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Marvel 1985 #4 (of 6)

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No police force, no army, no government stands a chance when the Red Skull leads Marvel’s greatest menaces into an all-out war against a world with no heroes! Young comic-book fan Toby has a plan. But does he have the will to carry it out?

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    On the surface, the score I’m giving Marvel 1985 #4 probably looks harsher than it should. With a project like this, it’s so in its own world that you have no standard to compare it to besides its own history, and that’s where issue #4 of this book lags behind a little. I’ve loved what Mark Millar has done with a premise that could easily have been dodgy, but the latest installment of the miniseries feels a lot like filler while we wait for something big to happen later.

    After Toby and his father are swept up by the supervillain attacks, the young boy decides to rally the troops, knowing that only a comic book fan could save the world from impending Doom (as in, Victor Von). Even typing those words comes off cheesy as hell, so I suppose it’s a testament to Millar’s handling of the book that 1985 doesn’t read that way. Tommy Lee Edwards’s art is, as usual, just as responsible for the concept’s success as the script. As I’ve said before, more than half of the draw of 1985 is Edwards’s work.

    But compared to issues #1 through #3, this one is relatively tame. There was a sense of wonder before that’s now given way to the archetypal scene in summer disaster blockbusters where a major metropolis is attacked and the military is proven to be populated by mindless lambs with semi-automatic weapons. There’s a small tease about just what went down at Wyncham House two decades prior, but aside from that the issue’s developments are relatively flimsy. Millar’s clunky dialogue rears its ugly head more than a few times here as well, and it’s more noticeable than before.

    If we’re being honest, I don’t see this as a fatal blow to the book’s momentum, or a sign that it’s all downhill from here. Quite the opposite, in fact: the final pages seem to suggest a return to what made the first half of the book so enjoyable. It’s just that issue #4 of 1985 suffers from the typical mid-storyline slump while the writer builds the bridge from the beginning to the end. Good news for readers, though: I think this could potentially be the worst issue of the series, and when even that is still okay, it’s a good indication.

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