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  • 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 right on top of the artwork, covering it (the only thing in boxes or bubbles is panel descriptions and two thought bubbles from a fish).
    • Issue 6 is a recap issue — which wouldn't fit this trope if it wasn't for the fact that it's the last issue to actually be about Marville. But as for the actual last issue...
    • Issue 7 doesn't even feature the cast, and is instead a submission guideline for Marvel's Epic Comics line.
  • Bile Fascination: The only reason why one would want to read this series is to see if it's really as bizarre and stupid as its reputation claims.
  • Critical Research Failure: Might as well be the subtitle of Issues 3, 4, and 5. 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.
    • The AOL and Ted Turner jokes flat make no sense — Ted Turner was actually against the AOL-Time Warner merger because it was AOL acquiring Time Warner, and the result of it was that Ted Turner lost billions when Time Warner's stock fell and he was basically left powerless in the combined company. Nothing suggests that the merger was the other way around in the universe of Marville, either.
    • Jemas apparently didn't know Marvel's own characters very well, as at one point he brings up how Spider-Man didn't get to make amends with Uncle Ben about their argument before he died, and his inability to reconcile his father issues with Ben are the core of the character's mythos. The problem is that this is all from the Sam Raimi films; in the original Spider-Man origin story in the comics, there was no argument with Uncle Ben before he died, and Peter got along with him just fine.
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    • The money Al is given as reward ($200,000,000) is in hundred-dollar bills, as confirmed by the second issue. However, the amount he's given (2 million $100 bills) would take up 3,980 square feet (more than 1.5 times larger than the area of the average house at the time Marville came out), and weigh 2,040 pounds (1.02 tons), meaning that not only should said reward money not even come close to fiting in a sack that size, but Al should not be able to effortlessly lift said sack.note  Unless time travel really did give him superpowers.
      • There's also the fact that reward money is usually only given for information that leads to the arrest of a criminal by Crimestoppers, not the official Police Department,note  and there's no indication that the criminal had skipped any court hearings;note  at most, Al performed a citizen's arrest, which might get him featured in an article about the arrest, but wouldn't earn him reward money.
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    • He bought into the myth that humans only used 10% of their brains.
    • In-story, until his trip to the Mesozoic, Al was apparently unfamiliar with the fact that dinosaurs went extinct.
    • In Issue 4, Jack states that the extinction of the dinosaurs is set to occur in "about a hundred years", but they're in the Jurassic period; a whole other era of archeological history, the Cretaceous period, came after the Jurassic period, and lasted about 80 million years before the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs.
    • Hadrosaurs can apparently speak English (and Hebrew), because they have the most advanced vocal chords in history. Even if that is true, being able to formulate words is not the same as speaking.
    • Brings up the idea that humans are the only species that kill other members of their species; as Linkara points out in his review of issue 4, humanity's large population proves that humans killing other humans is the exception, not the rule, not to mention bringing up various other documented examples of other species killing members of their own speciesnote .
    • Although the comic does use 2 species of dinosaur that inhabited the same time period, Al states that the time machine hasn't moved. Unless he moved to somewhere in Asia off panel in between issues 2 and 3, he would not have encountered any Velociraptors, which were only found in that continent.note 
    • The comic always refers to the Jurassic period as "Jurassic Park", enough to suggest that Bill Jemas may actually believe that was the name of the period.
    • Apparently humans evolved from otters, and Wolverine was a real person and the first human. Evolution is also something that happens to the same individual over a period of time, and not the slow adaptation of a species over generations.
    • Oxygen molecules are living creatures that we should feel sorry for "killing" with our very existence.
  • 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, let alone the fact that a decade later Peter David is still well known and Bill Jemas is only remembered for this comic and making comments about the readership masturbating to Elektra.
    • 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) 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!"

    Mickey: "Tarzan isn't a fantasy, it's a memory!"
  • 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 ("he’s the boss, so he’s 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. The series drops the "parody" aspect going into Issue #3 for a truly bizarre tract on evolution, morality, and human existence.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Almost. You'd expect this from a comic that starts off with a seemingly immortal Ted Turner karate-chopping meteors in two, then sending his infant son of 18 years back in time using a time machine made from his retro gaming collection... yet it manages to become legitimately bad.
  • 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.
    • The first issue implies Ted Turner owns/runs "Dad's Comic Company" back in the year 2002. Wouldn't it have been neat to see Al meet the past version of his father and pitch his comic to him?note 
    • Imagine if Jemas had stuck with what the premise had appeared to be at the very start. Admit it, we'd all enjoy a comic about a real-life media mogul inexplicably finding himself in the year 5002 and becoming a Crazy Awesome meteor-karate-chopping hero.
  • 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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