Only Dan Slott and Peter could think Flash getting together with Betty is a good idea. Their last relationship was sparked by her helping him to get out of his depression and alcoholism (he promptly dumped her off-panel when this was over). He's recently suffered MORE depression from his paraplegia. Meanwhile she is ludicrously attempting to write a newsblog based only on the bleary sleep-mutterings of her roommate. And in the above panel, she looks like the drunk one.

...Actually, MJ...cover up that rictus grin, and what you get is a man who looks horribly sad...and not just put-off, seriously depressed. Just looking at him makes me imagine the man bashing his skull against a brick wall out of the sheer frustration of how rotten his life is. Perhaps the artist sympathises with us more than Slott does.

So...Mary-Jane Watson - bitter, self-obsessed, or...

...a dull mouthpiece for Slott's antagonism against anyone who questions his will?

Also: that second panel is just SCREAMING the word 'Threesome'. Look at the douche! That is no warm smile of amusement...his head is filled with visions of girl-on-girl or I'll fry my bowler!

[personal profile] arilou_skiff 2011-01-14 10:24 am (UTC)(link)
I think the weird thing is that, theoretically, Carlie could be an interesting character. She's law enforcement, which hasn't really been done before, except wiht Jeanne DeWolffe (that entire subplot and it's end remains one of the weirdest things in Spidey history I think) I kind of feel like she's a neat idea stuck in a horrible time-period and writing.

That said, the art is... Ew. It's kind of Pseudo-Ramos-y but without the energy and fun.

[identity profile] screamsheet.wordpress.com 2011-01-14 12:52 pm (UTC)(link)
The main problem with Carlie is that the writers keep telling the audience through narration how cool and awesome and wonderful she is without showing her actually doing anything interesting. She's not a bad character; she's just written terribly. It's honestly pretty sad that people who are paid to write professionally keep making the same mistake with this character that a middle schooler writing a fanfic would.
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[personal profile] strannik01 2011-01-14 06:36 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] kirke_novak 2011-01-14 10:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Carlie is... Outrageous Okona??

[personal profile] darkknightjrk 2011-01-14 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
My thoughts EXACTLY. If done right, she could be Spidey's Gordon and Peter's Vikki Vale--his go-to person for police information as Spider-Man, since she trusts that he's at least trying to do good, and then as Peter's boyfriend, there could be some love-y new couple stuff mixed with him trying to hide the identity around someone who can actually top him in terms of genius.

I think it's still possible to do that--they've been doing some of that "hiding the identity" with her recently--and I think it's possible that Slott may go in that direction, but yeah, she has a lot of recovery to do before then.
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[personal profile] nezchan 2011-01-14 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
The accidental phrase "Peter's boyfriend" reminds me how Johnny Storm would be a much better match here...

[personal profile] darkknightjrk 2011-01-14 09:59 pm (UTC)(link)
...Oh. Oh God. What has this place DONE to me?!
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[personal profile] nezchan 2011-01-14 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
It's made you faster...stronger...BETTER!

(...at slash)
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[personal profile] liara_shadowsong 2011-01-15 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
Hahahahahaha!!! We've corrupted you horribly into a semi-rabid slash fan, of course. Or, you know, just turned your mind into a cesspool of porniness and Freudian slips.
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[personal profile] stubbleupdate 2011-01-15 12:43 am (UTC)(link)
Caselli has gone a bit backwards since A:TI, but his Secret Warriors stuff was good