Hello JR, long time reader, first time caller etc. etc. Let me leave it be said I have long enjoyed your colorful colloquialisms about Spidey comics over the last few years, from your analyses of issues to the beads of sweat which form on Norman's head. At the risk of being presumptuous, as I don't want to take up any more of your time reading how I named my child 'Madgoblin' in dedication to you, I'll try to cut to my chase.
I saw you had mentioned in another thread that you were compiling 20-some pages for a super huge Year in Review article, which would comprise 2007-2009 in one fell swoop. First, I think I speak for most of your readers when I say take as long as you need; I know you are not being paid to write these articles and they give me a lot of free enjoyment, I don't take that fr granted. My suggestion is, would it be possible to consider isolating your 2007 Year in Review? (I have a good reason... wait for it...) Like a few Spidey readers, I rather unceremoniously dropped all Spider-man issues after the One More Day debacle and have not looked at one since. I looked at it as maybe not a good ending, but nonetheless an end of an era. I would urge you to take your 2007 Review out of the trifecta of Year End articles for the reason that not only does it make more narrative sense (on your site) to have that year stand on its own with the others; but also because there is really nothing linking it to 2008-2009. 2007 was very much still tied into the events of Civil War & Avengers and so on, and Brand New Day... kind of did its own thing. (I am still convinced it takes place in a pocket universe, and daily come up with new ways to undo it when I of course write Amazing Spider-Man
Now, do I think you should never combine Year Ends? Not at all, i think 2008-2010 would work pretty well on its own if you were so inclined. And I would absolutely read it even if I don't buy BND. But mainly, your site is so much in spirit of what Spidey and his history and old school fans are about, it would be a shame to not have One More Year round out the single Year Review articles, which 'some' Spidey fans saw as a kind of breaking point in the comics themselves. (Plus it's a good stop for your eventual book.. :O) Anyway, I absolutely do not think I speak for the entire board nor do I think you must do 100% what I say or perish, only wish that you would take my humble suggestion into account. Sincerely, J. Michael Straczynski <oh please...