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Marvel 1985 [Paperback]

Mark Millar
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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9 Feb 2009
The most powerful super-villains in the Marvel Universe gather their might to wreak havoc in the one place they've never before set foot - the real world! As mankind's enemies cut a swath of destruction with unprecedented ferocity and ruthlessness, the fate of the planet rests in the hands of one person: Toby, a 13-year-old boy who holds the key to uniting his comic book idols - the Marvel heroes!

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: PANINI UK LTD / MARVEL (9 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846534062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846534065
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars `Cos he's still preoccupied - with 1985! 5 Oct 2011
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
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A young boy and his divorced father bond over their mutual love of Marvel comics only for - gasp! Marvel villains to show up in their sleepy, backwater town and begin to wreak havoc! Suddenly it's up to the boy to save the town somehow while we discover the dark past of his father - is he the loser his mother told him about or is he something more?

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up! 21 Jun 2014
This has disaster written all over it. Fictional superheroes in the real world, our world, the one you are reading this from. Like a Smurfs live action film this can’t be good.
But wait, it actually is. Cleverly set in 1985 this world is far enough removed from our own so as to still feel fictional. It also pushes the nostalgia buttons of anyone who was around then. By reminding you of a period when you first read comics and still believed in heroes it sucks you in to empathise with the 13 year old protagonist. We all wondered ‘what if’ at one time didn’t we?
Millar is famed for his anti-super hero work with Kick Ass and similar projects so it is nice to see him present a more optimistic tale. It isn’t actually about the supers either. We follow a boy struggling with growing up and his father who is also still struggling to grow up. There is a mystery and a hefty spoonful of human drama, albeit with a slightly Scooby Doo ending.
The art is much darker and grainier than modern Day-Glo comics, perhaps to hark back to a four-colour age. The covers are great tributes to that period and there are some famous comics that appear within the storyline too. A trip to the actual Marvel Universe is rendered in a different, softer style that really hits the spot.
There is a lot of humour and wisdom in this volume and this is a side of Millar’s talent you rarely get to see these days. This succeeds because it is about people and in some ways about you, not about the spandex cavalry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good 29 May 2012
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This is original enough story that includes a vast range of Marvel characters, it appeals all generations of comic book fans
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This is Millars best (bar kick-ass and superman red son)work of the oo's (2000-2009).The super villians of the 80's (no, not incuding Thatcher)Invade our world and are met by a 13 year old boy named Toby. I think this is a a comic that should be made into a movie or a 6 part tv show .This is definatly worth the £10 I spent on it in WH-SMITH and is a great follow up to Marvel Secret Wars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same please 3 Jan 2011
By Rinaldo
What a refreshing book, i've been a firm collector of graphic novels and in particular Marvel ones for the past 6 years now, and of the 200+ books that I now own, this is by far and away my pride and joy. One of the best Marvel books to have come out in a long, long time. More of this ilk please.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Postmodern Marvel? 27 Dec 2009
Well not quite, but '1985' is a diverting story starring some familiar Marvel characters. The premise is intriguing - Super-villains have managed to cross from the page into our world, and are wreaking havoc, with no heroes to stop them. What follows is a fairly strong story-line that pits the weak against the mighty.

'1985' tips the wink to the comic-book history that precedes it, and plays homage to both its predecessors and its readership. The comic-book geek as hero, makes '1985' an interesting read, but I think you need to be a true aficionado to fully appreciate it. I have only a passing knowledge of Marvel's mythos and am sure that I missed many references and allusions that a true fan would picked up on. The last panels of the book are clearly significant, but instead of attaining enlightenment, I was left with the disheartening feeling that I'd missed something.

The central story is good, though perhaps a little too brief. I would have preferred to see a more extended examination of the themes the authors introduced. The hero's discovery of a solution to his problems was given almost without explanation, and was far too convenient. Since this was only a six-issue story collection, further details would have been difficult to include, so perhaps this is unfair criticism. Similarly, I would have liked to see more involvement form Marvel's traditional heroes.

1985 is an interesting concept well-executed, but I think so much more could have been made of it. Notwithstanding my own ignorance about the Marvel universe, I think '1985' could have been so much more, had it had the opportunity to explore its ideas in greater depth. As a result, this reader was left a little disappointed.
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