Characters Appearing: Neal Saroyan, Wonder Man
Marvel Comics Presents #119 (Wonder Man)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #119 (Wonder Man story only)
So he fires his agent, Neal. But then he's tricked into signing a contract by The Agent, who works for Mojo.
Wonder Man manages to shout to Neal that he's re-hired before he's sucked into the Mojoverse. So Neal rushes into action.
Wonder Man's invulnerable body is unable to get branded with a Trademark icon, and efforts to change Wonder Man into a woman are ill advised...
...so it is up to Neal to negotiate something. Wonder Man's Shatner-like acting abilities also help.
A cute story. So far i haven't been too impressed with Dan Slott's early stuff, but this shows off his sense of humor in a good way. Mojo actually fits pretty well into the tone of the early Wonder Man solo issues, although we were already past that by the time this story was meant to take place.
The cuteness does not balance out the continuity aggravation that this story causes, but more on that in the Considerations. The other problem is the art. Pete McDonell, whoever he is, handles some of the close-ups ok, and manages to get the sight gags across, but his art is very stiff and and often looks rushed. And i don't know what he was using as a model for Wonder Man's face, but it's not any version of the character i've ever seen.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: According to a footnote left by "the boys from the continuity department", this takes place before X-Men #9.
The continuity boys were unfortunately not that diligent. First of all, the footnote should be referring to X-Men #10-11, which is when Mojo was seemingly killed. More importantly, this story also takes place after Infinity War, due to the costume Wonder Man is given at the beginning, which has a reference to Wonder Man #13 (an Infinity War tie-in). X-Men #12-13 (and therefore #10-11) has to take place before Mys-Tech Wars, because Psylocke leaves for the UK in that story, appearing in Dark Angel #7-8 and then Excalibur #55. Mys-Tech Wars takes place while Cable still has a whole face, which means it takes place before Infinity War. So X-Men #10-11 can't take place after Infinity War.
I get that in realtime it's hard to know that X-Men #10-11 can't take place before Infinity War, especially if the reason involves Marvel UK books, but you'd think that X-Men #10-11 having Jul-Aug 92 cover dates while Infinity War ended in November would give someone pause. And as i noted above, having this take place post-Infinity War isn't really a great time to do a whimsical story with Wonder Man anyway. I actually considered just ignoring the Wonder Man #13 footnote and pretending that the costume in question was just a random Evil Twin costume that Wonder Man was given, but the costume is too specific. So i'm instead going with the admittedly dubious idea that Mojo and company are here out of sequence. With the Spiral/Ricochet Rita thing and Longshot and Shatterstar both coming to present day Earth from different time periods in the Mojoverse, i feel like it's not unprecedented for Mojoverse characters to time travel. So it's not that much of a stretch, buuuuuuut yeah, it's a big stretch. I feel less bad about it because it's just a humor story.
Because of this, i haven't listed Mojo, Major Domo or Minor Domo as characters appearing. For Wonder Man, i've just placed this after Infinity War and before Wonder Man goes totally crazy in his own series in Wonder Man #16-18.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
In the word balloon with "lawsuit city" I first thought the "u" in lawsuit was an "h" and wondered how such filth got through the censors.
Posted by: Joe | May 19, 2016 11:29 AM
The look on Mojo's face as he's watching Wonder Man's "pretty unique acting style" is hysterical.
Posted by: Ben Herman | May 19, 2016 4:49 PM
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