Quotes: Dork Age
Poor Joe's first encounter with me was during a Marvel Press Conference when I asked if Ben Reilly would ever come back. One can still hear the silence of the moment immediately following.
Personally, I HATED the idea of having hundreds of Spider-Man clones running around. As far as I was concerned, this was exactly the kind of silliness we should have been trying to get AWAY from. I mean, we all groaned when the title was first proposed, and now we were going to do stuff in the story that only served to reflect that dopey title even MORE?! Stuff like this, in my opinion, was the epitome of everything that had been wrong with Spider-Man over the previous few years—shameless sensationalism, milking a successful idea to death, overkill reaching ludicrous proportions.
— Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on "Maximum Cloneage"
Iím fairly certain that Iíve never seen the Brood sporting metal underpants and Dr. Octopusís arms. I am also pretty sure that in the comics, they canít shoot lasers out of their tails, but, you know, Iím not going to go look it up and thereís actually a pretty good chance thatís something theyíve done at some point in the í90s, so who even knows.
The early '90s were a tough time for Frank Castle, but the later part of the decade was worse. The Punisher's original M.O. was killing bad guys; simple, basic, hard to fuck up. But in the '90s writers forgot that the mob and serial killers existed and had Frank go after techno-punk soldiers all the time who were more robots than Mafia bosses. Plus he was always saddled with some other hero like Spider-Man or Daredevil, so they always forced him to sheath his gun and let the bad guys get arrested. LAME. What was worse was the series Punisher: Purgatory where Frank killed himself and came back as a supernatural avenging angel with holy guns. Thank God we have Garth Ennis to give us back the Punisher who liked guns and bombs again.
Yes, The Undertaker battled IRWIN R. SCHYSTER on the second biggest WWF show of the year. Looking back, I canít even fathom how folks questioned WCW not standing a chance with Nitro. The more I go back and revisit mid 90ís WWF, the more I wonder how this company ever survived until the Stone Cold cavalry came charging over the hill to save the day.
Why no Colin Baker? Frankly, I suggest newcomers avoid his tenure entirely. I simply can't find a single thing to recommend in it unless you're a serious fan and willing to forgive quite a lot.
I wont lie, when I first heard that the Benny adventures were moving away from their established continuity and straying back in to New Adventures territory my heart sunk. I genuinely felt that the series that had done the most to strive for its own identity and had never played by the rules was falling back into a safe region, and one that I had not been particularly keen on in the first place. Whilst I can admire that the New Adventures were a wildly innovative period for the brand as a whole, it doesn't change the fact that, Benny aside, I could barely stand any of the companions and I found that McCoy's Doctor was perverted out of all recognition. The books were often overblown, atrociously written, and trying to push the envelope for the sake of it rather than having a creative reason. Don't get me wrong, there were some fantastic authors to spring from the New Adventures but the range was also saddled with some amateurish ones too. Whilst this set as a whole alleviated some of my anxieties, The Revolution certainly failed to do so... Once we reach the climax of worlds being created by pink dragons, robots dancing to awful music and heads literally exploding because they cannot handle the pressure of contradictory ideas I had lost the will to keep going. I was willing this to end.