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  • Dear Negative Reader: The series concludes with Jemas wildly insulting his readers for "not getting it," leading to the failure of his book, along with his competition for their business practices.note  It’s gotta be read to be believed. At the end of this strong contender for worst comic ever, we close on the writer trying to pitch Marville to a publisher that he can’t get to publish it, over his pleas that world peace is more important than sales, because even though the publisher wishes he could, it’s not the superhero punching that is all comic readers are interested in and so wouldn’t sell. It’s followed by an Author Filibuster by Jemas himself to the same effect. Yes, the whole moral of the story to this is that we’d have a perfect world if, instead of being such idiots as to want things like comics to make sense and be entertaining, we were capable of seeing how only the incoherent fauxlosophic ramblings of a guy who literally doesn’t know the difference between Jurassic Park and the actual Jurassic period could save us all.
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  • Dueling Works: Enforced by Marvel's U-Decide campaign, which pitted this up against Ultimate Adventures by Ron Zimmerman and Peter David's run of Captain Marvel. To say that Marville lost would be an understatement - it was on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle from David's book both commercially and critically, and while not as drastic, Ultimate Adventures also did better in the critical department. Although one could make the argument that it was a runner-up, since people at least remember Marville, even if it's just because of how bad it is.
  • No Budget: Rumor has it that Jemas had almost no funding by #3, resulting in such short cuts as printing the script on the pages instead of lettering.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: To say that this comic hasn't aged well is an understatement. For example, there are numerous references to AOL Time-Warner, portraying it as a powerful Mega-Corp that rules the world in 5002 (relatively plausible in 2002, downright laughable now). There are also "jokes" about the industry in general — and Marvel's staff and comics in particular — in the early 2000s. One example is showing Peter David, who was making a bet with Bill Jemas to see who could sell more comics, as a poor man (David won the bet). And the title and the cover of issue #1 reference Smallville, which had recently come out. Still, Jemas nevertheless manages to somehow screw up at depicting how things were in the early 2000s. For instance, Ted Turner and Jane Fonda were divorced at the time of publication.


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