History in the making; or, silly comics journalism

Steve Murray reviews an Avengers comic book for Comics Nexus.

Whether you realize it or not, it’s rare that someone can actually stand in the middle of an event that is going to be truly world-changing, and think to themselves: “Wow, that is going to change the entire world.” Oh sure, everyone loves to throw around the “9/11 changed everything” rhetoric — but honestly, has your day-to-day life changed in any significant manner since then (besides the fact that you can’t bring a bottle of breast milk onto a cross-country flight now)? But conversely, how many people do you think that were eyewitnesses to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 thought to themselves, “Yes, this is definitely the kind of act that will cause the deaths of 20 million people by the time this all plays out”? (20 million. Try wrapping your mind around that number sometime.)

So, to witness the beginning of something big, and realize just how big it’s going to be: it should be considered a rare treat. And here, in this issue, you will get just that.

You heard it here first: New Avengers: Illuminati #5 = more important than the First World War.
PS. Also September 11th.

My promo text isn’t this over-the-top, and I work for a publisher. Come on, guy.

Somehow I’m reminded of this scene from The Princess Bride:

MAN IN BLACK: You’re that smart?
VIZZINI: Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
MAN IN BLACK: Yes.
VIZZINI: Morons!


Try wrapping your mind around that number sometime!

1 Response to “History in the making; or, silly comics journalism”


  1. 1 Josh November 8, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    You scoff, but ten generations from now, the first page of every history textbook will read “New Avengers: Illuminati 5. ‘Nuff said.”

    Before this Wednesday (it came out Wednesday, right?) we were like unto primitives, living in a dark age of pre-history that is now illuminated by the sight of a Skrull wearing Thor’s giant metal nipple plates.


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