Marvel Comics #1000 certainly brought an incredible list of some of the best creators in the business all on one book, but how about issue #1001? It’s a slimmer follow up, but it also houses many great collaborations in the one page comic book format. Can it continue the buzz around the Eternity Mask while also delivering nostalgic vibes across superheroes? In a word: Sorta?
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
It was a story too large for any one issue, with too many classic Marvel creators who wanted to be a part of the fun! And so the party continues on with this additional celebratory issue, featuring additional secrets and revelations about the Eternity Mask and the person who now wears it!
Why does this matter?
The Eternity Mask is clearly something that’ll matter a whole lot in 2020, so why not dig in and find out more here? This is also pretty easy to jump into since every story is only one page and requires a minimal amount of knowledge around the characters.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This book opens and closes with the Masked Raider breaking through a glass roof and shooting a bunch of dudes in purple hazmat suits. The art by ACO is gripping and well laid out to draw your eye, and Tamra Bonvillain uses orange and blue to make it all pop. A radio reads “6:16” and Al Ewing writes in the captions something about how everything is narrative. It’ll get you thinking, at the very least. The bookends of this tale certainly bring your focus to this Masked Raider.
In between these pages are quite a few stories involving Miles Morales putting Ms. Marvel through some practical jokes, Nightcrawler answering a newscaster’s questions about teleporting, Beast enjoying some ASMR, Sleepwalker totally misunderstanding a woman wanting a selfie, and more. You are bound to find something here you like. Personal favorites include Brian Posehn and Scott Koblish’s Deadpool story as he attempts to figure out what to give Marvel for its 80th birthday, a hilarious Watcher scene by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, and a nice little moment between Wolverine and Jubilee by Larry Hama and Andrea Sorrentino.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
If Marvel Comics #1000 was the feature film, this issue feels like the extra features on the Blu-ray release. The stories range from skippable to good with a couple great ones, but they also don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. The fact that the Eternity Mask only plays a part in two pages of the book, and only about a couple seconds take place in this scene, makes this a just-okay addition to the Marvel Comics series story.
Is it good?
I had fun with this issue, but it’s also not all that necessary to read either. A couple of stories stand out while others are just so-so, and while it’s interesting to see Ewing’s ever-so-slight additional Masked Raider story, it’s not enough to warrant a purchase alone. If you skipped Marvel Comics #1000, I suggest waiting for the collected edition.
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