As always when it comes the middle of the blogging week, I try to think about what else to write/bitch about.
Today I figured I'd do something fun and interesting, and force myself to choose my Top 5 least favorite crossover events over the years, from Marvel comics. Not an easy task, but a challenge worth undertaking.
So here's the Marvel Top 5:
5). Secret Wars 2 (1985-85)
The sequel to the first, this one was all/mainly about the Beyonder sporting a jericurl and an all-white tracksuit and pants wanting to grant all the Marvel heroes' one main wish.
It just sucked ass and fell flat. Vastly inferior to the original, and nowhere near as fun.
Although he did get Spider-Man to teach him how to the bathroom while he masqueraded as Captain America.
Do they still clown on Cap about that?
4). Atlantis Attacks (1989)
Basically the evil god Set and a bunch of evil Atlanteans want to use the Serpent Crown to impregnate seven super bitches and destroy/rule the world.
Points for being ambitious enough to wanna' capture, rape, and impregnate 7 of the most well-known and hottest super-heroines around at the time though.
3). Civil War (2006)
Some of you may be surprised to see this particular event on here. Not me. It was all a highly-advertised and over-hyped excuse for Mark Millar to make super-heroes fight each other like they traditionally do during some team-ups. Millar even admitted as such in a Wizard Magazine article.
It was just awful, and it ruined the characterizations of Iron Man/Tony Stark and Mr. fantastic and some others for a really long time. If it weren't for those Iron Man movies, I wonder if Tony would've recovered as quickly as he did. Just horrible mis-characterizations all across the board.
Plus it was excuse to kill off someone as important as Captain America, only to bring him back in like what, 6 months time?
And where is that Registration Act now? Repealed/conveniently forgotten and done away with.
Yep. Figures as much.
It's what passed for a decent storyline back then, as Marvel was really struggling to stay out of bankruptcy(which it later succumbed to officially by the next year anyways) I personally the enjoyed the The Crossing storyline from a year previous, despite how universally panned and hated that one is(and it kinda' deserves it honestly) but damn did Marvel really stink up the joint with this one.
It did accomplish a few things though, both good and bad:
a). It got rid of the main franchise players for a year, in preparation to set up the horrible "Image Makeover" from Jim Lee and Rob Liefield.
b). Really fucked over the X-Men for a longtime in the MU, setting up Operation: Zero Tolerance, and for giving the common man and woman in the MU another reason to blame mutants for bad things happening.
c). Made most of 1997 an interesting year, by kind of being forced to rely on previously failed titles in Alpha Flight and Ka-Zar another chance to make it in the marketplace and MU without the big guns around.
1). Heroes Reborn (1996-97)
I won't front and say I didn't buy up these titles as they were being cranked out. I was curious like everyone else, and drank the kool-aid that was being passed out.
Time and most of us have not grown particularly kind to this desperate attempt by Marvel to stave off bankruptcy and gain new readers.
It didn't really do much of either, at least not in the long run.
It wound up driving off readers than it attracted, and the whole thing was done by the end of '97.