Has anyone else been enjoying Mark Waid and Rodriguez/Lopez’s History of the Marvel Universe as much as me?
I know it started back in September so I’m probably late to the party. I wanted to wait until I had all 6 issues before I started reading it so I could ingest it all in one chunk. Little did I know that there is so much material in the Annotations at the back of each book that it’s taking me longer than I thought it would to get through it.
As a kid, I loved comics but I jumped around between titles a lot and never spent enough time with any series or story arcs to get much of an appreciation for the Marvel Universe as a whole or it’s history. I took 25 years off of comics until I fell back in love a few years ago. Needless to say, I missed quite a bit.
This has been a perfectly concise, yet comprehensive explanation of a vast, and very convoluted, universe.
It’s a perfect primer for new comic readers, people like me who never bothereed to tie everything together, or well versed geeks who want to test, or refresh, their Marvel knowledge.
Either Mark Waid is a savant, able to absorb and regurgitate massive amounts of information at will or, there were a team of researchers and super computers helping him write this. He seamlessly blends mythos from the very beginnings of Timely/Marvel all the way up to modern day. Ret-cons and all.
Plus, I’m loving the artwork. It smells pretty good too.
Am I off base on this? Did Waid butcher or make a mockery the Marvel legacy? Or, do you like it as much as I?