Can you be nostalgic for something you hated the first time around?
Looking at everything that's been done to Spider-Man in the last two years or so (organic webshooters, The Other, the House of M revelation that he'd rather be married to Gwen Stacy, moving in with Stark, the Iron Spider, unmasking), I'm actually missing. . . The Clone Saga.
I really can't believe I typed that, but at least at heart it seems like a well-intentioned attempt to get Spider-Man back to his "roots". Send the current version, who's married to a sometimes model, who's expecting a baby, off into the sunset of the Pacific Northwest, to spend his days as a husband, father, probably scientist (something related to genetics I'd bet), and yeah, probably occasional superhero, on those rare occasions a Marvel villain strays from New York, and threatens his home.
Replace with different version, that's not married, doesn't have the educational credentials of the previous Parker, even if he does have the smarts. So he works a menial job, and tries to have relationships, but being Spider-Man gets in the way. Hey, that sounds like classic Spidey!
Whether or not that was a neccessary move, whether it's a good idea, I don't know. But at least it seemed a bit smoother. There didn't seem to be the hamhandedness we're seeing with Quesada fumbling about trying to remove Mary Jane from the board. Just assure the fans that no, they aren't dead, they've just moved on to a different place to live. If it were up to me, don't even argue with the question of which was the original Spider-Man, and which is a clone. Let the fans argue about it, if they care. Oh and they should have had Ben Reilly keep using the original Spider-Man costume. That was the most jarring thing to me, as someone who lacked the funds to buy every Spidey title, so just glancing through one or two every few months, I was lost. What's with this weird costume? Why is he a blonde? Oh, it's the Scarlet Spider? Where's Peter at?
I guess that's the problem, that sometimes -OK, a lot of times - we as fans demand more consistency than is probably good. Maybe "consistency" is the wrong term, maybe I just mean "less change". We wouldn't accept the new guy, we hollered about it, they brought back Peter and Mary Jane from the Northwest, and eventually restored the previous status quo.
To be fair, they've written some good stories since the end of the Clone Saga, so it wasn't the worst thing in comics history that they went the route they did, but given recent trends, if they gave me the choice between the scorched earth tactic they seem to be taking to Peter's character now, and just bringing in a new Spider-Man, that looks and acts strikingly similar to the old one, I'd have to vote for option "B".
Probably a "grass is always greener" situation, but where I'm standing right now, I'm not seeing much grass period, green or otherwise.