Quote Originally Posted by jackolover View Post
Also, there’s the panel where Peter bellows, “I killed her”, and the cops heard it, and think he did it.
Peter means, as that giant splash page preceding shows, that Gwen died because Peter dated her which made her a target for Green Goblin, who knew his secret identity. Which is valid, albeit Peter doesn't cop to the fact that it was him not telling Gwen his secret identity or not turning Osborn to the cops that was the true cause of that.

No intent whatsoever about the web snapping thing in that panel. That's not the story that Conway wrote.

I think Conway should have admitted he included the snap to deliberately show Peter ironically killed his own girlfriend.
The fact is he didn't. The story as written doesn't support that. The action, the events, and the aftermath clearly are written with the intent that Goblin killed Gwen by ramming her off the bridge and Spider-Man was too late to save her, and the fall killed her.

But like has been pointed out, Peter has never failed to rescue falling victims before and no one died. That was the most bizarre thing about this story. How can Spider-Man fail to do what he always does - succeed to rescue. Conway showing a super hero who doesn’t rescue when he’s right there. He wasn’t too late. He was there for the save. That shocked me more than anything.
It's a case of a writer putting thumbs on the scales. If The Night Gwen Stacy Died came out today, it's likely people will slam it for its contrived situation and attempt at cleverness (using real physics in a comic that never had it before, and still starting and ending the comic as a conventional superhero story). What ultimately elevates the story is the plot that Conway actually wrote.

Ultimately, actual plot/story/character > late-minute half-assed sound effect.