Spider-Man’s Tackling of Street Crime is Rather Ineffective – How’s That Great Responsibility Holding Up?

Posted by March 9, 2018 Comment

Yes, yes, I know all the fuss about the week’s Amazing Spider-Man #797 is about whether or not the Red Goblin is in it (he — or she — isn’t). Or just how much kissing Peter Parker did with Mary Jane Watson. But, as Batman talks about his own image over in Batman #42…

…and Catwoman laughs, Spider-Man seems to be going for something different.

When Stan Lee first proposed a Spider-Man character, the idea is meant to have been knocked back by publisher Martin Goodman as being too creepy, eventually after much nagging, being added to the final issue of an anthology comic, Amazing Fantasy. 

He was a hit, and scored his own series. But despite the ‘ickiness’ of spiders, most people have ended up not being that afraid of Spider-Man. And in New York City? That means muggers are just taking the piss.

Such as Jimmy.

Spider-Man is just an inconvenience, he’s an obstacle to be — or not to be.

Five times Spider-Man has webbed him up for the cops. Four times that Jimmy is back on the streets as a recidivist. Surely Jimmy would have been dealt with more severely by now?

Or… and this is just a thought… does Spider-Man’s intervention and subsequent disappearance mean that Jimmy walks every time? Even the lowliest of public defenders might be able to make a case of false imprisonment, and that Jimmy himself is the victim here. And Spider-Man has swung away.

How does this reflect on Spider-Man’s very first action, letting a thief go, only for that thief to then shoot his Uncle Ben? That was the moment that saw Peter Parker reflect that with great power, there must come great responsibility. Well, by being part of a system that constantly puts Jimmy back on the streets to rob again, how is that great power doing? How responsible is Spider-Man for Jimmy’s future crimes?

Maybe fighting for increased gun control laws might be a more effective use of his great power?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797
(W) Dan Slott (A) Stuart Immonen (CA) Alex Ross
GO DOWN SWINGING Part 1
The Green Goblin is back – and scarier than ever! Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last as he and Stuart Immonen kick off the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story ten years in the making. Osborn got his crazy back and has a plan that’ll make all his past plans look like child’s play. Peter Parker and the people he loves (ALL of them) are in deep trouble. And who or what is the RED GOBLIN?! The only way Spider-Man survives is to GO DOWN SWINGING!
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(Last Updated March 9, 2018 12:53 pm )