"In the Palm of Your Hand..." |
By George Caragonne, Todd Haedrich Art Nichols, Gray Morrow, Paul Creddick, Ken Lopez, The Gradations
Summary: The first part begins with a New Jersian called Herman Smirch playing Super Mario Land on his Game Boy and losing to Tatanga. He heads off to work and is disturbed by a beggar and whines to his boss when he gets to his job at an electronics store at a local mall. The boss leaves him in charge, so Smirch leans back in a chair and plays Super Mario Land on a Game Boy he steals from the store (he says it'll make up for his low paychecks). Then two teens come into the store wanting to buy Super Mario Bros. 3 when suddenly, Smirch's Game Boy releases Tatanga, Princess Daisy, and all his armieswhich begin to take over the mall even though they're micro-size.
They take Herman Smirch captive and Tatanga orders him to lead him and Daisy to a "fine dining place" when Daisy says she's hungry. Meanwhile, the two teens have released everyone's favorite hero, M ario, from the Game Boy and Part I ends with Mario saying "Whree's Daisy?" (I thought he had something going with Peach instead!)
Rating: See below, I rated the two-part story as one.
Story 2: "In the Palm of Your Hand... Part II"
The second part starts with one of the two kids not believing their eyes and the other acting as if nothing unusal is going on with Mario coming to Earth. The kids take Mario to Windows on the World, in New York, where Herman Smirch had lead Tatanga and Daisy. They get there just as Tatanga's armies have started their raid over the restaurant. Mario finds some blocks and bashes one to find a star, which makes him invincible. He heads to Tatanga.
Meanwhile, Daisy is turning down Tatanga's proposal for marriage. Mario comes into view closer and closer, and Tatanga decides that he'd better retreat, but says that he'll be back. Him and all of his armies fly back into the Game Boy. Mario watches, mad that he didn't defeat Tatanga. He thanks th e two kids and hops back into the Game Boy, following Tatanga, and the world is safe from Tantanga's wrath. At least, for the time being.
Rating: This was one of my least favorite Mario comics. Even though it was original in many ways, Earth is just not the right place for a Mario adventure to take place. Plus, since when was Mario only three millimeters high? Oh well, nice try anyways writers. On a scale of 1-10, a 4.1.
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