By Mark Millar (writer), Tommy Lee Edwards (art)
This latest issue of 1985 is, unfortunately, the weakest of the series (thus far). It’s not that it’s a bad issue, it’s just lacking in plot advancement. Initially, the story seems to be off on good footing. The first few pages focus on past of Toby’s father and how he became to be who he is. But from there, we’re given more escalation as the villains of the Marvel Universe slowly begin to spread their control and chaos over the entire town. Some of this imagery is the typical stuff you’d expect to see from a disaster movie, while others give a sense of awe (like the Fin Fang Foom scene). Toby and his father witness a few of these events (one which is rather disturbing), and finally decide to leave town. And that’s pretty much the issue in a nutshell. No sign of heroes, just things getting progressively worse.
The dialogue by Mark Millar is rock solid. The few character moments we get with Toby and his father are strong, but the rest of the issue almost feels wasted. I’m sure there’s a point to all this build up, but as a stand alone issue it’s somewhat lacking. Tommy Lee Edwards does another fine job bringing the world of 1985 to life. All the characters, save the Marvel characters, have a realistic, almost weathered quality to them. The villains on the other hand don’t feel as real, but do posses an imposing and intimidating feel that bolsters their larger than life presence.
If you’ve been enjoying this series as much as I have, you’ll be a little disappointing by this issue. Priced at $3.99, it’s almost hard to justify the purchase over waiting for the trade. Luckily, it’s also easy to see how an issue like this fits into the grand scheme of things.
Make your choice.
Me? I hate to say it, but I’ve bought the first two issues already. I might as well finish it. But, I won’t lie: I hate this feeling of obligation. (Grade: C+)
– J. Montes