With Spider-Man celebrating the big five-oh this year, editor Steve Wacker (The man who has edited more issues of Amazing Spider-Man than anyone else, somewhat surprisingly considering he’s only been on the book for five years) goes over what makes the character work:
In terms of the status quo of the ongoing book, I don’t think it’s a good idea to have Peter get completely over that guilt that he feels about letting his Uncle Ben down. I think what makes him a great hero is that he’s trying to make up for that fatal flaw every day. It’s Greek drama… I think [with the "Nobody Dies" decision last year,] writer Dan Slott was playing with the clay of the character; the same sort of guilt that’s in the original big bang of the character with Uncle Ben. Dan played that with Marla Jameson, Jonah’s wife, who died last year in a super villain attack. Spider-Man felt guilty, and because he’s Spider-Man he felt guilty about something that really wasn’t his fault. It’s not the same as Uncle Ben, but he feels these things so deeply. He has such empathy for his fellow human beings and it led him to make a decision that, as long as he was around, no more people would die. Throughout the book’s 50 year history, there have been a lot of people that have died around Peter Parker and he carries each death with him.
Thankfully, comic books are a fantasy because if as many people had died in your life as they have in Peter Parker’s, you’d probably jump off a bridge yourself. I think “Nobody Dies” is Dan trying to bring that core of the character back to the forefront.
I have no idea whether the comics internet en masse has gotten over One More Day yet – Surely it has, that was five years ago now – but, for me, Amazing as a series and Spider-Man as a character hasn’t been as consistently good as it has under Wacker’s editorial purview since the Tom DeFalco/Ron Frenz era of the mid-80s. Clearly, I prefer my webheads guilt-ridden and idealistic.