Characters Appearing: Captain Universe (Uni-Power)
Marvel Comics Presents #148 (Captain Universe)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #148 (Captain Universe story only)
The father is possessed by the Uni-Power and becomes Captain Universe.
After he drives away the thugs, we get what has to be the most depressing ending of a Captain Universe story.
I've often said that the concept of Captain Universe potentially allows for some really great storytelling. This is an example of that potential. There isn't enough room in the 8 pages here to do the necessary work of developing the characters of the father and daughter, making us care about them so that we feel it when she loses him again at the end. So this reads more like the outline of a good idea than an actual good story.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I think the problem is that these creators have never studied or understood the basics of cartooning. You could read a Peanuts Strip and everything the reader needed was there in three single panels, the story, the characters, the punchline.... These guys have five pages.
Posted by: Jay Gallardo | April 14, 2018 3:40 PM
Five pages might be sufficient if you want the reader to feel some pathos, but it probably would take a longer format to make the reader cry with the girl. Lee and Kirby could've pulled off something vaguely tragic, but they wouldn't have gone for an in-your-face tearjerker like this. Of course we both agree the skill to pull it off was lacking here.
Posted by: iLegion | April 14, 2018 9:13 PM
@Jay Gallardo & iLegion - this story, like all MCP strips, was 8 pages not five.
Posted by: Hugh Sheridan | April 15, 2018 3:34 AM
@Hugh Sheridan - which strengthens my argument...
Posted by: Jay Gallardo | April 15, 2018 7:14 AM
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