Thursday, June 20, 2013

You said it's a surprise! What's the surprise...ending?

By now this doesn't need a spoiler warning so [SPOILER WARNING] the much-heralded appearance of Todd McFarlane's Neil Gaiman's Image Comics's scantily-clad and oh-so-biblical metallic angel Angela in Age of Ultron #10 amounted to nothing more than a pop-in appearance as an epilogue, with no interaction with the Marvel characters and no connection to the plot of unplugging a killer robot. In short, it looked kinda like this:

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Well! That was worth waiting for and collecting and putting away to make a large return on your investment for your college career, isn't it? Now is the point where you tell me Thank you, Bully, because I've saved you from opening up that polybag wrapped around Age of Ultron #10. It will be worth, oh, roughly the same amount as Adventures of Superman #500 in a few years. Smart investor you!

But before you complain (if you haven't already), I just want to remind you that this startlingly anti-climatic cameo at the end of a big-event comic book isn't the first time this has happened. No, no, no...there's a well-established and long history of unexpected, mind-shattering appearances at the very end of major comic book events. Let's look at a few of the most famous, shall we? Okay? Shall we? Oh, c'mon, go along with it for the joke, willya? Surprise appearances at the end of comic book sagas!

The Kree-Skrull War in Avengers!

The Galactus Trilogy in Fantastic Four!

Crisis on Infinite Earths!

Neil Gaiman's Sandman!

House of M!

and, The Death of Superman!

So, I think we've all learned a little bit about comic books here. Namely that what they warn us will be surprising...will literally break the internet.


JonJ said...

Jeez, Lois! Supes may have been a dick, but you didn't have to just dump him on a pile of rocks.

SallyP said...

Jon, I was wondering that myself.

Evan Waters said...

It was the 90s, so Superman's extreme musculature made him too heavy to lift.