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Marvel 1985 #4

August 25, 2008

The first half of Millar’s story has been told and with the fourth issue out now, we are one step closer to the conclusion of this intriguing tale. Last time we left Toby and his father, when they were attacked by the Lizard. The military has in the meantime put up blockades in order to protect the town from the invasion that has occurred over night. When the Lizard takes Toby hostage, his father is unable to act and the boy is only freed when a few soldiers open fire and chase of the reptilian foe. While Toby’s father tries to get to his ex-wife in order to evacuate her from the town under siege, Toby himself tries to convince his friends to go after the supervillains (I admit I had to laugh at his theory that they are practically supervillain specialists because of their comic book habit). He finally decides to try and find the source of the invasion himself and this is when things go kind of wrong.

In this issue Millar sends even more villains into Toby’s world to wreak havoc, among them being popular characters like the Mandarin, Bullseye, the Abomination and the Blob. Still, I think the overall action packed theme of this episode kills the mystical atmosphere the previous issues presented. The sense of wonder from the first three comics is replaced with the destruction of the town by the different villains and it all seems a bit too normal again (normal for comic standards that is). The art by Tommy Lee Edwards is still very fitting and I would even go so far to say that it saves this issue from completely falling into mediocrity. However, at the end Edwards’s style coloring style changes in order to fit the Marvel universe and I’m still not sure if I like this change or not. I guess it will either unfold or crumble in next months issue.

Story                  7

Art                      7

Reread Value     6

Overall rating    6.5/10

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