In 2011, Marvel published an EVOLUTIONARY WAR OMNIBUS. As an adult, I was gripped by momentary madness and purchased it to finally read the entire thing.
Now the time has come to do just that.
I'm not sure what this crossover's reputation is these days, but I like it in theory. It's told exclusively in annuals, meaning that unlike something like SECRET WARS II or "Inferno" or "Acts of Vengeance" or the vast majority of Marvel's modern day events, it doesn't interrupt the flow of the ongoing monthly series. And, surprisingly, nearly every chapter in this book is written by those series' regular writers, so the characters and continuity should be in line with what you would've seen in a typical Marvel book at the time.
But on the other hand, when I was younger I tended to associate Marvel's annuals with guest writers, sub-par artwork, and inconsequential filler stories. The first of those, I just addressed above. The third is what we're going to spend the next few weeks determining. And as far as the art -- looking at this book's credits, I see several artists I enjoy listed, including Mark Texeira, Kieron Dwyer, Mark Bagley, and M.D. Bright (a third Mark, for those keeping count). Maybe the artistic drop-off in annual quality came a year or so after "Evolutionary War"? (I do distinctly remember thinking the following year's event, "Atlantis Attacks", was mostly pretty ugly.)
At any rate, the late eighties is just about when I really started paying attention to Marvel comics as more than just an occasional curiosity. This is the era when I began to pick up Marvel books on a semi-regular basis (though my becoming a full-fledged monthly reader of most titles was still a few years off).
|Art: Lee Garbett|
Lastly, there's a category for "The High Evolutionary's Plot", because I seem to recall his plans and motives being a bit muddled depending upon who was writing him in a given issue. Here, we'll keep track of any discrepancies as they pop up.
One final note: The EVOLUTIONARY WAR OMNIBUS collects only the lead stories from the eleven annuals contained therein, as well as the backup serial "The High Evolutionary", which codified the title character's past into one single narrative. I'll cover all the leads in order, and close things out with the full "High Evolutionary" serial in one go, at a pace of two stories a week on Mondays and Wednesdays for the next six weeks.
So get ready to relive the summer of 1988 with me, starting tomorrow!
Read along, if you dare -- the book is still available from Amazon.com!