Marvels

The Marvels Project 8 (July 2010)

Brubaker ties it up neatly to the first issue, which I wasn’t expecting. Low and behold, the Destroyer doesn’t get a mention, but Nick Fury does return for some nonsense. So… one of the plot points is a secret Nazi attack on December 7, 1941, an attack Captain America, Bucky and Namor foil. An attack […]

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The Marvels Project 7 (May 2010)

So the Angel–he’s the narrator of the Marvels Project for those who don’t remember–also, that big government project to develop superman? The “Ultimatizing,” it’s forgotten too. Anyway, the Angel actually gets to appear this issue… to play second fiddle to Cap and Bucky. Outside Brubaker and Epting’s Captain America, I haven’t seen a Bucky like […]

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The Marvels Project 6 (April 2010)

Is it a good issue? Umm. Depends. I mean, does a comic book have to be well-written to be good? Comics can survive bad art better than bad writing and by no means is this issue poorly written. Brubaker turns in a completely disinterested script, but it’s not bad. He dehumanizes some Germans too, quite […]

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The Marvels Project 5 (March 2010)

I guess this issue is the best one so far. I mean, the Angel goes out and does stuff this issue, meets Captain America, gets shot. It’s more than he’s done since the first issue. The Red Skull, the beautiful Epting Red Skull, shows up this issue too. I’m a little confused about Steele guy, […]

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The Marvels Project 4 (February 2010)

Good grief, halfway in and we’re not even to Captain America yet. Brubaker’s cliffhanger this issue is just become the injection. It’s such a waste of time. If it weren’t for Epting’s New York street scene and Brubaker humanizing a Nazi, I’d be done. Let me elaborate. Epting’s art at least makes it worth looking […]

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The Marvels Project 3 (December 2009)

The Marvels Project, Epting or no Epting, all of a sudden seems like a bad choice for Brubaker. Why not get Jeff Parker, who loves doing revisionist stories of old characters. I suppose I made that suggestion thinking Parker would have more creative control, but even if he didn’t–did anyone think Brubaker was just clamoring […]

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The Marvels Project 2 (November 2009)

Does anything happen this issue? I will definitely say it doesn’t tread over Marvels territory at all and does introduce one or two interesting things–the image of the Human Torch working on controlling his flames in a hayloft–but otherwise, nothing happens. The narrator–this issue revealed to be a costumed adventurer himself, the Angel–talks a bit […]

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The Marvels Project 1 (October 2009)

I really need a cast of characters page. It’s neat how Brubaker uses the Two-Gun Kid to open (though I can’t remember how he got to the future in the Slott She-Hulk series); it gives the story something of a context in the modern Marvel Universe, since it really is just another retcon. Just one […]

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Marvels: Eye of the Camera 5 (June 2009)

If Marvels II is really all about the protagonist dying, shouldn’t they have made the issues match the K├╝bler-Ross model–the five stages of grief–you know, from that “Simpsons” episode with the blowfish. Just an idea. I’m not sure when this issue takes place. Sometime in the late 1980s at least. The protagonist has been dying […]

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Marvels: Eye of the Camera 4 (April 2009)

Ok, so Secret Wars took place in the seventies? I mean, based on the style of the protagonist’s new boss, at least. She’s wearing clothes straight out of “Mary Tyler Moore.” It’s fine, of course, if it does take place in the seventies in Marvels, but maybe mention it, guys. Maybe mention the year. Maybe […]

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Marvels: Eye of the Camera 3 (March 2009)

Does Busiek have a point this time? This entire series seems pointless. It’s Anacleto, finally, drawing superheroes–not a lot of them, but some of them–and they look good and the comic looks good overall, but Busiek isn’t doing anything here. There’s nothing… pressing about this comic book. It’s completely by the numbers. It’s so unspectacular, […]

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Marvels: Eye of the Camera 1 (February 2009)

I’m a little confused. Marvels is, itself, somewhat out of continuity–the Fantastic Four didn’t really get their start in the sixties in current Marvel continuity. So, Marvels: Eye of the Camera is–or should be–out of continuity too, right? Because Busiek wastes the entire first issue ret-conning Marvels. It’s not even clear until the last five […]

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Marvels 4 (April 1994)

Marvels, quite simply, can’t live up to the potential of the first issue. The present action is about thirty years. Thirty years, four issues. It’s not going to be a solid narrative. Busiek has a couple opportunities to tie the first and fourth issue and doesn’t. It would have worked better without the same narrator […]

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Marvels 3 (March 1994)

The Galactus issue. Way too many full page fight scenes here (Ross must have been getting tired) and no real story. It’s all centered around the one event, around the Fantastic Four fighting off Galactus. I’ve never read the Fantastic Four issues this one retells, so I don’t know if the lame excuses for no […]

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Marvels 2 (February 1994)

I think this issue of Marvels might qualify as cheap. I mean, while the first one thrilled and exhilarated, in this one Busiek puts a young girl in harm’s way as a dramatic plot. I’m not saying the issue does hit you in the stomach and hard, I’m just saying… it’s easy. I mean, bigot […]

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Marvels 1 (January 1994)

Marvels, as I argued fifteen years ago and apparently am going to continue to argue today, feels more like a DC title than a Marvel one. It’s a combination of things–there’s something about Busiek’s narrator; he’s too common to be a Marvel protagonist, he’s too ugly, too sensitive. It’s also Ross’s art. Marvel comics have […]

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