“Honestly, Phil, you’re missing out. The world is going nuts.” At least that’s how his buddies from the “Daily Bugle” lay it out for Phil Sheldon in “Marvels: Eye of the Camera” #2.
This story is less of an adventure from the everyman’s perspective and more of an introspection, as Phil Sheldon decides how best to cope with the life-shattering news he received at the onset of the story. Busiek excels in this arena, crawling up inside the mind of Phil Sheldon as his thoughts waffle between his legacy and his mission.
The art provided by Anacleto, “digitally painted” straight from his pencils, is strong and stylized; echoing the era this story takes place in without heavy-handedly aping the style of the day. Our very own Augie DeBlieck had taken a look at the first issue and had some more in depth thoughts regarding Anacleto’s art.
Under the banner of “Marvels,” I’ll admit, I expected to see a little more excitement and adventure focusing in these characters, but as mentioned earlier, this was a time when the Marvel Universe was a little crazy, almost for crazy sake.
The direction for the rest of the series is clearly established here and Busiek definitely has a vision of where he wants to go with Phil Sheldon. I only hope we get to see more of the Marvel Universe from the “Eye of the Camera”.
(Check out James Hunt’s review of the first issue, too!)