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Marvel 1985 #2 (of 6)

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Toby has an ally — the Incredible Hulk! Can even the Hulk survive the most titanic throw-down with Juggernaut in comic book history? Find out in this epic clash of super hero action!

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    The first issue of Marvel 1985 had a lot going for it. Tommy Lee Edwards’s artwork is realistic enough to just about sell the series’ world as the real deal. Toby was developed enough as a lens character there was a real sense of wonder when Vulture or Hulk appeared on the page. And then there was the lingering question of whether the kid was just imagining the whole thing. With issue #2, a few of those quirky pleasantries have departed, but not enough to make 1985 an unenjoyable.

    After stumbling upon the Hulk last issue, Toby high-tails it and makes the fatal mistake that every kid in every supernatural story makes: he tells people about it, who then assume he’s nuts. Last issue established that the Marvel Universe supervillains had infiltrated the “real” world because it lacked superheroes to stop them, and this issue sees that thread begin, with the corny ’80s villains like Stilt-Man and Electro wreaking a bit of havoc.

    I was taken aback by how eerie the Vulture looked perched on top of a house in issue #1. I mean c’mon, it’s the Vulture. But that really spoke to how well the world had been set up. In issue #2 some of that magnificence is gone as the villains start to interact with the world, but Millar wisely writes this issue from a street-level standpoint. That is, Electro might be a chump to the likes of Spider-Man, but to the average person he’s a lunatic with the power to send bolts of lightning coursing through your body. Something is clearly going right if the Vulture and Electro can turn into imposing figures.

    Millar’s script unfortunately takes a bit of a dive in 1985’s second part. The dialogue is stilted at best, with a lot of exchanges sounding awkward. Many of 1985’s characters speak like their dialogue is written, not spoken. Things like “Bring a tear to a glass eye” just come off clunky and strange.

    Tommy Lee Edwards, however, manages to meet the bar he set with issue #1. His photo-referencing of characters makes for a well-rounded cast that looks like they were ripped from real life. The only stumbling block he comes upon is a sequence that depicts the Sandman’s power usage — I had to take signals from his costume to even recognize who the character was supposed to be. It’s not a huge deal, but something to watch as the series progresses and more characters begin popping up.

    1985 is certainly strange, but certainly intriguing. Some of the initial magic might’ve worn off a bit, but it’s definitely occupying its own niche and it’s off-beat enough to warrant a look.

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