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[[caption-width-right:250:[[Series/{{Smallville}} Somebody]] [[SuspiciouslyAproposMusic save meeeeeeee....]]]]

->"Before I can be a hero, I have to figure out what's right and what's wrong. We need to figure out the meaning of life. Where it all started and where we're all going."
-->-- '''Kal-AOL Turner''', ''Marville #2''

->''"Bill Jemas thought there was too much joy in the world, and thus attempted to get rid of it by creating a comic that sucks joy in like a vacuum and then incinerates it."''
-->--'''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]]''' quote from Marville #4 and his take on the comic.

A notorious [[ShallowParody "parody"]] comic created by Creator/MarvelComics editor [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Bill Jemas]], as a bet between him, Ron Zimmerman and PeterDavid on who could make a better-selling comic. Known as the "U-Decide" event, Zimmerman's six-issue ''ComicBook/UltimateAdventures'' took a year and a half to come out. David's ''[[Comicbook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]]'' title went on for twenty-five issues and was well-regarded. As for ''Marville'', well...

Kal-AOL Turner, son of Ted Turner from the year 5002, is transported into the present day. Believing himself to be a superhero, Kal-AOL meets up with Mickey (who nicknames him "Al") and Lucy. And crosses paths with Creator/SpikeLee and Radio/RushLimbaugh. The first books are also filled with attempts at parody and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical topical humor.]]

Then it takes a turn for the weirdly philosophical when they all go back in time and meet God, who is actually a black man named Jack. After that, they watch the evolution of the world, and discover that dinosaurs talked with Jewish mannerisms, and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is the first human, evolved from an otter.

Has been SnarkBait to [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall some]] [[http://4thletter.net/2009/03/the-marville-horror-part-1-better-sales-through-self-immolation/ reviewers]].

!Tropes present:
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Just about ''everything'' that the series preaches as fact is false, and has long since been proven as such. Many of them are common knowledge.
** The comic's recaps of previous issues frequently get ''its own story wrong.''
* AllMenArePerverts: Guess how Al discovers he doesn't have X-Ray Vision.
* AllThereInTheManual: Subverted, if it's even [[AchievementsInIgnorance possible to do]]. Despite the redundant amount of "Previously On" prologues, they add nothing useful and frequently get things '''WRONG''' about the story.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Marville #7 is... a submission guide for the then-upcoming Epic line of Marvel Comics. How anyone is supported to know this is unclear, since the cover is graced by the same Marville logo, the same Marville cover chick, and "EPIC" stamped on a fence.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: The comics states that only humans kill their own species. A theory that has been debunked[[note]]for as long as humans have been able to observe animals[[/note]].
* ArtShift: Issue #3, that ditches thought balloons in lieu of text running in the borders of the comic. Then #5 eschews art of any kind and has ''text on a blue background for two pages.''
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Issues #3 to #5 are loaded with scientific inaccuracies, to the point where you'd very likely be faster off making a list of things that ''are'' accurate. Special award to carbon dioxide molecules being alive.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Apart from all the various inaccuracies about dinosaurs, Jemas continually refers to the Jurassic Period as "Jurassic Park". This may be a joke... but it happens so much that Jemas may actually believe that's the real name.
* AuthorFilibuster: Issues #3 to #5 are filled with this (and since they are nonsensical and don't seem like parodies at all, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] described as "[[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness a gaze into the eyes of madness]]").
* BehindTheBlack: Issue #2 attempts this when the cast and SpiderMan track down the Kingpin of Crime's lair to an abandoned bowling alley. Lucy asks him if this is really the place, and the next panel pulls out to reveal a gigantic skyscraper behind the bowling alley with "KINGPIN ENTERPRISES" on the side. It had the ''potential'' to work, had the previous panel not showed the roof of the bowling alley and above, showing that there was nothing behind it until the next panel.
* BlackIsBiggerInBed: Once Jack strips down to skinny dip, the women react that is "like an African fertility God".
* BilingualBonus: ''Mishbucha'' is a Hebrew noun that means "family." [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Which means the dinosaurs are Jewish]].
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: It is revealed that the religious debate part of this comic is not a parody, Bill Jemas fully believes all of what is being said. This including many debunked theories such as [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain humans only using 10% brain power]], ApeShallNeverKillApe, and so on. Also much of the debate hangs on Wolverine being the first human being, who mutated from an ''otter''; backing up real-world debates about evolution and stuff by using comic book characters as evidence (and making them as weird as possible in the process...)
* CerebusSyndrome: It went from a "parody" comic to a philosophical comic about life, the universe, and everything. Amusingly, it results in the comic becoming even weirder than it already was in contrast to most example of the trope. Also doubles as GoingCosmic.
** If Bill Jemas will have you believe, he seems to think if you buy this comic and understand the "depths" of the story, it will bring about World Peace.
* ChairReveal: The Kingpin does this at the end of his crime speech.
* ColonyDrop: It opens with a meteor shower on Earth. One of the stones is cut by Ted Turner with a Tomahawk Chop[[note]]The rallying cheer for the Atlanta Braves, which he owned at the time[[/note]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: Most of the covers feature [[SexyPackaging cheesecake shots of a redhead]] [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame who never actually appears in the comic.]] Issue #1 also had a cover with mechas.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite what one might state about Al, there is no doubt he can handle himself in a fight.
* CurbstompBattle: During Issue #2, Creator/RushLimbaugh shows up and zaps some {{Captain Ersatz}}es of ComicBook/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/IronMan, and ComicBook/BlackPanther to smithereens.
* DearNegativeReader: The series concludes with Jemas wildly insulting his readers for "not getting it," leading to the failure of his book, along with [[TakeThat his competition for their business practices]].[[note]] The business practices presumably being writing better, sensical, more entertaining stories. [[/note]]
* DeathByOriginStory: {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}} with Al's dog, [=AOLstro=]. At first, Al's failure to stop a bank robber appeared to have lead to [=AOLstro=]'s death, but it turns out the robber slipped on [=AOLstro=]'s drool. Later, when Al and Mickey go to the movies, a mugger apparently shot [=AOLstro=] in an alley, but it turned out [=AOLstro=] knocked him out by farting.
* {{Dominatrix}}: Lucy suddenly becomes one during one criminal's [[MindScrew rather-confusing]] trip through the justice system in Issue #2.
* EvolutionaryLevels: The "biological clock".
* {{Fanservice}}: The covers are always covered with a woman barely wearing anything and Issue #3 has all the characters go skinny dipping.
* TheFool: Al. Where he thought he gained superpowers from traveling back in time, believing he could save people by just giving out money, and did not know the dinosaurs were killed off.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: God is seen by Mickey and Al in different forms, before eventually settles on a young African American.
* FoxNewsLiberal: Let's see: Ted Turner is a doofus, Spike Lee is a criminal mastermind, RushLimbaugh is a Godlike hero (and slender, to boot), intelligent design is real (with creationism, as well as paleontologists, mocked as short-sighted and stupid), the original humans were ''white'', racial sensitivity and vegetarianism are mocked, and there's lots of batshit insane pseudoscience to support all of it. Yeah, there's a certain political viewpoint going on here.
* GodWasMyCopilot: But isn't omnipotent and requires a time travel machine from the year 5002.
* IdiotHero: Al. Special emphasis on the "idiot" part (and the "hero" part is pretty questionable as well).
* ImpliedLoveInterest: The recaps in Issues #2 and #3 claim that Al "falls in love with Mickey, but it's a one-way street." Nothing in the actual comic suggests any romance between the two.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Al, for some reason, believed he gained superpowers from being sent back in time. Mickey repeatedly has to remind him that he does not have any powers.
** MANY of the religious debates.
** Ted Turner trying to convince bystanders to save the world from a meteor shower by Tomahawk Chopping the meteorites (as mentioned in the ColonyDrop example above). One man calls him out on his, but only because it'd be offensive to Native Americans.
* InNameOnly: Issue #7 has nothing to do with the rest of the series, and is instead an advertisement and pamphlet explaining "Epic Comics" and its intention.
* {{Irony}}: Peter David is portrayed as a homeless bum in #2 and pretty much stating that his work was worthless, all while the comic he made for the contest against Bill Jemas sold twice as much as his did.
* [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame Lady Not-Appearing-In-This-Comic]]: The scantily-clad redhead who appears on the covers from Issue #2 onward.
* LogicBomb: This comic tries to repeatedly state that there is no evolution... all while showing evolution happening around them.
* MagicalNegro: In the form of Jack, aka God.
* MindScrew: Add haphazard storytelling when it tries being straightforward, showing downright insane scenes [[CerebusSyndrome once it attempts being serious]], and the weird "scientific" debate, and it's hard to make much sense out of the comic.
* MoodWhiplash: Often the attempts at seriousness are followed by attempts at comedy. Towards the end of the second issue, there was a confrontation between the cast and the Kingpin (hidden behind his chair). There is a big, serious speech about crime, then the Kingpin [[ChairReveal reveals himself]] as Creator/SpikeLee, declaring, "Now get your flabby white butts out of my space."
* NarrowParody: For a supposed parody, it doesn't attempt too much, to the point [[DontExplainTheJoke jokes are explained]].
* NeonSignHideout: The Kingpin of Crime's lair is a gigantic skyscraper with "KINGPIN ENTERPRISES" written on the side.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Actual celebrities appear, from the hero's parents being Ted Turner and Jane Fonda [[MindScrew in 5002]], to Spike Lee being the Kingpin, and cameos by Alan Greenspan and Rush Limbaugh (who is handsome and ''thin'').
* NonIndicativeName: Besides the cover of Issue #1, ''{{Smallville}}'' is never touched upon.
* OneNationUnderCopyright: Ted Turner purchased Earth... and once AOL overtook it they renamed the planet "[=AOLon=]".
* PlotHole: You can't go more than three steps without falling into one. Around issues 3 to 5, the Time Machine's mechanics become a little confusing and inconsistent. The characters decide to use a bag, some water, and a pre-historic life form to check what year they're arriving at, but it's never explained how ''they're'' not aging along with it either, and a panel ago, there's a window on the time machine, rendering their "biological clock" a little pointless. Also they claim that the Time Machine does not move from the location they started from, but Al was sent into the middle of the street when he first arrived in the past.
* PoliceAreUseless: To a very insulting degree.
* PreHistoria: Issues #3 to #5.
* RecapEpisode[=\=]PostModernism: Issue #6 is Kal pitching the events of the earlier issues to an unnamed person.
** Also at the beginning of each book, there is a few pages recaping what happened before. Often getting its own material wrong such as claiming that Mickey and Al are in love (which is never shown in the comic) and when stating Al being sent back to the past said picture is of Al receiving the time machine in the past.
* [[RichBitch Rich Jerk]]: IronMan, Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/BlackPanther cameo just to be portrayed as this, not to mention Ted Turner and the protagonist of the series, Al.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: In issue 6, Al is on a MissionFromGod to prevent World War III, and apparently the best way to do this is to get a comic book publisher to publish the previous 5 issues. So Al pitches the series, which is [[UnreliableNarrator presented in an inaccurate recap]], but ultimately gets turned down.
* ScienceIsUseless: The comic does this to an insulting degree. To the point that it pretty much states that if you believe in science [[YouFOOL you are a moron.]]
* SexSells: As mentioned in CoversAlwaysLie, there were several covers featuring a very scantily clad woman who ''never showed up'' in the comics, with the covers being attributed to the fact Bill Jemas was losing a bet with Peter David. The desperation ramps up til you get bare ass, almost bare breasts, and Wolverine's claw in #5.
* SkinnyDipping: Issue #3 has everyone doing that in ''prehistoric Earth''.
* SomewhereAPalaeontologistIsCrying: Or laughing. Jewish Hadrosaurs (aka Duckbills) who can talk and live in the Jurassic Era, er, Park.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Lucy is introduced in this, supposedly as an undercover cop. The girls also dress in those every now and then.
* TakeThat: Most of the digs at Creator/DCComics are rather mean-spirited.
** Scientists never do anything on purpose, anthropologists [[ADegreeInUseless can't find jobs]]--and besides, their knowledge only extends a few hundred years, and everything before that is made up for the purpose of making scientists look smart.
** There's a jab aimed at Jemas' competitor PeterDavid in Issue #2, when says he David ''no fans'' (while RushLimbaugh has ''tons'' of fans.)
** Police officers(!) get the treatment in Issue #2.
* TakeThatAudience: Kicks in as late as--get this--Issue #6. Worse, it's not as much as making fun of the audience, rather it's a savage indictment of American culture: the reasoning is that Al's pitch for "world peace" is rejected by the editor [[ArtistDisillusionment because audiences don't care about substance and just want more superhero comics.]] Eat your heart out, Creator/GrantMorrison.
** The irony being that only those with the intellectual prowess to read Bill Jemas would even notice this accusation.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The comic as it progresses becomes a look at Bill Jemas' psyche and his, putting it mildly, bizarre outlook on science, religion and the world.
* TimeTravel: Al does this in Issue 1. Then in the ones in #3 through #5 it is used for Jemas to drop weird philosophy.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Mickey's Tomboy to Lucy's Girly Girl.
* ToonPhysics: Attempted, but done badly. The comic primarily uses a semi-realistic art style with realistic physics, which makes moments such as a man karate-chopping flaming meteorites or bashing someone's head in until their head sticks out of their chest look really, ''really'' awkward. Furthermore, the mediocrity of the art itself sometimes makes the "cartoony" moments difficult to decipher.
* ViewersAreMorons: Issue #1 gives a summary on the people who are riffed on in the comic. Even the backstories for Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man are given. However, [[ViewersAreGeniuses it does not explain]] such things as Ron Perelman or controversy around the Atlanta Braves.
** Also, saying things such as {{Wolverine}} being the first human.
** Issue #6 is a long accusation towards everyone not buying the comic because they didn't get the deep meaningful message.
* {{Wangst}}: [[invoked]] Mickey claims people should feel bad for the ''air molecules that humans destroy when they breathe.'' Keep in mind that nobody argues with her on this and this occurs during the philosophical portion of the comic, implying that Jemas thinks the same thing. --Or worse, this is intended as another (tangential) jab at liberals/environmentalists/secularists/youths/all of the above.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Dog]]: [=AOLstro=], Al's dog, hasn't been seen since Issue #2.
* WolverinePublicity: Wolverine shows up in Issue #5, and is on the main cover of Issue #6, even though he has no part in Issue 6 at all.
* WorldWarIII: [[spoiler:It is revealed in #5 that the reason that they are traveling through time is because Jack wants to show them how war works and due to their popularity and wealth from "fighting" crime they will prevent the upcoming World War.]]
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