Marvel Comics Presents #19 (Damage Control)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #19 (Damage Control story only)
He fails to close the deal after a grenade from a Daredevil/Turk fight blows up the bar...
...and it's instantly replaced by Damage Control.
But Porter gets a consolation prize: they offer him a job.
Satire is difficult in a shared universe. I used to hate the very concept of Damage Control because it took a serious question (how does New York constantly reset itself after every super-hero battle that blows it to smithereens?) and hand waves it away. But of course it's really just poking fun at the inherent conflict between Marvel's realism and its "world outside your window" setting. I enjoy the concept much more now and the issues are a nice change of pace from the more serious stuff. I do sometimes find that things get too goofy and Mad Magazine-y where i'd prefer a smarter type of satire but more on all of that when we get to the actual full issues. This is a good introduction; using Josie's Bar as a starting point was a perfect choice.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: 1989's Damage Control #1 has to get pushed back into 1988 due to the composition of the Avengers that appear in that issue, so this prelude, which shows John Porter getting hired, has to get pushed back as well. The MCP puts Daredevil's appearance here between Daredevil #252-253.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAnne Marie Hoag, Daredevil, John Porter, Josie (Bar owner), Lenny Ballinger, Turk
I love Damage Control, but I never read the first mini (I started with the Acts of Vengeance one). I wish they would be collected.
And I just thought how cool it would be if Zac Efron's "surprise" Marvel role ended up being John Porter. He has the looks, and can be handsome, serious and funny as needed. Seeing him go for a romance with rival Robin Chapel over a few seasons of a weekly DC sitcom would be nice.
Never gonna happen, though...
Posted by: Cesar Hernandez-Meraz | June 23, 2014 5:39 PM
Crazy thought: Is the guy washing the window in the last scan supposed to be Stan Lee?
Posted by: MegaSpiderMan | July 31, 2015 5:44 PM
Damage Control in general, and Anne Marie Hoag in particular (I knew it was Damage Control the moment I saw her) get a part in Spider-Man Homecoming. It was nifty.
Posted by: Andrew | July 16, 2017 4:53 PM
Is there Fluppy? Without Fluppy, there is no Damage Control. This is non-negotiable.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 16, 2017 7:22 PM
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