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Let’s speculate.  Because it’s fun to do.

You all know the origin story of the amazing Spider-Man right?  Mild-mannered Peter Parker is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider and acquires the agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid as well as the ability to cling to walls and ceilings.  With these new found powers, he goes on to become Spider-Man.

But…what if we reversed that?

What if, instead it was a radioactive spider biting a human, you have a radioactive human biting a spider?  Radioactive humans exist, either for medical treatment or science experiments gone wrong or ignorance or nuclear disasters.  They exist.  Now, what if you got one of them to bite a spider?

Admittedly, this would be difficult.  A spider can bite a human and the human can survive since a spider is typically much, much smaller than a human (and we are discounting venom).  I’m not really sure how a human can bite a spider and have the spider survive.

I guess we can play with the sizes a little.  Make the spider one of the giant species of tarantula, like the Gooty sapphire (links to a picture, obvs).  They grow to be about as big as your face.  Another plus about the Gooty sapphire is that they already have a really great crime-fighting outfit.  They’re really pretty spiders.

Female spiders also tend to be bigger than male spiders, so we could also make sure the spider in question is female.  I’m not sure if that would change the title of the character though.  The amazing Girl-Spider?  The amazing Woman-Spider?  I guess it doesn’t really change it.  Because those two titles imply that it was a female human biting a spider.   I guess we don’t differentiate gender in spiders with different terminology.  And we could argue that we’re using “man” as a generic term for humankind.  For simplicity’s sake.

But what kind of powers would the amazing Man-Spider obtain from getting bitten (and surviving) by a radioactive human?  Peter Parker didn’t lose any of his human abilities when the spider bit him, so I don’t think our spider should lose any of her spider abilities.  Humans are known for their…speech?  And intelligence?  And opposable thumbs?  I guess those would be good traits for the amazing Man-Spider to have.

So the amazing Man-Spider!  A spider bitten by a radioactive human!  Inexplicably develops opposable thumbs on all of her legs and the ability to speak and gains super-intelligence (for a spider)!  With these new found powers, she decides to go and fight crime!  And I bet she’d be pretty successful at it judging by the rampant arachnophobia in this world.

I missed Friday.  I was going to put something up but then the weekend got away from me too.  I’m terrible.  But I’ll tell you about Attack on Titan, which is partly to blame for my lackluster posting schedule last week (i.e. I posted only once and late…you’d think I’d be able to get at least one post up on time).

Attack on Titan.  I’ve been watching it.  Or rather, I have watched it, as I’ve already gone through all 25 episodes and the second season isn’t in the works right now so this might be it.  Even though the story is unfinished.  Shakes fist.

Ahem.  Attack on Titan is an anime based on the manga of the same name.  I haven’t been sucked into an anime in years now.  Nothing has really caught my interest.  But Attack on Titan has post-apocalyptal and dystopian themes.  I have a certain fondness for dystopian themes.  And it probably falls under the genre of dark fantasy.  Um…I guess I’m saying that overall, it’s pretty dark.  And brutal.  But so good.

And while the anime has good art and animation, it also has plot development.  And character development.  And a good story.  Those last three things are rather important to me.  I don’t really watch things just because they look good.

It’s been out for about a year.  You can watch a subbed version of it on Crunchyroll still.  I think they’re about to retire the first 13 episodes, so if you want to watch it on Crunchyroll, you should do it soon.

I may pick up the manga for it too (soft version because the only shelf space I allow for hard copies of comics are for Axe Cop, Dr. McNinja, and Girl Genius) because I like it so much.  There has been a lot of talk about how the art in the manga is pretty crude, but I don’t really think that’s going to deter me from enjoying the manga.  Again, it’s about the story and development.  Good art is a bonus.

You’ll note that I really didn’t say anything of worth about Attack on Titan.  That’s because I get yelled at about spoilers.  Which I don’t even believe in.  But people yell so stridently about them that it’s just easier not to say anything.

You can watch the Corridor Digital guys and assorted friends play the game here, if you want.  I find them rather entertaining.