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The Problem With R.L Stine’s Man-Thing #1

March 26, 2019

I have collected this series, but have not read it due to my living situation the issues are in storage, and I wanted to read some interstitial issues first (which I also have in storage):

Extraordinary X-Men (2016) #9
Civil War II: Choosing Sides (2016) #5
Deadpool V Gambit (2016) #3
Deadpool V Gambit (2016) #4
Deadpool V Gambit (2016) #5
Foolkiller (2017) #1
Old Man Logan (2016) #14 – ‘Monster War: Part I’
Old Man Logan (2016) #15 – ‘Monster War: Part II’
Doctor Strange (2015) #17 – ‘State of Misery’
Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016) #15 – ”Til Death Do Us… Part 2′

This is really disappointing. When I initially read that Man-Thing was able to speak, I though it was picking up on Man-Thing self-actualizing as the Vogornus Koth and speaking the universal language, which actually made sense for the character. Thinking like Ted Sallis did as a man is a shift of gears quite a bit. The idea of the universal language was that even among speakers of the same language, he would sound comprehensible whether guttural slang or eloquent language would be better understood by the listener, but he certainly didn’t return to Ted Sallis’s personality. It was an evolution of his development as guardian of the Nexus of All Realities, not a reversion to his pre-transformation self. I wish Marvel would have given the series to me. I would have had Vogornus Koth return to the Everglades with Satana and have them reunite with Jennifer Kale and clear up that stupid satanism thing in Elektra #9. People who think Jennifer Kale is a satanist are clearly uber-fundamentalist Christians who can’t tell the difference between paganism and satanism. Jennifer and the Cult of Zhered-Na are clearly pagan, and their faith is structured so similarly with Christianity (god Valka, executed prophet Zhered-Na, adversary Thog) that even that is basically window dressing.

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Man-Thing is quite possibly the strangest major character in Marvel’s extensive roster, but thanks to the work of numerous talented writers, I have recently developed a genuine obsession with this bizarre swamp monster. After flourishing under the pen of the late Steve Gerber in a seminal run on Adventure Into Fear, Man-Thing was awarded a self-titled solo series in 1974. Gerber returned to continue the epic saga he began during the events of Fear, ultimately producing work on the character which is yet to be topped to this day.

After reading his fascinating stories, I needed to know where the tragic tale of Ted Sallis would go next. The search for answers led me to Man-Thing’s second solo series from 1979, briefly headed by Micheal Fleisher before X-Men superstar Chris Claremont took the helm. Although I believe the series to be a competent exploration of the character, it failed…

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