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The Comic

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Aside from the series attempting to market itself as a romance comic (which it really isn't), it tells the story of the youthful sexcapades of Peter Parker's parents and aunt and uncle, and reveals Peter is actually May's son from her affair with Richie, that Mary raises as her own. Who at Marvel thought this is a story people wanted to see?
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: The comic reveals that Peter is actually May's son, from when she cheated on Ben with Richie. Mary took the baby to claim it as her own so May wouldn't get in trouble with her fundamentalist father or have to deal with being a teen mother. The reasons fans and other comic creators don't care much for this idea should be obvious.
  • Squick: So very, very much.
    • It bears repeating: this is a comic series about Peter Parker's parents, and aunt and uncle, meeting up as teenagers and having lots of sex. Keeping that knowledge in the back of your mind as you read through the comic adds a fine layer of "ew" to everything the characters do. As Linkara puts it a few times:
    "Behold the answer to the question that nobody asked: what did Aunt May say to Uncle Ben when they first boned?"

    "There's something we never needed to see — Uncle Ben's O-face!"
    • The covers for the series depict two girls in provocative poses with each other. They look young enough that they may very well be underage, and if they aren't, they still look it.
    • May and Mary look like Mary-Jane Watson and Gwen Stacey, respectively. It's probably meant to be a Mythology Gag, but some readers have interpreted that the comic is trying to imply that Peter is attracted to women who resemble his mother and aunt. And when you connect it to One More Day, where Peter and MJ give up their marriage to save May's life, you get a whole new level of uncomfortable subtext.
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    • May admits to having fantasized about having sex with a guy in a mouse costume. Mickey Mouse fetish, anyone?
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: May. She has a pseudo-romantic relationship with Ben while also going out to play strip poker with strangers in the explicit hopes of hooking up with them, and also sleeps with Richie, who is in a serious relationship with Mary. She then admits to Mary she's cheating on Ben, but doesn't reveal who, claims that their relationship isn't serious anyway, and makes Mary swear not to tell anyone. And then she continues to sleep with both Ben and Richie. This makes what happens to May seem like Laser-Guided Karma for how she manipulates her three friends like this. However, a reader's opinions may reverse when May gets pregnant from Richie and contemplates suicide.

The Fanfic

  • Heartwarming Moments: Butch bitterly rambling to Harkness on how he isn't at all like Harkness' "ex wife". As though he could never meet Harkness' standards. Harkness comforts him in the simplest way he can.
    Butch: "I ain't blonde. And gentle. And I ain't got brown eyes."
    Harkness: "They're R53 G148 B158. ... Blue."
  • Moral Event Horizon: You honestly wouldn't think Zimmer or Eulogy could possibly get any worse as far as bastards go, but capturing and torturing men, women, and children and slowly and painfully turning them into mindless obedient machines is shown to be the most sickening thing Harkness, Butch, and Johnny had ever seen.
  • Tear Jerker: Chapter 38, written in binary. A fan comic translates the text for us, spoiler warning.


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