Before that title gets webheads all strung up, let me be clear: I like Spider-Man. I own some of his comics. Not many, but some. I liked the movies for the most part, but I didn’t go crazy for even the good Sam Raimi ones like others did. I don’t think the old 90s Spider-Man cartoon holds up in retrospect (I never thought it was great to begin with). And as a good gamer, I’ve enjoyed some of his games like Spider-Man 2 and Shattered Dimensions. I’ve known for years that while I like Spidey, I wouldn’t rank him high in my list of favourite superheroes. In fact, I don’t think he’d even make it into the top 20.
Recently, though, I realized why he’s not one of my favourites. And I think it all boils down to when I started reading comics and what story started around that time: the dreaded and infamous CLONE SAGA.