YMMV / Marvels

  • And You Thought It Would Fail: A model used for the book told Alex Ross that there was no future for sequential painted storytelling. Imagine his surprise as Marvels has been critically acclaimed, won two Eisner Awards, and launched Ross's career as a comic book painter as well as setting him up as a standard for other painters in the medium.
  • Awesome Art: Alex Ross painted this. Nuff said.
  • Genius Bonus: In the first issue, there's a shot of someone dressed in light blue, in a red cape and criss-cross anklets, jumping across roofs. However, the figure's face is never shown, and they do not speak one line or appear later. But fans who have studied Marvel's early years as Timely Comics or read the Marvels Project will know that person as The Angel.
  • Memetic Badass: From his very first appearance and mission, Captain America instantly becomes one for the rest of the world.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The first appearance of the Human Torch outright scared Phineas Horton's audience, and much later, Namor's sudden Face–Heel Turn and subsequent global attack on humanity is presented as this.
  • Tear Jerker: The whole subplot about Maggie, and especially her goodbye letter. The poor literacy seen in said letter just adds to the heart-wrenching effect.
    • The group of elderly men helplessly wondering why no one's sent for Captain America when Galactus is making his first attack on Earth. One of them asks in seeming disbelief:
    "I seen the man fight one time. He'll straighten it out - I seen him. Just find the man."
    • Turns into a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when you realise just how much Captain America is loved by the world, as the ultimate symbol of the Allies on World War II, alongside the core members-Bucky, the Torch, Toro and Namor.
    • Gwen Stacy's death. Not only is the issue mainly focused on Phil befriending her while trying to clear Spider-Man's name when he's accused of killing her father, not only is it revealed that she had forgiven Spidey for the supposed crime (she seemingly died believing the accusation in the original comics), not only does Phil come to see her as the personification of everything the superheroes were trying to protect, but her death is what utterly destroys Phil's faith in the Marvels and leads him to become sick of all the attention around them.
  • Ugly Cute: Maggie, the little mutant girl whom Phil's daughters befriend, whose head looks like a skull.