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Tim O’Neil on Marvel’s New Universe
posted March 26, 2005

Tim O'Neil
Via the Internet

I have to ask why the hell you put up a review of DP7 #11 out of the blue? That was just very random. I admit to having a soft spot for the New U because most of the books were just downright bizarre in terms of tone. They deserved to die a quick death, because they were misfits...

But oddly enough I think that the exception to this is the Star Brand series. If you ever get the chance to go back and re-read it I think you'll be surprised at just how many of the odd ideas Jim Shooter threw out in that first year of the book ended up becoming incredibly popular about a decade or so later. Historically, I don't think anyone's ever looked at that... which is not to say that it's influenctial, because that would imply that someone read it in the first place. But I do think that of all the New U books, the Star Brand was the only one that actually did have an interesting and engaging premise. I keep expecting that one these days here we'll get an "Ultimate" Star Brand and then people will be amazed at how neat a concept it actually was. Not that the execution was really all that great, but again, Al Williamson did the inks so it was at least pretty to look at (and he did them, if I recall, as a personal favor to Shooter so the books at least would be semi-decent...)

But then again, I also think that the first year or so of Shooter's Valiant was pretty interesting as well. What the hell do I know?