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    Default CBR think piece: Best and Worst of Dan Slott's Spider-Man comics

    Exactly what it says on the tin. What do all you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebLurker View Post
    Exactly what it says on the tin. What do all you think?
    I’d say I agree it with it about 70%. Not exactly sure why the writer thinks ‘Dying Wish’ is his worst story. I think it’s one of his best. But overall the other choices are fairly spot on. Put more simply, all his best work is ‘Superior’ or pre-Superior (although Alpha was his worst work from the pre-Superior era) and all his worst work was post-Superior. Slott’s run would be remembered a lot more fondly if he quit after the conclusion of the ‘Superior’ era instead of lingering around like a bad fart for another 5 years. There’s very little of his post-Superior era to recommend (some like Spiderverse, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HypnoHustler View Post
    I’d say I agree it with it about 70%. Not exactly sure why the writer thinks ‘Dying Wish’ is his worst story. I think it’s one of his best. But overall the other choices are fairly spot on. Put more simply, all his best work is ‘Superior’ or pre-Superior (although Alpha was his worst work from the pre-Superior era) and all his worst work was post-Superior. Slott’s run would be remembered a lot more fondly if he quit after the conclusion of the ‘Superior’ era instead of lingering around like a bad fart for another 5 years. There’s very little of his post-Superior era to recommend (some like Spiderverse, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it).
    Slott’s best work was Spider Island. Original RYV story also. Worst? BND and Silk ( although I can name quite a bit including the middle finger to fans story called Jackpot).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC_Yankee View Post
    Slott’s best work was Spider Island. Original RYV story also. Worst? BND and Silk ( although I can name quite a bit including the middle finger to fans story called Jackpot).
    BND wasn’t Slott. That was more a group effort. Unless you’re referring to some storyline he did during that era?
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    Spider Island and RYV were probably Slotts best. His most memorable are obviously Spiderverse and Superior.

    I did really like Go Down Swinging, though.

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    Spider Island, RYV were by far my favourites looking back on his run. I did quite like Big Time stuff too. Alphas was bad, very bad IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Ossie View Post
    Spider Island, RYV were by far my favourites looking back on his run. I did quite like Big Time stuff too. Alphas was bad, very bad IMO.
    Spider-Island and the Clone Conspiracy were my absolute favorite. There honestly wasn’t an arch that I didn’t like. I was rather well entertained throughout his run consistently.

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    Clone Conspiracy was pretty ''Meh'' to me personally.

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    I'd flip Goblin Nation and Dying Wish on this list. The whole twist of Dying Wish was the lack of buildup. I really enjoyed the heck out that story. Goblin Nation was decent, but the last issue and a half were far too rushed and everything seemed too neat for the ASM relaunch.
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    I pretty much started in the Slott era during superior venom arc and going forward. I did like Goblin Nation and I did enjoy what Parker Industries was trying to do until they went back to the status quo. Spider Verse was cool
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    "My Worst Enemy" seems like reaching.

    I think my problem with Clone Conspiracy was that some plot points were too obvious since Marvel would play it safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triniking1234 View Post
    "My Worst Enemy" seems like reaching.

    I think my problem with Clone Conspiracy was that some plot points were too obvious since Marvel would play it safe.
    It had many problems, but the biggest was turning a beloved character like Ben into a murderous sociopath. It probably would’ve been best if he stayed dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HypnoHustler View Post
    It had many problems, but the biggest was turning a beloved character like Ben into a murderous sociopath. It probably would’ve been best if he stayed dead.
    X-Men writers do that all the time so I was immune.
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    Most of Slott's run is mediocre rather than bad and that even includes his big stories.

    As for his best.
    -- Spider-Man/Human Torch with Ty Templeton. This is by far the best Spider-Man story he ever worked on (even if it's mainly about the Human Torch and told from his POV). IT's also in my view the only great Spider-Man story he ever did. The others which I will list out, fall short of greatness and are merely good.

    Other good stories that Slott did.
    -- Spider-Island -- On the whole, the only big event storyline in his run that's worth re-reading and revisiting. It's not perfect but it's a concept that's neat, it's an event storyline with a fun premise that actually does have fun and so you have a pretty light-hearted action story that works really well. Some very good comedy (also some bad comedy because Slott's gonna Slott).

    -- No One Dies -- The art by Marcos Martin in the first of this two-parter is some of the most beautiful panels in any Spider-Man comic, the writing doesn't measure up but it's not too bad either.

    -- Renew Your Vows -- The Jody Houser run has a couple of issues and moments that are better than this but the original event barring some flaws isn't bad and has some key moments.

    -- ASM #801 -- Again Martin's art carries Slott, as an issue it's not on the level of Zdarsky's Finale but it's got a simple theme that works.

    I think if you read these five Slott stories, you pretty much have a good snapshot of his entire run.

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    My favorite Slott work is Amazing Spider-Man 665 (No One Dies pt 1). It's that Marco Martin issue we go inside Peter's mind.

    Having said that, I also appreciate Superior Spiderman and Clone Conspiracy.

    The rest is average to awful, IMHO.

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