Top 100 Summer Comics #76

I say it often, but I miss these ideas. Marvel Comics Presents was a collection book that came out twice a month (I think?) that had 3/4 short stories, 7-8 pages each and would extend through anywhere between 2-6 issues or so. Some longer, some only one issue. But it was a cool idea to get people interested in characters, writers, and artists that they might not have yet come across.

The series was given a chance a couple years ago but the content just wasn’t up to standard. I’d love to see the notion of a compilation book come back… but maybe in a different format. Who knows.

What I do know is that the original series had a couple of kickass storylines, and what turns out to be easily the best solo Cyclops story ever. Marvel eventually collected it into a tpb, so that says something.

#76 – Marvel Comics Presents 20

First off, every issue of this run had killer covers. Mike Mignola on this one, John Byrne on another… hit after hit. The story has everything you need for a good Cyclops adventure… a gnarly Sentinel, a character who comes off whinier than him (Banshee here), and Muir Island. Where’s the sense of confusion and self doubt? Oh yeah, they got it. And that “a-ha!” turning point of confidence? Yup. Good quick read.

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