Monday, February 8, 2010

Ravage 2099 #1

Continuing with the 2099 theme, from yesterday's Spider-Man Sunday's Spider-Man 2099, we find one of Stan Lee's forgettable comic books, Ravage 2099 #1. Lee writes this Marvel 2099 Ravage solo title for reasons unknown. Ravage is a lackluster hero with no powers and a very familiar Punisher feel to him. Interesting enough, there is a 2099 Punisher title, as well. Though later in the Ravage 2099 comic book run, Ravage would gain powers...he was still boring. Ravage was the one 2099 title character that was completely new (not re-imagined like Spider-Man or the Punisher), and yet Lee really missed the mark with him. I mean come on Stan! He had red hair! That's like giving Jimmy Olsen his own series. What's this? Olsen had his own series? Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen? I wonder why that one is not still around anymore...(cough) red head (cough).

The covers of the 2099 #1 books are themed. They have a framing around the main image with a computer or mechanical looking foil. It is like the C.S. Lewis 2099 Wardrobe. Enter the book to a magical place of bland futureness. Currently, the foiled framing pretty much identifies books that didn't appreciate in value.

As far as what is in Ravage 2099 #1...well they say "shock" again. The "shock" use alone made Ravage 2099 #1 the comic of the day. As I mentioned in the previous Spider-Man 2099 #1 post, in the future people say "shock" in the place of a curse word. Making this even more confusing is the fact that in Ravage 2099 #1 a character says he is "shocked". In this instance he is referring to the term in the way we new it in 1992, "startled." Stan, you can't do that to us. It's shocking confusing!

Forgiving the legendary creator isn't hard to do, but buying the follow up to Ravage 2099 #1 was. I hear they made more issues. I mean it has a Wikipedia page that swears to it. But you shouldn't believe everything you read on Wikipedia. I mean, it says there's a Jimmy Olsen comic book...which I still don't believe exists.

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