Marvel Comics Presents #144
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #144
Werewolf By Night
Michael Kraiger - Assistant Editor
I guess maybe each story is supposed to be taking place at the same time, from a different perspective? It's not really clear, and the entire story is such an overwhelming mess it's hard to care enough to sort it out. Here are the endings of each part. As you can see, Martine Bancroft figures into the ending of each, but in totally different ways.
The other half of the book concludes the Werewolf By Night and Scarlet Witch stories. The Werewolf fights the Lilin masquerading as children and then lectures the townfolk.
In the Scarlet Witch story, that thing we saw at the end of the last issue evolves based on how Pixil interacts with it.
We learn that it's a program created by a 13th century philosopher.
I don't really get how it came to be a computer program, but i don't really care. Siege of Darkness was apparently a license to do any goddamn thing.
Scarlet Witch loans her power to Pixil so that he can carve out an escape for both of them. But Pixil is captured by the program anyway. She then escapes through the computer of a hacker in Milwaukee.
Minor note: one of the covers on this issue shows Vengeance as one of the headliners, but he doesn't appear in this issue.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part six of Siege of Darkness. Part seven is in Marvel Comics Presents #144.
Crossover: Siege of Darkness
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBlackout (Demon), Blade, Bloodthirst, Frank Drake, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Lilith (Demon Mother), Martine Bancroft, Meatmarket, Modred the Mystic, Morbius, Noble Kale, Pilgrim, Pixil, Scarlet Witch, Werewolf By Night, Will 'Jinx' Hastings, Zarathos
Ramon Lull (more properly Llull) was a real medieval philosopher who believed all human thought was comprised of small bits of truth that could be combined and re-combined to build larger systems of truth, ultimately building an interactive system that could unlock all human knowledge. The whiff of binary computation in this idea has caused many computer scientists to adopt Llull as a kind of patron saint. But no, none of this explains how a handwritten book could have autonomously evolved into a literal computer program (nor is there necessarily anything "demonic" about it to justify its inclusion in this crossover). Marvel of course fielded several other awful characters based on a really questionable understanding of cyberspace (Annex and Stunner come to mind). But hell, it was the 90s-- none of us knew what the digital revolution would bring. We just knew things were about to get *weird*.
Posted by: Lyde1848 | May 5, 2018 10:15 PM
On a separate note, something tells me that a teenage boy who suddenly managed to make a living, breathing, scantily-clad Wanda Maximoff appear in his bedroom, would be *MORE* inclined to continue his hacking endeavors, not less.
Posted by: Lyde1848 | May 5, 2018 10:18 PM
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