So last night jenskot ran the Marvel Heroic game for a posse of us at his place. I already have the thing on reserve at my local game joint, but this reassured me that it is going to be a good purchase. He and his co-GM basically ran the game by grabbing a comic from his stack of comics and using it as the plot, and it worked.
I played Armor who's a sort of obscure X-Men character, and we also had Cyclops, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Luke Cage. The combat is really well done. It doesn't do that weird superhero war simulation thing that most other superhero RPGs do. Combat is instead comic booky and creative and engaging, and the powers are all like juicy steaks. When Loki shot a mystical blast at me, I knew it was going to hurt, but when I looked at my powers I was like, "I think I can take this!" And I did! You have to throw in some color to make sure you're engaging the character for who they are and not just randomly rolling powers, but it's loose enough that a couple sentences will do the trick.
And later I threw a car at the Hulk. It didn't knock him out, but it was pretty close and gave Luke Cage his chance to drop him. Oh, and the Hulk was scary to fight which was cool. As we made him angrier he Hulked up more and more, but he wasn't insurmountable by a group of superheroes. It felt just right.
We didn't get a chance to do a ton of the between-combat, Aunt May scenes, so I don't know how it does those, but since in comic books those are often just breathers between conflicts I'm not sure I'm worried. But, my milestones gave me some guidance on how I would play those scenes. Oh, and the milestones are pretty sweet.I had a sidekick milestone, so I spent a lot of my time in combat just buffing Cyclops in cool ways and getting rewarded for it. It was satisfying!