It’s been a tough first week for Gus at Damage Control. On Monday, he nearly caused a catastrophic Skrull attack. On Tuesday, he smushed a family who had been shrunk by Pym Particles, and on Wednesday, he turned himself into a monstrous guinea pig Kaiju.
That’s why Gus has been banished down to research and development to assist Eugene Strausser. But introducing Gus to the one member of the Damage Control team who had a brief stint as a super villain could have dire consequences… Hans Rodionoff and Adam F. Goldberg write Gus into terrible situations and Nathan Stockman brings the bad guys to glorious life in our super villain-packed issue with appalling appearances by Doctor Doom, Green Goblin, Red Skull, Loki, the Wrecking Crew, M.O.D.O.K. and more.
Comic WatchThis series is a hilarious labor of love, laden with sight gags and forgotten bits of marvel history. I'm sorry that it's nearing completion.
The Comicbook DispatchDamage Control #4 is a funny book and those who are fans of Marvel villains and appreciate goofy humor will enjoy this book. Eugene is where most of the humor comes from. The villain interviews are reminiscent of something like The Office in the way they are depicted. This issue employs the use of humor well by showing nerdy characters attempting to be intimidating.
Weird Science Marvel ComicsDamage Control #4 rinses and repeats Gus's efforts to find a good fit for himself at the titular agency. The jokes are cornier than a cornfield in Kansas, the farcical humor misses more than it lands, and by the end, you feel like you're reading a comic version of a sitcom doomed to cancellation.
ComicBook.comDamage Control #3 really found that delightful mix of humor, endearment, and marvel cameos, and also brought Gus a few steps forward as a likable character. While he doesn't regress here, he also doesn't move forward, and that's because much of issue #4 focuses on a quirky character named Eugene. While some will undoubtedly love Eugene and how he caters to a comedic sequence, the running joke and scenario he ends up in the middle of were ones of diminishing results for me personally, and quickly it became apparent that the issue was all-in on something that just didn't click with me. Writers Adam F. Goldberg and Hans Rodionoff know how to create fun characters, and Eugene starts off that way, but then just about all of the attention moves to his orbit and that of major Marvel cameos, and while some of those are fun too, it's almost like too much of a good thing. Despite some of those entertaining sequences and the larger-than-life fight by artist Nathan Stockman, colorist Ruth Redmond, and letterer Clayton Cowles, I was ready to skip to the end and move on about midway through. Hopefully, issue #5 can find that wonderful mix that drove issues 1# and #3, but there is fun to be had here. It just didn't click with me.