YMMV: Marville

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Some reviewers have suggested that Bill Jemas cannot tell reality from fiction, and may actually be genuinely mentally ill.
  • Bile Fascination
  • Critical Research Failure: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Yes. Lots of theories that this comic tries to preach have been already debunked for some time.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The jokes that don't fall flat are these. Especially the clear dislike of scientists and police that Jemas does not even try to hide.
  • 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: 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 reveals himself as Spike Lee, declaring, "Now get your flabby white butts out of my space."
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: To say that this comic hasn't aged well is an understatement. And Jemas even screws that up. For instance, Ted Turner and Jane Fonda were divorced at the time of publication.
  • 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 following issues, the absurdity goes From Bad to Worse.