- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (August 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785121595
- ISBN-13: 978-0785121596
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marvel 1985 Paperback – August 5, 2009
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Mark Millar and Tommy Lee Edward's "Marvel 1985" was a comic book that I wanted to like a lot because of the intriguing premise - but after reading it, I found myself strangely underwhelmed.
Drawing heavily from the concept of films like The Last Action Hero and playing fast and loose with the concept of fictional versus real violence should have been a lot more effective in the hands of a writer like Mark Millar. Sadly, in the case of this book, it wasn't. I couldn't engage with the characters as anything other than cyphers and cliches and whilst TLE's artwork was suitably lurid and vaguely reminiscent of the artwork of comics like ...Read more ›
Happily, Millar never gives in to the temptation to explain anything. There's a big portally thing (a glowing plothole, essentially) and a bunch of Marvel villains dive through it. Ostensibly there to 'take over', the villains immediately devote themselves to acts of senseless and horrifying destruction.
Our hero is a kid who, alongside his deadbeat dad, realize that there's something very wrong going on (First hint: Ultron blowing up the mall). Thanks to their geeky knowledge of the Marvel universe (plus some courage + purity of heart stuff), they save the day.
1985 probably isn't the best juxtaposition of comics and reality - but there aren't many better. By setting aside his need for 'big sweeping plot arcs' and world-building and focusing on the minutiae of life, Millar has written a solid piece of horror fiction. Not only does he use many of the genre tropes (little kid, estranged family, nobody who believes, creepy house in the woods), but he also successfully channels the fanboy wantonness of Wanted to create some fairly terrifying bad guys.
As Millar says in an interview with Comics Bulletin:
"In the Marvel Universe a guy like Stilt Man is a joke, but here in the real world he would be terrifying. He could take on an entire police precinct. Somebody like Sandman could take on the US Army. We all kind of forget how scary these guys could be in the real world. That's the origin of the series: the real world vs. the Marvel Universe.Read more ›
the story of a kid and his dad connecting over something they love there relationship to each other is strong .
The dad's relationship to his exwife is believable by the end of the story even though she love's him when before he dies ,
he came back to there house to save her . If this were a movie they would get back together in Hollywood fashion they don't ,
even though dying is kind of a cheat .
His son becomming a writer for Marvel Comics so he could bring him back to life with a woman he had a crush on as a kid reading comics is great .
I've read enough Mark Millar to know this guy knows how to write a damn fine superhero comic so ordering this was a no-brainer - weird year to pick but then I trust this writer to tell an entertaining story.
Eep - seems I was wrong! While he is generally awesome, "1985" is by no means a flawless, or even half good, book.
The story is too slight to be stretched over 6 issues. We see the same thing repeated over and over - boy struggles with reconciling his divorced father's situation of no money compared to his mother and step father who do have cash, he retreats into comics, then witnesses a Marvel character appear in real life. After a while it becomes predictable, and frankly the boy and his father's story just wasn't strong enough to sustain a full 6 issues.
Also, the build-up about his father's "dark past" and "that one day" is such a cop out in the end, revealed in a couple of pages in an offhand way as to seem like nothing in the overall story.
Then the superheroes - the villains seep over to the real world until the final issue and then the heroes show up and save the day. All the characters are bland and do the usual superhero things, minus any dialogue, and the whole book is tied up neatly with an admittedly kind of cool ending.
Overall it's quite a bland and unexciting read with some, at times fantastic art, other times too inky and scratchy as to be annoying.Read more ›
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The most compelling thing about this book is that it's set in the real world in a specific time frame- and wonders what would happen if the heros and villians we've always admired... Read morePublished 1 month ago by thirdtwin
I felt that the story was well conceived and told, but the art just didn't work for me. Not saying it was bad, but I feel this story would have been represented better if the parts... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by tim
One of the better Marvel stories I have ever read. If you read comics and have not read this then you are missing out. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Erik Poulsen
I would have been the same age as the main character in the book in 1985, so this was a very nostalgic read for me. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by chh1138
This is a great idea that could have been great if the end hadn't felt so rushed. While I usually like my artwork a little more clear, the artists interpretation serves nicely in... Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Michael Crispo
Not as epic as some hype may have led me to believe, but I loved it anyway. Fun read with some classic throwback plot ideas and tons of classic Marvel characters!Published on September 28, 2009 by Premadejohn
Written by Mark Millar
Illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards
(Marvel Comics, 2009)
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