Marvel Adventures The Avengers #25
“Who Wants to Be a (Different) Super Hero?”
Writer: Jeff Parker
Penciler: Ig Guara; Inker: Sandro Ribeiro
Maybe it was the ‘Brady Bunch’ cover that finally made me realize that ‘Marvel Adventures’ is Marvel’s version of the situation comedy.
Unfortunately, the level of writing is that of a bad Saturday morning cartoon, making the plots of ‘Three’s Company’ look sophisticated by comparison.
And perhaps that is not by accident as ‘Marvel Adventures’ are specifically created to be sold through Wal-Mart, Target and other mass market outlets for the kid market (see CBR’s Touring the Marvel Adventures Universe for more details).
Now I have kids. And they wouldn’t touch this stuff if I paid them. They are obsessed with manga like Naruto and Death Note and the only Marvel title they genuinely enjoy is ‘Runaways,’ a well-written series about a group of kids who discover their parents are actually super-villains (created by Brian K. Vaughan and currently written by Joss Whedon).
So if you want to emulate sitcoms, why not trying something that deftly balances stupid humor with clever writing like my kids’ favorite show, ‘My Name Is Earl.’
And Marvel already has the perfect character for the series.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me suggest My Name Is Deadpool.
From Marvel (preview): “You’re smart. DARN smart. You’re so ahead of the curve, you’ve had your head removed and let your face be broadcast by a tv screen in your chest. That’s not just smart, that’s Arnim Zola Smart. And if the Avengers try to go up against that, well you can just switch their minds around so they don’t know what to do with themselves. Oh Zola, you make M.O.D.O.C. look like a common street thug! ” On sale June 18, 2008.