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Subj: Re: Any fans of Byrne & Stern's Marvel: The Lost Generation?
Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 at 07:55:15 am EDT (Viewed 61 times)
Reply Subj: Any fans of Byrne & Stern's Marvel: The Lost Generation?
Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 at 06:25:02 pm EDT (Viewed 114 times)

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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?

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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