- Trouble (comics)
Supercbbox| title = Trouble
comic_color = background:#ff8080
caption = Photo cover of "Trouble" #1
schedule = Monthly
publisher = Marvel's Epic imprint
date = September 2003 –
issues = 5
past_current_color = background:#ff9275
"Trouble" is a five-issue romance
comic book limited seriespublished in 2003 by Marvel Comicsas a part of its Epic Comics imprint. Written by Mark Millarand illustrated by Terry and Rachel Dodsonthe series deals with teen pregnancy. The basic concept was created by Bill Jemasand Joe Quesada.
"Trouble" was originally considered by Marvel's editorial group as the possible origin of
Spider-Man, but after the book was not received very well by many comic book fans the story was declared not "official" Marvel continuity. It was also meant to re-popularize romance comics(which were very popular in the 1950s (see 1950s in comics), selling millions of copies), but failed.
A trade paperback collecting the five issues was originally scheduled to be published on
18 February 2004, but canceled when Epic was shut down after Bill Jemas, who had been a driving force behind the imprint, resigned as president of Marvel Comics.
* May - May is a 17-year-old redhead and somewhat of a wildchild.
* Mary - Blonde Mary is May's best friend and rather shy.
* Ben - Richard's older brother, who was often in hospitals as a child.
* Richard - Ben's younger brother and their dad's clear favorite.
May and her best friend Mary work in a resort in the
Hamptonsduring their summer vacation, looking for some fun away from home. Soon they make friends with fellow service staff members Richard and his brother Ben and the four of them, after a couple of days of hard work and being bossed about by the guests, go to a dance together. After the dance and a round of night swimming they head back to their rooms: May takes Ben to her room and sleeps with him, while Mary tells Richie it is too fast for her and she wants to wait before having sex with him. She later reveals to him it is because a palm-reader told her she would become a mom before she was twenty if she had sex in her teens. The same fortune-telleralso told May nobody was ever going to call her "mom", which explains why May is so open in her relationships. Richie is not very understanding of her reasons for not sleeping with him and starts an affair with May. May tells Mary she is cheating on Ben, but not with whom. A while later, she finds out that she is pregnant. Upon realizing the fortune-teller must have been wrong, Mary now finally sleeps with Richie, who then ends the affair with May. When May reveals her pregnancy to Ben, it turns out he's sterile and her affair with Richie, who must be the father, is uncovered. May is thinking about having an abortion, but decides against it. Afraid of going home and facing her dad with an unwanted child she runs away.
After some time of living with a guy she is disgusted by and never even tells she is pregnant May contacts Mary and meets with her. Mary is still very angry about May for having an affair with Richie and tells her she deserves all the trouble she is going through, but decides to help her when May tells her she has been thinking about suicide. Mary comes up with the plan to tell everybody the baby is hers, so May will not have to face her
fundamentalistparents and Mary can test if she can trust Richie, who is still in love with her and writing her frequent letters, none of which she has answered, yet. So once little Peter is born, Mary takes him to Richie and they start a family, while May returns home to her parents as if nothing had happened.
Unusual for an American comic book series, all issues of "Trouble" featured photo covers by French photographer
Phillippe Biabolosin the style of teen romance novels, with cover design by Joe Quesada. These covers were to appeal to a female audience (Marvel originally hoped for high sales outside the comic scene, particularly with a collected edition that was to be heavily promoted in many bookstores, but never published after the series did not do well in the direct market). Contrary to speculations among comic book fans, the models on the covers were confirmed legal adults.Verify source|date=July 2007
The second printing of the first issue ("Trouble #1: The Second Chances Edition") was the only one to feature a conventional comic book cover, drawn by
Frank Cho. [cite web|url=http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=82314| title= Trouble (2003) #1 "Trouble: Part One of Five" (Second Chance Variant Edition)|work=Comic Book DB| accessmonthday=April 25 |accessyear=2007]
The series' main characters, May, Ben, Mary and Richard, were obviously meant to be Peter Parker's
Aunt Mayand Uncle Benalong with his parents Richard and Mary Parker. Thus, the revelation that Aunt May is actually Peter Parker's mother was highly controversial among Spider-Manfans.Fact|date=February 2007 May's behavior in "Trouble" did not match Aunt May's character, nor did the characters' appearances match their the corresponding characters' looks in previous "Spider-Man" comics. Enough of the early lives of Spider-Man's family been established previously that the story contradicted prior continuity. For example, Aunt May and Uncle Ben were much older than Spider-Man's parents,Comic book reference | writer=Lee, Stan | penciller=Lieber, Larry | inker=Demeo, Mickey | story=The Parents of Peter Parker! | title= Amazing Spider-ManAnnual | volume=1 | issue=5 | date=1965 | publisher= Marvel Comics| page=11 | panel=2 ] and his parents met while working for the C.I.A.Comic book reference | writer=Stern, Roger | penciller=Romita, John | inker=Milgrom, Al | story=The Amazing Parkers | title= Untold Tales of Spider-ManFlashback | volume=1 | issue=-1 (Minus 1) | date=July, 1997 | publisher= Marvel Comics| page=8 | panel=4 ] Aunt May was also established as never having had a child.issue Complaints from fans were so strong that Marvel later declared that the story was not part of the "official" Marvel continuity.Fact|date=February 2007
And while Dodson's art was well liked, Millar's dialogue in "Trouble" was criticized as not representative of the time it is set in (supposedly the 1970s) [http://www.moviepoopshoot.com/breakdowns/52.html Review] of "Trouble" #1 by Chris Allen on "moviepoopshoot.com"] and his storytelling failed to grab the audience, with many complaining that the characters were written too similar and hard to keep apart; "Save for the fact that one of the girls will do it on the first date when the other one won't". [http://www.thexaxis.com/misc/trouble1.htm Review] of "Trouble" #1 by Paul O'Brien on "The X-Axis", 13 July 2003]
* [http://www.comicbookdb.com/title_covergallery.php?ID=870 "Trouble" cover gallery] at Comic Book DB
* [http://www.spiderfan.org/fans/topten/2004/0301.html SpiderFan.org] "Top Ten Reasons Not To Take The Trouble Mini-series Seriously"* [http://www.newsarama.com/000aaaTrouble.htm "Newsarama"'s coverage of Marvel's press conference about "Trouble"]
*cite web | title=Trouble - A review|url=http://members.aol.com/PODIUM1/trouble.html|accessmonthday=April 8 |accessyear=2005
*cite web | title=Marvel Makes More Trouble|url=http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/news/105612015351929,print.htm|accessmonthday=August 17 |accessyear=2005
*cite web | title=SpiderFan.org - Comics: Reviews: The Summer Everybody Lost It|url=http://www.spiderfan.org/comics/reviews/trouble/001.html|accessmonthday=April 8 |accessyear=2005
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