This week Marvel relaunched Man-Thing with Goosebumps writer R.L. Stine taking over the writing reigns.
Man-Thing is a character who has largely remained in the shadow of the far more popular Swamp-Thing. There was even a feature film of Man-Thing in the early 2000's but even it remains mostly unseen.
Bringing a writer of Stine's popularity shows that Marvel is serious about trying to give Man-Thing another chance.
After reading the first issue, I have to say I am surprised in the direction they are going.
Stine has given the character the ability to speak and think like his former human self. Which is quite a change from all the previous comics. Also, Man-Thing has gone to Hollywood to become a movie star. Yes, you read that correctly.
So, Man-Thing has gone Hollywood, at least in his comic series. I was expecting a much more EC comic feel from the series, and the comedic turn has taken me by surprise.
The first issue gives us a quick recap of his origin and is very light and humorous in it's tone.
Maybe taking the series in a humorous route is the right way to go. Man-Thing has been the butt of many jokes over the years.
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. asking the real questions.|
|I mean, they had to know, right?|
If the serious can laugh at itself maybe we can too.