See, I have had problems with Straczynski's writing. I didn't like the Gwen stuff, yeah, but I hated The Other with a passion. I mean, now that his run is wrapped up and all is said & done, what was the fucking point? Why did Peter have to die and be reborn? Why did he have augmented powers? Why did he have those stupid fucking stingers? Because, as far as I can tell, none of it mattered.
I get that there's going to be no continuity from run to run, that each new writer wipes the slate clean, to a certain extent. But Straczynski never did anything with those ideas in his own run. IIRC, there was one single issue where a shirtless Peter used the newly-spiderized hair on his body to sense where a breeze was coming from (God, typed out that looks even dumber than it was in the comic). Other than that, I don't remember any of the changes being meaningful in any way, shape, or form...and the same goes for the Gwen's kids storyline, the spider-totem stuff, and that whole "Travelling with Dr. Strange/learning that Peter is going to die in the future in a graveyard by Mary Jane's headstone" bullshit. It was so frustrating, and it felt like lazy, bad writing: all Setup, no Payoff. That's one of the reasons I was surprised by the last issue of OMD. I honestly didn't think Straczynski had it in him.