by Etienne Paul, CMRO Editor
Written by Chip Zdarsky with Art by Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera and Rick Magyar
Howard has become the nexus of all worlds, a portal to every other dimension. The problem is, that makes him a very valuable commodity, one sort out by the most powerful beings in the galaxy.
Can I say being right is a wonderful thing? Don’t get me wrong I very much doubt that Chip has been reading my reviews and decided to listen to me, although that would be utterly amazing if it were true. No, what I mean is that one very important thing has changed in this series and it turns it from something I hate, into something I can mildly appreciate.
My biggest complaint with Howard has always been that he is a sane and ‘normal’ duck in a world which is mental and crazy around him. This for me has always broken the Marvel universe in my eyes because it isn’t like that in all the other series. However the one change they have made, and it is for me the change that makes Deadpool work but Squirrel Girl fail, is that Howard is now the mad one and the universe around him is sane.
Ok, I will admit for a sane universe it is still pretty nuts, but it is consistent and the other characters in it are consistent with how they appear in their own books. Howard has become this powerful creature (twice over by the end of the issue) and that makes him important. All the insanity around him is caused by his new found powers; much the same as if the reformed Infinity Gauntlet was available he becomes the centre of a massive free-for-all battle to take control of his abilities.
I am well known for my long standing and outspoken hatred of this character, but really that is an unfair statement to make. I don’t hate Howard, I hate the way he has been used. I hate that every time he turns up he slowly breaks the universe around him and destroys my suspension of disbelief. However in this story arc that issue has gone away and for me this is so much better for it. I do not know if my new-found ‘lack of hatred’ will last beyond this brief moment, but while it lasts I hope to make the most of it.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10