Marvel Premiere #42
Issue(s): Marvel Premiere #42
We've seen this type of thing before, but it always irks me to see modern elephants getting "devolved" into mastodons, etc..
The device was originally intended to be used to restore Tigra to human form, something she says she would have had no interest in anyway.
There's an added layer of complexity when Tabur turns the device on the Cat People. Since the device would have turned Tigra back into a human, and since i've learned that these Cat People are related to the ones that Morbius encountered circa Fear #22, and since they were evolved from house cats, i wasn't sure what they would turn into, but i certainly wasn't expecting Sabretooth tigers.
In any event, this turns out to be Tabur's downfall, since even as Zabus they are still loyal to Tigra.
Tabur does turn into a housecat when he's hit by the ray (presumably that's what the High Evolutionary created him from).
Art is kind of wonky. Ernie Chan's inks definitely come through strong, and that's generally a good thing. And there's plenty of Cat People and prehistoric animals and also some New Orleans Mardi Gras scenes to keep things interesting. But the lines still look a bit scratchy and there's weird moments with Tigra's facial expressions where she seems to be smiling even when she's getting bad news.
Speaking of bad news, Dr. Joanne Tumolo is killed by Tabur in this issue. Tigra's reaction to that is somewhat more appropriate, i guess? She at least looks mildly annoyed, like when you leave your wallet at home by accident.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The title is a reversal of the story "Evolution's Nightmare"(I can't remember right now if it was a comics or prose SF story).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 21, 2013 4:28 PM
"Evolution's Nightmare" is the title in Planet of the Apes #5 (Feb 1975), with art by Ed Hannigan.
Posted by: Darci | August 15, 2015 6:33 PM
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