Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today's page is from M.O.D.O.K.: Reign Delay, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 2009. Enjoy!
Ryan Dunlavey's parody of the whole "Dark Reign" crap that was going on a few years ago at Marvel (man, only a few years ago - seems like forever) is very funny - Norman eventually puts M.O.D.O.K. in charge of Erie, Pennsylvania, and hijinks ensue, as it's M.O.D.O.K.'s home town - but he doesn't really stretch himself artistically on the first page, does he? I really have nothing to say about the artwork - it's Norman's helmet back when he was Faux Iron Man (Iron Patriot, right?) and his decidedly old-school answering machine. I know it's just armor, but I like that Dunlavey makes it look like it's frowning - if you got these kinds of phone calls from M.O.D.O.K., you'd be bummed out as well!
This is pretty much what you can expect from this comic, so if you find this page funny, you'll probably enjoy the rest of it. Dunlavey makes fun of Norman Osborn's ubiquity and M.O.D.O.K.'s delusions of grandeur while throwing in a bipolar problem for our favorite big-headed villain. It does get us caught up just a bit on Osborn's machinations, but Dunlavey mainly just shows how pathetic M.O.D.O.K. is before giving him a bit of redemption at the end of the book (at the expense of Madison Jefferies, whose superhot wife apparently doesn't know about his attraction to robots). I don't really have much more to say about Dunlavey's writing. I think it's very funny, but you can read the whole thing up there and make up your own mind.
I'm sorry I don't have more to write about this page. It's a very funny page, but because it just shows one small-ish drawing, I can't really comment on the art, and the writing is made up of jokes, so other than giving us some insight into M.O.D.O.K.'s personality, it simply sets up the fact that M.O.D.O.K. is looking for work. I think it's funny, but you certainly may not. If you do, you should probably buy this book.
Next: Man, I really own some lousy comics, don't I? Oh well - you can always find more lousy comics in the archives!