This text incorporates main spoilers for Savage Avengers #1, in shops now.
Right this moment, we have a look at how effectively Savage Avengers #1 takes benefit of the shared universe side of the Marvel Universe.
In “Motive to Get Excited,” I highlight issues from trendy comics that I believe are value getting enthusiastic about. I imply stuff extra particular than “this comedian is sweet,” ya know? Extra like a selected bit from a author or artist that impressed me.
This time round, I am taking a look at how effectively author David Pepose is doing along with his first ongoing journey into the Marvel Universe, vis a vis his utilization of the shared universe idea in Savage Avengers #1 (by Pepose, Carlo Magno, Espen Grundetjern and VC’s Travis Lanham).
WHAT IS THE POINT OF A SHARED UNIVERSE?
The shared universe idea in comedian books has been round for the reason that Golden Age, however for the reason that Marvel Age of Comics kind of began recent with the Improbable 4, it wasn’t till Improbable 4 #5 that we actually acquired to see the shared universe in impact and, because it was typically used on the time, it was Jack Kirby and Stan Lee basically making an attempt to promote us on one other comedian e book, with the Human Torch studying a replica of Marvel’s then-new comedian e book journal, the Hulk…
Nonetheless, whereas it was initially actually only a strategy to get individuals to purchase different comedian books, the Marvel Universe quickly turned one thing that followers actively cherished a lot that it basically compelled DC into having the identical kind of extremely linked shared universe that Marvel had ( DC did, after all, have a shared universe years earlier than Marvel did, however till the Justice League of America debuted, mentioned connections had been typically passive, and solely occasional, and even as soon as the Justice League debuted, it was barely referenced in DC’s largest superhero titles, Superman and Batman). Followers cherished how interconnected every little thing was.
That sense of interconnectivity additionally served to arrange threats with ease, as everybody knew the historical past of the important thing unhealthy guys of Character X, so you can simply use that villain for Character Y, as effectively. We noticed this work superbly with Frank Miller poaching the Kingpin as Daredevil’s arch-rival from the pages of Wonderful Spider Man (Miller supplied the early Daredevil villain, The Matador, in return, however they instructed him no…not likely, however that’d be humorous, proper?).
That sense of historical past, although, is commonly NOT used in addition to it might be. I not too long ago complained about this with regard to lengthy working TV exhibits, but it surely clearly applies to comedian books, as effectively. Similar to how TV exhibits are all the time introducing some new character with a connection to its heroes, so, too, do comedian books typically introduce new characters with a brand new revealed connection to the hero as a substitute of simply, you understand, utilizing a longtime character with that established connection. That sense of historical past, although, was effectively displayed in Savage Avengers #1.
HOW WELL DID SAVAVGE AVENGERS USE ITS SHARED UNIVERSE?
Exterior shared historical past groups like Improbable 4 and the X-Males, the historical past of superhero groups within the Marvel Universe, going again to even the Golden Age of comics and the All-Winners Squad, has been “throw a bunch of established characters collectively and see what occurs” and Savage Avengers #1 does this rather well.
The difficulty opens with Set worshipers, who had been the individuals behind Conan’s iconic team-up with Thor many years in the past in What If…? (and in addition the primary supply of connection between Conan and the Marvel Universe earlier than Conan absolutely turned a part of the Marvel Universe in 2018)…
We then meet Anti-Venom (Flash Thompson) and Daredevil (Elektra), who crew up as a result of Flash wants some assist in the world and clearly Daredevil is aware of Hell’s Kitchen higher than most anybody, and we be taught that the Set-worshippers have their arms on a MADBOMB!
The Madbomb is a candy throwback reference by Pepose to a tool from Jack Kirby’s CaptainAmerica run within the mid-Nineteen Seventies. As we’ve seen in instances like Walter Simonson’s Thor run or Roger Stern, John Buscema and Tom Palmer’s avengers run, there may be a lot that may be completed simply by revisiting earlier, established villain ideas (like Surtur and the Masters of Evil) in a brand new and thrilling method and going to the Madbomb was an excellent thought, as was the final idea of the problem, which is Deathlok searching down Conan and the assorted different heroes all occurring to converge on the identical space on the identical time (very like so many different nice superhero crew formations of the previous).
There’s an actual artwork to the time-honored custom of introducing a bunch of characters, set up their historical past (extra vital the much less well-known the characters are, you may discover that Daredevil does not get plenty of introduction as, effectively, everyone knows who Daredevil/Elektra is) and throw them collectively to see how they work together and Pepose handles it superbly right here (there’s an particularly refined bit the place Flash’s ego is surprised a bit to know that he actually does not stand out as a lot as a member of the Avengers as he seemingly thinks he does, as being a member of the Avengers was a BIG deal to him, however what’s an enormous deal in historical past?).
Savage Avengers #1 is actually a love letter to the very thought of the Marvel Universe and I believe will probably be an absolute blast to proceed to see these characters work together sooner or later (or the previous, regardless of the case could also be).
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