A notorious "parody"
comic created by Marvel Comics
editor Bill Jemas, as a bet between him and Peter David
on who could make a better comic.
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 Spike Lee and Rush Limbaugh. The first books are also filled with attempts at parody and topical humor.
Then, it takes a turn for the weirdly philosophical 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 Wolverine
is the first human, evolved from an otter.
Has been Snark Bait
to some reviewers
- Art Shift: Issue #3, that ditches thought balloons in lieu of text running in the borders of the comic.
- Artistic License - Biology: Issues #3 and #4 are loaded with scientific inaccuracies.
- Cerebus Syndrome: It went from a "parody" comic to a philosophical comic about life, the universe, and everything. Also doubles as Going Cosmic.
- Covers Always Lie: Most of the covers feature cheesecake shots of a redhead who never actually appears in the comic. Issue #1 also had a cover with mechas.◊
- Evolutionary Levels: The "biological clock".
- The Fool: Al.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: God is seen by Mickey and Al in different forms, before eventually settles on a young African American.
- Mind Screw
- Narrow Parody: For a supposed parody, it doesn't attempt too much, to the point jokes are explained.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Actual celebrities appear, from the hero's parents being Ted Turner and Jane Fonda in 5002, to Spike Lee being the Kingpin, and cameos by Alan Greenspan and Rush Limbaugh.
- N-Word Privileges: Oh, God◊.
- Non-Indicative Name: Besides the cover of issue 1, Smallville is never touched upon.
- One Nation Under Copyright: AOL purchases Earth and renames it "AO Lon".
- Pre Historia: Issues 3 to 5.
- Recap Episode \ Post Modernism: Issue #6 is Kal pitching the events of the earlier issues to an unnamed person.
- Rich Jerk: Iron Man, Batman and Black Panther cameo just to be portrayed as this.
- Skinny Dipping: Issue 3 has everyone doing that in prehistoric Earth.
- Somewhere, a Palaeontologist is Crying: Issue 4, right down to calling the Jurassic period "Jurassic Park".
- Stripperiffic: Lucy is introduced in this, supposedly as an undercover cop. The girls also
- Take That: Most of the digs at DC Comics are rather mean-spirited.
- There is one to Jemas' competitor Peter David in issue 2.
- Time Travel: Al does this in Issue 1. Then in the ones in 3 through 5 it is used for Jemas to drop weird philosophy.
- Viewers Are Morons: 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, it does not explain such things as Ron Perelman or controversy around the Atlanta Braves.