In case you didn’t know, I like Mark Millar. And since Marvel 1985 has been coming out monthly I have been creaming in my proverbial pants every month over how amazing this series has been going. The story is so suspenseful (in my mind) in that it just keeps you asking, “What could happen next?” Mark Millar knows how to keep you guessing and this title is an obvious example at how incredible his unpredictable stories are.
Let me give you more of my reaction after the break with some spoilers because I can’t explain how amazing this comic was without spoiling it all.
Our story begins where #2 left off. How cool is that? But seriously the story goes into Toby’s dad’s life a tad showing him as a slacker and how he wasted a lot of his life which all eventually led to the divorce of his wife–Toby’s mom. On top of that he is shown to be scoring with a lady or two, so kudos to the guy for keeping his game up. Haha.
What’s more important to the story is the sudden arrival of all sorts of bad guys from the pages of Marvel. At first we see Toby and his dad driving down the road where, in the background, we hear of a man who killed his girlfriend and was killed by some unknown lightning. As the two drive on they see a bunch of people just mindlessly walking into a nearby river and not coming out… Suddenly we are hit with a slew of terrible things happening all over the pages: M.O.D.O.K. is causing the people to walk into the river, Mole Man is sucking people–children no less–underground with his mini-monsters, people are dead all over a neighborhood by a baddie I didn’t recognize, we hear about a ‘guy in a Rhino suit‘ in passing, and Fin Fang Foom is trashing the city.
Toby and his dad see all of this happening and they take off. Toby thinks he’s to blame for all the bad guys in town and as his dad tells him it’s not his fault something jumps on the roof… The Lizard!
Reading this I was flipping the pages and barely reading them I was so excited. I was sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation as to what was coming next. I’m so damn interested in how and why these villains are just showing up that I’m dying to read the next issue… and I’m talking ebola-dying to read it.
And obviously you should read this comic. I highly recommend it to anyone who dug stories like Marvels or if you read any of the Frontline comics that came out for Civil War or World War Hulk, or even the current Frontline series for Secret Invasion. Though, this story has nothing to do with reporters or anything, it’s more of a humanistic tale and it’s stories like this one that keep me hooked on comics because of how amazingly personal they feel.