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GLA #1

Posted: Monday, April 11, 2005
By: Shawn Hill


Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Paul Pelletier (p), Rick Magyar (i)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Plot: Remember the Great Lakes Avengers? No, neither do they, so humorist Dan Slott gets to start from ground zero. No worries, though, because he knows the Marvel Universe well enough to make it up as he goes along just fine.

Comments: This isn’t really what I expected. I was hoping for a much more direct parody of the "Avengers Disassembled" non-event, but that’s not really where Slott’s at. Not that he doesn’t fit in some telling meta-commentary on those crude events, continuity buff that he is, but he actually bothers to flesh out the GLA and make them something the Avengers were not in “Chaos”: full-fledged characters, with personalities, histories and dreams.

Which is to say, this is far more dramatic than I expected. The goofy Mr. Immortal is suicidal throughout the issue, because he’s finally realized how crappy his power is (and he’s had a life to make Titania’s look idyllic). His teammates (beautifully rendered by the exuberant Pelletier, including a cameo of a fully functional Scarlet Witch) come to affective life, with hints at backstory for Big Bertha and Dinah Soar, if not yet for Flatman or Doorman.

The gags do come amidst the drama, visual jokes that Pelletier pulls off despite his Bagley-esque command of anatomy and facial expression. I won’t tell any of them, and they are funny, but be prepared for a deeper comic than advertised.

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