This week: Stuff! Things! Turn of the millennium comix!
We got the usual raft of six-month-old contemporary titles. Spider-Women looks to be complete, so there’s a big crossover ready for reading.
A big batch of 90s Incredible Hulk. 1996-vintage Starlord? Hmm. Wolverine/Deadpool: The Decoy. Slightly excited hmm. Lots of Captain America annuals and crossovers and specials. A little bit of “Marvel Super Special” from the late 70s – looks Starlord-focused. Curious hmm.
So, nothing this week has made me jump up and squeal. But it’s not like we’re gonna run out of comics anytime soon.
Mr. Fear Takes Issue With DD’s “Man Without Fear” Motto
Wally Wood’s brilliant, brief run on Daredevil is well under way. In this issue, Daredevil and the whole Nelson & Murdock crew get together to fight Mr. Fear and a brace of c-list villains on loan from other Marvel titles.
The Man Without Fear vs. Mr. Fear … wow, I just realized how low-effort the elevator pitch for this issue sounds.
Every Monday, Marvel Unlimited gets a new batch of comics for us to enjoy. This week brings a healthy crop of (almost) new releases from May 2016, some Cable from the late 90s, some Guardians of the Galaxy from the early 90s, and most importantly – given my current 60s focus – some vintage Tales of Suspense.
Tales of Suspense ran for 99 issues from 1959 to 1968. It started getting important to the larger Marvel Universe with the debut of Iron Man in #39; it started featuring Captain America in #59. This week Unlimited gets seven new issues – #32 through #38 – which means we now have a complete collection available on MU. Get reading!
A Cap story from 1942 takes some nasty racial potshots.
As is his wont in 1942, Captain America is vigilantly protecting the home front from fifth columnists and other threats. Unfortunately, in this particular case, those threats show up in the form of Native American traitors. It’s time for Cap to flex his racist muscles against someone other than the Japanese for a change!
This is the introduction of the Maggia, which is awfully similar to TOTALLY UNLIKE the Mafia. Their leader is Count Nefaria, and he has a devious plan to undo the Avengers by using “electro images” to impersonate them.
(The Grey Gargoyle / Balder Must Die) This book is at the same time proof that early Marvel is too stupid to justify reading all of it and too awesome to skip. The Grey Gargoyle has an amazingly dumb origin and power set, and Thor / Don Blake resorts to equally stupid contrivances to overcome him.
Paul Duval is an ordinary – one might even say mild-mannered – French research chemist. When his boss distracts him one day, he spills an abnormal mixture on his hand that turns it into stone. He soon discovers that touching anything (people included) turns that thing to stone for an hour. He’s the only one who can move around when petrified; others are immobile. Being an intelligent, rational man, Paul decides there’s only one way to use this gift: crime!
Here are some practical, technical tips I’ve come up with based on my experiences exploring Marvel Unlimited so far:
Stay Far Far Away From Marvel.com
Oh my word! How do you build a collection of comics this massive with an index this terrible! If your only option for enjoying MU was to rely on the site and the in-browser reader, it would honestly not be worth the price. The reader is nothing special and the index stinks on ice.
So my Marvel Unlimited account is about six weeks old right now. I’ve already put a lot of mileage on it and looked at a couple hundred comics. Although I am doing this because I’m basically crazy, I’m not quite crazy enough to try and tackle the entire archive from the beginning. I’m currently pursuing three different lines: