…hm, Spidey? In my humble and modest opinion, that’d have to be the world’s most famoust web-slinger. I mean, sure, Batman’s parents are gunned down in front of him, Robin dies in his arms, Punisher watches his family die, Wolverine due to slowed aging is forced to look people he loves dying, Superman is an alien, etc.
I read yesterday The Night Gwen Stacy Died (which is possibly his fault) and it really makes me wonder how harsh the life has been toward Peter Parker. And this is probably corroborated by the fact I always looked upon him as smooth-talking, good-humoured, friendly neighbor. Hence, the effect of losing loved one is probably stronger to me. During these few moths I’ve been reading the first four Essentials of Spiderman and it is here that all his major tragedies occured. First Uncle Ben, then Captain Stacy (collected with TNGSD storyline), then Harry started doing drugs, and then Gwen. Not to mention that he always has to balance his life as Peter Parker and Spiderman back and forth. Public doesn’t like him, his Aunt May is in fragile condition. Somehow, all important aspects of his life happened then, and if let’s say, Batman’s life is driven by the tragedy, then Spidey’s defined by the tragedies. Moreover, I felt he suffered just because of his Spiderman persona.
What do you folks think?