April 15, 2016

It's been a while since I read comic books outside of a graphic novel format, but I am loving Steve Attewell's People's History of the Marvel Universe!
Marvel's use of mutants-as-metaphor is assumed to have always been, but the ground he covers here (and in previous parts) shows how an idea can form over time in a serial, unlike in a novel or film. The evolution *ahem* of characters and how they might fit is a great look back when we know them as they are now. Looking at Magneto's original behaviour and comparing it to the arch-villain and master manipulator he is now is straight-up night and day.
A solid reminder that sometimes the best stories can take a while to find their feet. The films we're getting now? Fifty years in the making. And it's a pretty cool trip!

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