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Marvels: Eye of the Camera #6: Review

Feb 2010
Kurt Busiek, Jay Anacleto

Story Name:

Closing the Book

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Marvels: Eye of the Camera #6 Review by (April 21, 2021)

Review: For a review of the series as a whole, see under issue #1.

This issue: And on his deathbed, Phil Sheldon sees his true legacy in the people whose lives he touched rather than the job he did, a nice assurance for those who, say, write about comic books on the Internet but who can look at the lives of the children he raised and the friends he made and can you wonder why this issue brought tears to my eyes?   

Comments: Story takes place after the events of MARVELS in the late 1980s, real time. Maggie’s story (the first half) was told in MARVELS #2. The X-Men versus dinosaurs in Dallas is UNCANNY X-MEN #226. Roger Stern is credited as co-writer; no inker is credited.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvels: Eye of the Camera #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As the news reports on the X-Men battling dinosaurs in Dallas, Phil Sheldon has been stealthily visited in his hospital room by Maggie, the child mutant he harbored many years ago, now older. Phil asks her what happened the night she left; Maggie reveals that news reports of Sentinels hunting mutants convinced her that the Sheldons were in danger because of her so she fled from place to place, eventually arriving among a primitive tribe in Papua New Guinea. There, she taught the children to read and became a healer because of her limited x-ray vision and the tribe accepted her and hid her when anyone came searching. She had heard that Phil was sick and risked exposure to thank him for saving her. Phil doesn’t see himself as heroic, the only brave thing he did was to mention her to a neighbor he thought he could trust to help find her when she left, and the neighbor helped search for her. But Maggie insists he inspired her to help others, asking, “What would Mr. Sheldon do?” And then he spots Marcia Hardesty, reporting on the news from the Dallas crisis and the discovery that Cyclops and Marvel Girl of X-Factor saved the city. Wolverine is interviewed as the X-Men head into danger…and then word comes that the X-Men were apparently killed stopping the threat to Dallas. And Phil is grateful that the mutants were finally recognized as heroes. Then Doris and the girls return and there is a warm reunion with Maggie. And Phil sees his real legacy: Doris and Bethie and Jen, Maggie, and Marcia Hardesty. And he quietly dies, watching his family….

At his funeral, many mourners speak to Doris about how much Phil meant to them: J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson, Ben Urich, Betty Brant, Peter Parker. Bennet Schwed is worried that the book project hurt Phil but Doris assures him that the book was what kept him going so long. Jen and Bethie promise to finish the book and Marcia offers her assistance. And Marcia says she was late because the parade honoring X-Factor was attacked by villains. And Jen thinks her dad would have loved seeing a group of mutants being officially recognized as heroes….

Jay Anacleto
Brian Haberlin
Jay Anacleto (Cover Penciler)
? (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Richard Starkings.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson

(JJ Jameson)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Phil Sheldon, Robbie Robertson (Joe Robertson).

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