Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Try the Tuna or You're FIRED Wednesday!

So we hit Amazing Spider-Man #150, which was only the second Spider-Man comic I'd owned up to the time of its release.  The original "Clone Saga" was drawing to a close, leaving us with the obligatory Disembodied Floating Head Recap (tm!):

Wow.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Peter is the biggest co-dependent ever.  Considering everything  Professor Warren had done to him the past couple of years, I can't imagine why Peter (who is a journalist, mind you) would be interested in lying to the public about what kind of a guy Professor Warren was.

And yes, I know we were supposed to think he was out of his mind after he accidentally killed the lab guy as we saw yesterday, but I'm not buying it.  He may have been freaked out at first, but to go through the campaign of events he orchestrated required a tremendous amount of premeditation and effort.  General Motors took less organization than the enterprise Professor Warren spearheaded.  

Anyhoo, Peter is left wondering if he's the clone or the real Peter, so he goes to Curt Connors to see if they can figure that out via a testing process of which the reader was given as few details as possible because no one really knows how you would test for such a thing.

But it turns out that just like taking Geometry, all that scientific mumbo jumbo was a big waste of time because Peter figured it out on his own.  How?  Read this and see if you can tell me:

I didn't understand this explanation when I was a child, which I chalked up to being too much science for my little brain to absorb.  But I'm a tired, middle-aged man and I'm now convinced that this is a severe case of inductive reasoning.  I think someone is grasping for justification of what he wants to believe.

Think I'm being too hard on Peter?  Well, what are the results of all those scientific tests?  Oh, that's right: We don't know because Peter decided he already knew the answer and never read them.  Why find out what the answer is when we can just guess that we're right?

Bah.  Humbug.  On to #151:

Hey, it's time for Fun with Out of Context Dialogue! (tm!):

Well that's a conversation starter and ender all at once.  I think polite society rules dictate that when one is released from a mental institution, it's considered poor form to call attention to it.  The same rule applies when one is released from prison or Guantanamo Bay.

More Fun with Out of Context Dialogue! (tm)!:

I guess JJJ really knows how to throw a party.  Don't bother with the booze!  Break out the meth!

And now, a Moment of Comic Book Greatness! (tm!):

Try the tuna - or you're FIRED!

I'm not sure how I'm going to work that line into casual conversation, but I'm gonna.

See you tomorrow!


Dave said...

Personally, if offered a choice between tuna and cavier (whatever the hell that is), I'm going hog-wild for tuna.

MarvelX42 said...

Cavier is fish eggs. Aaaaaaaanyways, the Spidey getting strangled/live flashing before his eyes thing there REALLY pisses me off. Ya know why? I'll tell ya why. Because he is about to die, everything in his whole life is going. This is it. This is the end. He goes over in his mind what is important. He even lists things, Aunt May, Gwen, etc, but when it gets right down to it, right down to the last thing THE thing that is important to is Mary Jane Watson! So than WHY IN THE HELL did you give her up??!?! When you made the deal with Mephisto?????!!!?!?!? GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!

D.B. Echo said...

"Caviar" is fish eggs. "Cavier" is the comparative form of "cave." If such a form existed.

When you consider all the other things that are learned from outside stimuli - like, say, language, telling time, social behavior, tying your shoelaces, and pretty much everything else that makes a human human - it seems that a newborn adult clone's entire life flashing before his eyes (or even just his final thoughts) would consist of more experiences of fear and confusion than an unfrozen caveman lawyer.

MarvelX42 said...

I read some of the clone saga when it was out, but didn't remember alot of it, but I just read the wikipedia entry on the whole clone saga and I gotta tell ya, that was one convoluted mess. Also it more or less lead to the Mephisto story line to try to sort out some of the loose strings and get back to the original intent of the story which was to have a sort of reboot of Spidey without actually doing what DC did and just start over saying that nothing before in the comics had even happened. Also a story line/wayout of the mess that they abandoned was for Ben Reilly (sp) to have been Peter Parker from 5 years in the future who had been sent back in time and had his memory altered/erased. I think that that way would have been alot better meself.

Duy said...

I completely agree that Peter's justification for him being the real one was ridiculous, and it seemed like a gigantic case of convincing himself of something he wanted to be convinced of.

Of course, tell that to any person who's pro-Spider-marriage, and you'll get an earful.

Will said...

I don't see any way the clone could have generated that many Disembodied Floating Heads... I'm convinced.

-- Allergy

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