The GeeksverseMissing MC2; Column Part II

Missing MC2; Column Part II
Published on Monday, September 17, 2012 by

Recently, I’ve used the Marvel Digests to return to Tom DeFalco’s world: Marvel Comics 2.DeFalco and artist Ron Frenz created the now defunked Mc2 Universe, Earth 986, Marvel Next world. Like Marvel 2099 and Batman Beyond this sliver of the Marvel omniverse let the calender roll forward and characters to advance past the common retcon point.It was a great world built on selective secondary creation. Most of the titles dropped quickly. The one notable surviving tale that carried the universe was Peter and Mary Jane Parker’s daughter taking up her uncle’s webs. DeFalco and Frenz fought to keep this world going even against poor sales. In the end only Spider-Girl was able to make it long term but those poor sales do not speak to poorly crafted comics. Instead, these are great comics that have been overlooked by many.

Sadly, only 12 volumes of the digest size trades have been collected from Spider-Girl’s 100 issue run. The first 12 volumes collect the first 72 issues of the story. Non-digest size trades collect the later Amazing Spider-Girl and Spectacular Spider-Girl limited series. I’ve recently read the first 12 volumes and am picking up the later adventures. Unfortunately that leaves a hole of 25 issues that I have not read.

I’m finding the whole hole frustrating.

Spider-Girl is the central figure that holds together the universe, as she web swings through adventures with her new Warriors (Green Goblin IV, Raptor, Darkdevil, Ladyhawk), Fantastic Five, X-People, Speedball, Man Called Nova, Tony Stark and New Avengers.

The world is well built. Sure, the main title follows the adventure of a teen-age hero which is a formula that made Marvel great in its early heroes, but she interacts with everyone. The adventures also build on each other. Characters introduced early in the Spider-Girl run keep coming around and around over and over again. The teen-angst formula, recaps, would keep the reader informed on the missing issues but it just feels like cheating. I want to organically watch May Parker’s relationship with Normie Osborne struggle and fall apart. I want to watch as it was meant to be read as she encounters her first alien symbiote, travels to alternate dimensions, and tries to figure out how to interact with the newest Black Tarantula.

Will Spider-Girl ever catch the eye of her long time crush Franklin Richards?

Will Spider-Girl ever be privy to what happened to Sue Storm?

How will the newest Doctor Doom effect the world?

The problem with stunted runs is that they always leave more questions than answers.I would like to be able to have as many answers as were provided by DeFalco and Frenz.

I wish Spider-Girl would score a few more digest size trades so that I won’t have to turn to back issue bins for the next 25 issues. Spider-Girl stayed in publication for 100 issues with poor sales. That leaves a comparatively small back issue count. Supply and demand results in these being more than dollar bin fodder despite the poor sales. A few more trades would be easiest on the small fan base, however, comic shop retailers would probably prefer that I pick up the back issues. The issues that I’ve found thus far–and they can be few and far between at small shops—have been priced between 5 and 10 dollars and issue. That is a hard price to pay after paying $7.99 for most of these trades.

 

 

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