Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Goran Parlov
Publisher: Image Comics
So here’s Mark Millar’s latest creator-owned comic. I have tried anything of his since SUPERIOR. But I found this concept intriguing. This is the story of Duke McQueen, a former Air Force pilot. Decades ago, Duke was somehow sucked through a wormhole in space (we don’t get all the details yet) and ended up on a planet called…
Written by Jemir Johnson
Drawn by Luis Sierra and Winston Blakely
Published by Creative Elamentz Studios
This comic-book stars Jemir Johnson’sseminal character Jay Nova, a tough female Private Investigator who has a secret power to read minds. And while you’d think that would be an extremely useful ability in that line of work, it also has the unfortunate side-effect of causing her massive pain,…
Written by Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan
Directed by Peter Berg
Released in July 2008
So after the recent news about the Fantastic Four movie castinghas sparked a lot of discussion across the net about Black superheroes in movies, and I thought I’d revisit this film. Here’s a movie about a Black superhero, and it’s completely original, not even based on an established comic-book character. But…
Writer: Mark Millar, Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards, Publisher: Marvel Comics
1985 is a 6-issue miniseries released in 2009.The premise of the story is pretty neat. It’s set in our world, the “real world,” in 1985 (duh), and stars a young boy named Tobey, who is kind of withdrawn, with not many friends, due to his parents’ divorce. He lives with his mom and stepdad, but often visits with his father, who is a nice guy, but a bit of a slacker (hence, why his wife divorced him). Tobey’s stepdad gets a job offer in England, meaning that that they’ll have to move, even though Tobey doesn’t want to go because he’ll miss his dad. One thing Tobey inherited from his dad is a love of comic-books. That’s Tobey’s main form of entertainment, and as his real life become sadders, Tobey withdraws into his imagination, immersing himself in comics (particularly Marvel Comics, naturally).
Things start getting weird when, suddenly, supervillains from Marvel Comics start appearing in the Tobey’s little town. At first , no one believes Tobey when he tries to tell them that he’s seen characters like Dr. Doom, Doctor Octopus, The Red Skull and The Juggernaut in the town, thinking it’s just his imagination. Only Tobey’s dad seems like he might believe him. Soon, the you-know-what hits the fans, as more supervillains appear and begin causing havoc. It turns out that Tobey was right, in an old abandoned house, which belonged to a man named Clyde Wynchem, who was a friend of Tobey’s dad in grade school but has been brain-damaged and catatonic for over 20 years, and was recently moved to an asylum after his mother, his sole caretaker died, there is a portal from our world to the Marvel Universe. And the supervillains have discovered it and have been coming through to invade our world, where there are no superheroes to stop them, and our regular police and military are outmatched by the army of villains, which eventually grows to include GALACTUS.
At one point Tobey goes through the portal himself and enters the Marvel Universe to seek help. After being unable to get through to The Avengers of The Fantastic Four, he goes to the Daily Planet to seek out Peter Parker, and proves to him that he’s telling the truth by telling Peter a bunch of secret details of Peter’s life, including that Peter is Spider-Man, which Tobey knows because he’s read comic-books, of course. With Spidey’s help, they rally a bunch of superheroes to come through the portal to our world to face the supervillains.
I won’t spoil the ending, other than to say it’s not what you’re probably expecting. But it does end happily, and I must say that, story-wise, this is probably the best-written corporate owned property that Mark Millar has ever done. No excessive violence, cursing, or sexual situations that Millar has become known for in his later creator-owned work, just a heartfelt charming tale of a young lad who has to save the world from supervillains. This is the book I would recommend to a comic-book reader who is not a fan of Mark Millar’s work. And for those are already fans, I’d also recommend it and point out that there is a plot-point in this series that later ties into Mark Millar’s story in the Fantastic Four. I give him an A+ for this.
Art-wise, I wish I could be as generous, but Tommy Lee Edwards’ work is decent, and definitely serves the story well, I just think that an artist with a cleaner style could have fit this series even better. I’d give Edwards a C for this.
It’s funny that I noticed that my post “NICE GUYS” FINISH LAST (BECAUSE THEY DESERVE TO) got some new hits today, because I was later made of aware of this new story which really fits into this topic. I’ve written about it on my Facebook and Google+ pages, answering the people who were saying things like “She could have let him down easier/she didn’t have to be so harsh/”and stuff like that, by…
Anonymous asked: Why a hampaster and what's you comic about??
Thanks for the question! There’s actually no P in “hamster”.
I chose a hamster because my sister and I had them as pets growing up and I’d drawn a bunch of hamsters as cartoon characters and eventually came up with Roosevelt.
Here’s the answer to what the comic is about:
So what exactly is “HAMSTER RAGE” ?
The world’s best super hero is a super heroine. Her name is MegaBabe. After years of struggle this has finally been her year. Bad guys are locked up, disasters have been avoided, she’s good at leading her team “The Allied Force” and great at keeping her identity top secret.
Then her childhood pet came back into her life. His name is Roosevelt and he’s changed a bit. Now he’s a little over eight feet tall, super strong, invulnerable and has the mind of a hyperactive child. He’s hungry for chaos and cheddar and he’s managing to get both.
This was supposed to be her year… but now it’s his.
Thanks for reading!
Been reading this comic for years, y’all should check it out!