[Content notes: colloquial ableisms.]
PETER PARKER has just used NORAH WINTER’S camera (held by MARY JANE WATSON) to broadcast an inspiring speech to spider-infested New York City.
NORAH: I can’t believe you just hijacked my feed! Reporter foul! And now you’re just leaving? Parker, you said you’d be my photographer!
PETER: Sorry, Norah. You called Randy and Phil a bunch of times … one of them’ll be here.
MJ: Or you could call them back and tell them to forget it, like you should. It’s too dangerous.
NORAH: Yes, because a trained reporter can’t handle the same risks as Mary Jane Watson, supermodel. Idiot.
“Out of the Picture,” written by Dan Slott/Christos Gage and pencilled by Giuseppe Camuncoli, from Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1. Follows directly from the Peter/MJ/Norah scene in Amazing Spider-Man #668.
Not cool, Norah!
An aside: as a Norah fan I’m not entirely sure what to make of her subplot in Spider-Island so far. It’s not out of character, precisely, so much as it leaves me feeling vaguely uncomfortable for reasons I can’t quite articulate … which may be exactly the point, in fairness! But it doesn’t help that Norah is currently also appearing in The Punisher, where Rucka’s take on her is, ironically enough, a good bit lighter and less cynical. I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to end up with two completely incompatible versions of the same character in just a few more months.