thefourthman wrote:But that's not quite true. Cap fought Hitler and from all appearances, the Marvel Universe is an exact replica of the real Universe until the dawn of Super-Heroes. Not only that, at least in appearance (if not in admittance from editorial) Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama have all been the president during their terms. The whole conceit of Marvel over DC is that it is indeed based in the real world.
I just think it is a particularly odd thing to note about the book.
Like I said, I can understand some of the complaints. This one seems really odd to me.
But Cap fought Hitler in World War 2. I said, in my review, that I acknowledge that contemporary events sometimes intrude Marvel comics.
I'm not crazy about Renaissance Italians suddenly being alive and acting as a big players in the Marvel Universe. This is something new and it doesn't really fit with the way Marvel works as a fictional world. What's next? Will Spidey being fighting time-traveling Napoleon? Will Red Skull be teaming up with resurrected Nero or Cortez to conquer the world? I hope not.
But I will say it again: I could look past this use of historical figures if the rest of the book was good. Unfortunately, the rest of the book is not entertaining, and so the use of historical figures is just one more element for me that detracts from the story.