YMMV / Marville


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A meta example. Some reviewers have suggested that Bill Jemas Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality, and may actually be genuinely mentally ill.
  • Bizarro Episode: As strange as this sounds, Issue 3 is this to the rest of the series - mainly because in this issue, the budget was apparently so low that the text is printed alongside the page (except for panel descriptions).
  • Bile Fascination: Possibly the only reason why one would even read this.
  • Critical Research Failure: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Lots of theories that this comic tries to preach have been already debunked for some time. Several more are complete nonsense Jemas apparently made up himself.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Take Thats directed at fellow competitor Peter David become a lot more hilariously ironic after the fact, when Marville absolutely bombed and David's Captain Marvel was much more of a success.
    • America Online taking over the world might have seemed like a possibility in the early 2000s, but just a few years later it lost most of its money when broadband internet came along and stomped dial-up (AOL and Time Warner split in 2009). Likewise, Ted Turner was completely marginalized at the post-merger AOL Time Warner, resulting in his business career effectively ending.
    • In issue 7, Bill Jemas uses the fact that many indie comic publishers do not have the funds for coloring or coated pages. This line is a lot funnier if you're either a), a fan of manga (the majority of which is published in black and white), or b), have read the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage Publishing) comics, since both meet those criteria, and both are much more successful than Marville could even dream of becoming (made even more ironic when you consider that Marvel themselves used to publish AKIRA (albeit in a colorization) during the 80s)note .
  • Narm: There are a lot of lines in the comic that are supposed to be meaningful or insightful, but just come off as awkward or stupid. For example:
    Kal: "So Jurassic Park wasn't just a movie, it was a tribute!"
  • Protection from Editors: Bill Jemas had this despite having no experience in writing. Nathan Rabin's assessment spent a lot of words to note how the low quality is directly related ("hes the boss, so hes in a position to do whatever the fuck he wants, like publish an insanely self-indulgent, obnoxious comic book in violent defiance of logic and basic decency.").
  • Ron the Death Eater: Batman, Iron Man, and Black Panther receive this treatment, being portrayed as violent fascists who attack homeless people.
  • Shallow Parody: The story became infamous for this aspect; the jokes are not particularly well-researched, usually generalizing the subject of humor, and sometimes not even bearing resemblance to said subject.
  • Snark Bait: To the point that Linkara and 4thLetter! made sure to review every issue, and others were equally negative. In fact, it is actually almost impossible to find any fans of this comic, with the best praise one could give was for the cover art.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The opening recaps try to imply Mickey and Al are in love, but it never shows up in the actual comic. In fact, the prologue to #2 says they're in love, while that was never shown, but in #3, the prologue says they were never in love.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Issue #7 uses the Marville name, but aside from that it is just an instruction guide to a contest. Even Linkara comments they could have at least had the cast of Marville being the ones to give out the information.
    • Similarly, Al is established to be very rich in-universe. The in-universe explanation could have been that Al was launching the contest as a collaboration with Marville, and he was funding the contest with his own money.
  • Wangst: 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The very first issue features Ted Turner (somehow still alive in 5002) karate-chopping meteors in half, building a time machine out of PS1 and Atari parts and sending his son Kal-AOL back in time. In the following issues, the absurdity goes From Bad to Worse.


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