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This as a 12 issue mini series by John Byrne & Roger Stern that showed gave us glimpses of the super-human community in the cold war era. The conceit was that it was published "backwards" with issue 12, and finished with issue #1, as a time traveling historian kept jumping backwards in time.

I thought it was neat back in the day, and every once in a while over the years, I'd pick up an issue of it when I found it cheap.

I finally read the last three that I was missing, #5, #3, and the "last" issue, #1.

I may have to go back and re-read the whole thing to get the full impact, but it just seemed like a REALLY lackluster ending.

Anyone out there want to confirm or deny?


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The Black Guardian

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I'm a fan, and really wished some of the characters would be seen again, but I do agree about the ending.




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Quantum


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From an artistic standpoint, any Byrne is good Byrne.

Character-wise, I wasn't too taken with any of them but Yeti.

Storywise, I liked all the easter eggs and the backward storytelling, liked how it connected with X-Men: Hidden Years, how Yeti was from an old F4 issue, or how he included the "I was an alien" story into the skrull narrative. I guess that Hulk annual he did fits in with Lost Generation too.

But Pixie, Longbow, Black Fox, Yankee Clipper, these were such plain characters and seemed like missed opportunities to actually have them look like cold war-era types. There wasn't much pathos to them dying because there was so little of them that we got to know.


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Ed Love


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And Walkabout was actually a golden-age character.





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zeus


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Yup. The backwards story telling was a fun gimmick, right up until issue #1 (the last issue). I think I'll let it rest for a couple months, then try reading it backwards to see how it feels.

The Yeti and Walkabout/Eternal Brain stuff was fun.


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zeus


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I'd LOVE to see almost any of those characters again. For some reason, Flatiron really stuck with me. Maybe because of his family life at home...


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EnglishFiend

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I always wondered if Doctor Mime and Rapunzel, were supposed to be a disguised Black Bolt and Medusa, seeing they were associated with Yeti, an Inhuman.



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The Black Guardian

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Her hair seemed to have some ability to mesmerize, which Medusa never showed. And then there's the blackface issue. Very doubtful.

The thing about Dr. Mime is that he was never even given a codename in the series.




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The Silver Surfer


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I liked it.

I will admit, I am a sucker for historical framing of stories.

I have seen some complaints about the last issue, but... what did you expect? The invasion was in the beginning.

It was sort of like Empire Strikes Back, and the ending was more of an emotional payoff, with Yankee Clipper seeing what happened to the world, and his brother.

Admittedly not as strong of a pay off.

To me, the biggest failure was that it was simply a pilot series, hoping something would come of it. Too many of the characters were left trying to tantalize you into wanting more,but if they had done more work in fleshing them out, it probably would have worked out better.

The problem was, of course, with the sliding timescale, it would not be long before they would make no sense again.

I think the characters still have a lot of potential, but as an alternate reality series, for time period specific stories.

It could be a great way to tell atypical, or even more weighty stories, without having to mess with the classic Marvel pantheon.


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Quantum


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Thanks! I didn't know that \:\)
I found this just now:
http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/e/eternalbrain.htm


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zeus


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    Quote:
    I have seen some complaints about the last issue, but... what did you expect? The invasion was in the beginning.


I was hoping for an on-panel resolution to Dr. Locke's subplot for one thing.


For another, how many team comics have a first issue where they come together to trounce some world-beater. I didn't mind finding out what happened to Yankee Clipper, but I think half of that could have been cut to make room for something more exciting.


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