Characters Appearing: Mike Peterson, Rage, Slapstick, Speedball, Turbo, Turbo II
Marvel Comics Presents #159-163 (New Warriors)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #159, Marvel Comics Presents #160, Marvel Comics Presents #161, Marvel Comics Presents #162, Marvel Comics Presents #163 (New Warriors story only)
In addition to a T. Rex, Dr. Yesterday causes various people to be brought to the present, including a number of super-heroes.
So, yeah, all my favorite things at once: time-travel and two "zany" characters, Slapstick and Impossible Man. I actually enjoyed Slapstick's own series, but none of that creative team is involved here. Fabian Nicieza is writing at his usual perfectly fine New Warriors level, but that's not enough to make Slapstick anything more than annoying.
And the Impossible Man is never not annoying. Groucho Marx impersonations? Still? Really?
Meanwhile, the other Turbo (Mike Jeffries) and Slapstick's friend Mike Peterson meet Abraham Lincoln.
And then Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy.
And then even more stuff.
It turns out that Dr. Yesterday is dying of a terminal disease, and all his time travel powers won't help him reverse it.
Impossible Man sees what an asshole Slapstick is, and almost seems to have a moment of self-awareness that would have caused him to stop annoying everyone in the future. No such luck, though.
Speedball convinces Dr. Yesterday to go into the future to see if a cure for his disease has been discovered.
There are some cute moments in this, but it's definitely not my sort of thing.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP place this between New Warriors #46-47, which has the benefit of making this the real Speedball instead of the one who replaced him in New Warriors #49-50.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
This story is apparently what inspired Dan Slott to decide that Slapstick had been made a New Warrior behind the scenes, setting up his appearances in She-Hulk and Avengers: the Initiative.
Posted by: Michael | April 20, 2018 7:43 PM
Speaking for myself, I thought this was really funny yet poignant, and it was probably one of my favorite MCP serials.
Of course, all these years later the scene that sticks most firmly in my mind is when Slapstick, eyeballing Turbo's rear end, exclaims "Check out the action on that caboose!"
Posted by: Ben Herman | April 21, 2018 12:58 PM
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