“I went upstairs to my wife, and I go, ‘I am so embarrassed. I think I’ve literally been crying for 45 minutes.’ I’ve had real things happen in my life I didn’t cry about, and yet I’m crying about this.”
If you frequent comic book shops, you might have had this day on your calendar for a while.
Spider-Man dies today.
That sounds perhaps like less of a big deal than it should, because this run of the comic has been under the leadership of the same creative team for eleven years, which eclipses any run on any title in history. And the powers that be didn’t come at this decision lightly.
Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley gave a dignified death to the character they revitalized in 2000, helping to reboot a billion dollar film franchise.
With another franchise right around the corner, I’m impressed that Marvel has allowed such a classy ending. By the end of the year, there will be trade paperbacks collecting this story arc, so you probably don’t really need to brave the crowds today unless you absolutely have to own a first printing.
But if you’re at all like me, you’ll take a long lunch and head into those shops, and support the book that you grew up with as it changes forever, yet again.
I think this deserves a moment of silence.
Even if they bring him back.