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This review is from: Marvel 1985 (Paperback)
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.