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Marvel 1985 #5 (of 6)

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Toby Goodman’s figured out the only way he can save the real world of 1985 from an invasion of super-villains from the Marvel Universe — but to do so he has to lay his life on the line and journey to the one place he never imagined he’d go…

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    For its penultimate chapter, 1985 takes a detour from the outlandish sci-fi extension of the concept that Mark Millar has indulged himself in, and plays around a bit on more traditional terrain. And true to form for the series, it even delivers a slightly skewed take on the well-trodden Marvel superhero world.

    Last issue saw Toby sucked into the Marvel Universe, so you’d be forgiven if you expected issue #5 to be essentially his call to arms for the Marvel big guns. Unfortunately for him, though, it’s not quite that easy. If the series was 1967 it might have been simple enough for a kid to walk up to Avengers Mansion and rally the troops, but 1986 was the tail end of the Bronze Age and as such, the heroes and their world are a bit more complex. It’s a nice little twist for the title, and an enjoyable play on expectation.

    The other side of the coin, however, is that issue #5 is a book where not a terrible amount of things happen. It’s satisfying to see Toby run into Peter Parker, or to see the Wendigo carrying a severed head around town, but as far as the big picture 1985 only has one issue to go, and there’s a substantial amount of story left to tell in order to resolve things in an acceptable manner. I don’t doubt Millar’s ability to do that, but the pacing is a bit worrying as the series moves forward.

    The art for the series has been great across the board, but a minor wrinkle shows up this issue. For the “comic world” that Toby steps into, Tommy Lee Edwards employs a sketchier, less-detailed version of the pencilwork we’ve enjoyed so far on 1985, and I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. I understand the effect he was going for, and it’s a smart move to do something visually different for each world, but I wish it would’ve been something more… appealing. As it stands, it looks like a fill-in artist called in to emulate Edwards’s style and doing only a half-decent job at it. Edwards’s work resembles Bill Sienkiewicz normally anyway, so I would’ve liked to see him completely go off the deep end and channel Sienkiewicz’s more abstract ’80s tendencies circa Moon Knight and New Mutants, or even some of those iconic Dazzler covers. In that way, it would’ve made the comic world feel a big more fantastical and less like the “real” world.

    1985 continues to be an odd but deeply enjoyable experience. Minor flaws aside, this issue keeps the book’s streak of defying expectations alive.

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