Spoiler Review: 1985 #4

The people over at Millarworld were kind enough to once again send over a PDF copy of Millar’s latest release, 1985. The book came out yesterday, but since most of us have yet to read it, I left the spoiler warning in the title of this post. So, yes, there will be spoilers and pictures links and whatnot. Enjoy.

When we last left out heroes, the Lizard was on the roof and ready to tear open that van like a sardine can—I’m really enjoying the realistic portrayal of not just the villains, but of this entire world that Tommy Lee Edwards and Mark Millar have created—Next, Toby’s dad smashes into a roadside billboard in an attempt to clear the bug off his windshield, but instead, it leads to a hostage situation—The speech by the Lizard, in fact the point that Millar is illustrating through the Lizard is my favorite part of this book. In this simple moment, Millar shows us that in this world, heroism is not the naturally occurring phenomenon that it is in the Marvel Universe—After getting his son back, Toby’s dad asks the army what’s up and they explain some shizzy about “sleeper agents”—until this moment, I’d forgotten that this story takes place during The Cold War. Obviously, they’re Russian sleepers and not Super Villains! Very cool—After Toby’s father runs off to save his mother, Toby tries to recruit his very own “Monster Squad”—I see that Millar has fond memories of that film as well—Naturally, Toby’s buds tell him to ###-off, so Toby decides to save the world on his own. In the next few pages, Millar and Edwards show us what the villains have been up to—this Bullseye full pager being my favorite—We’re back with Toby just as he finds a doorway to adventurea doorway to super heroes—SQUEEE—Toby leaps through, transporting himself across “The Bleed” and into the 616it’s fun how not only does the art style change once we arrive in the Marvel Universe, becoming more realistic, but also the font of the “To Be Continued” appears in that trademark superhero style. Avengers Assemble!

I still love this book, despite all my Millar hate, because it’s a damn well put together read. Also, HO-HO-HO! I was right, as were many of you I’d guess; the kid from the Wyncham House had powers… or is it Toby’s dad with the powers? Not much more to say besides… looking forward to #5 and the promised crossover with Fantastic Four.

Oh, question for the readers… that scene in the middle of the book that takes place in 1964, are those zombies surrounding the house? Night of the Living Dead zombies? Hmm?

2 thoughts on “Spoiler Review: 1985 #4

  1. I thought they were just townsfolk. Though, yeah… in retrospect, the fact that they flipped out about the dad does seem to imply zombies.

    I didn’t like 4 quite as much as 3, but I guess that’s just due to the nature of being a bridge issue instead of an events issue. 5 looks like it’ll be really fun. 🙂

  2. “The speech by the Lizard, in fact the point that Millar is illustrating through the Lizard is my favorite part of this book. In this simple moment, Millar shows us that in this world, heroism is not the naturally occurring phenomenon that it is in the Marvel Universe”

    I think that part of my problem with Millar and Ennis is that this is a point that’s novel the first time you read something they write, but like Frank Miller’s ‘all women are whores’ schtick, Millar/Ennis’s obsession with this particular viewpoint creeps into almost every work they do.

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