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Marvel Boy Premiere HC [Hardcover]

J. G. Jones , Grant Morrison
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8 Oct 2008 Premiere
First Time in Hardcover! Meet Marvel Boy - a.k.a. Noh-Varr of the Kree Empire, last survivor of a doomed starship. He's seen good friends killed by sheer ignorance and hate, and his welcome to Earth consisted of imprisonment and torture. Now he's angry - and if necessary, he'll take on our entire planet in the name of love, justice, and the freedom to ride in his spaceship! Collecting Marvel Boy #1-6.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (8 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785134409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785134404
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.7 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as wierd as you might expect... 8 Mar 2005
If you're used to Morrison's work, you'll know about this book already (and if you don't, why the hell not!?! It's vintage Morrison!), if you're not, this is probably a great jumping-on point to the works of one of the most out-there creative forces working in any medium today.
It's pretty straightforward; Alien teen (Noh-Varr) gets ambushed by evil Megalomaniac and stranded on Earth, where he ends up being hunted by the guy (that old chestnut) but the ideas that play out in the background are what make this. Hexus, the evil sentient corporation; Noh-Varr says "hello" to his new planet from Manhattan; the UN Bannermen and the "pocket battlefield". It's great, wierd and wacky stuff, though if you do know Morrison, you might be expecting it to be slightly less straightforward revenge tale.
That makes no difference though, this is Morrison at his wide-screen, crowd-pleasing best, but in the end he's still Morrison, and therefore still worth reading. Roll on the sequel, i say. I can't wait to see the promised "Cosmic Jihad".
Oh, and PS, i always forget to Praise JG Jones' art; it's phenomonal. Really great stuff.
You can't go wrong with this one. I Promise!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grant's most populist creation sets the scene 16 July 2001
By Tom Coates VINE VOICE
Marvel Boy is a strange creation of Grant Morrison, the man who has single-handedly declared his intentions to save comic books by making them the coolest things on the planet.
You can get a sense of what he's on about with this creation. Marvel Boy comes from a parallel earth and his ship gets shot down by a power-crazed villain called Midas, killing everyone on board except our hero. In each of the six issues that follows we see some of the developing consequences of this - from the release of a sentient corporation from Marvel Boy's ship, to the capture of the Memeplex that houses the collective ideation of the Kree people. It may sound like a surreal super-hero saga, but in a sense it's just scene-setting. Marvel Boy isn't on earth to save people from evil - quite the opposite. To him it's a turgid, crumby backwater with archaic politics that is dirty and unpleasant and almost impotent before him. He's here to make the world a better place, by any means necessary - and when you consider that his homeworld's politics is known as 'Zen Facism', you don't really know what to expect.
Full of wit and charm and spiky evil humour, Marvel Boy is also an attractive read. As ever with Grant, the earlier issues tend to seem quite light reading - but it's fairly clear that we can expect great things out of this interesting populist creation...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An innovative and unorthodox tale from Grant Morrison 30 Sep 2008
By N. Durham - Published on
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Grant Morrison has always managed to weave stories that have been just plain weird at first glance, yet also provide innovative storytelling that leaves a lasting impression. He's done it with his runs on Animal Man, JLA, New X-Men, The Filth, and countless others besides; and Marvel Boy is no different. Crafted during his all too-brief tenure at Marvel when he was re-vitalizing the X-Men, Morrison's Marvel Boy tells the story of Kree warrior Noh-Varr, whose ship has crash landed in New Jersey of all places. It isn't long before Noh-Varr is captured by an insane man named Midas who seeks to use Noh-Varr and his Kree technology to his own advantage, even if it means manipulating his own daughter to get what he wants. It does take some time to fully get all of what Morrison is throwing at you with Marvel Boy, but once you do, you'll find some strikingly mature themes and sharp surprises that will keep you interested. Not to mention that the artwork from Morrison's current Final Crisis partner and Wanted artist J.G. Jones is simply gorgeous stuff. The only downside of Marvel Boy is that it isn't necessarily something that everyone can get into. For Morrison regulars, this isn't something new in the least, but the tone of Marvel Boy may be off-putting for some. Still though, it's great to see Morrison's Marvel Boy recollected in a handsome hardcover edition, and if you missed out on it the first time around and are a Morrison fan or have been following Noh-Varr's exploits in Secret Invasion, Marvel Boy is definitely a worthwhile pick up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvel Boy 6 Sep 2010
By Awesome - Published on
Easily one of Morrison's best works. I read it all in one sitting and was totally engrossed the entire time. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sci-fi / superhero extreme romps. Give it read and I bet you won't be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and full of mad ideas 21 Nov 2008
By Kid Kyoto - Published on
This early 2000s saw the debut of Grant Morrison's "zen-facist" hero Marvel Boy. Marvel Boy is a Kree explorer from an alternate reality. After his ship is destroyed his crew killed, and he is almost dissected he vows revenge on the Earth. He starts by carving the words 'F-You' 5 blocks tall in New York City.

The bulk of the action is Marvel Boy's battle with Midas, a multi-trillionaire whose "dreams is to plunder the radiant treasure houses of heaven itself one day". Crazy ideas abound like sentient corporations, multiple personality AIs and a love interest named for a medieval torture device.

The end promises Marvel Boy 2:001, a sequel that never happened. But even so the book is worth reading and even the ending feels right.

JG Jones' art deserves special praise here, he can do anything from a city street to an interdimensional limbo and make it look perfect.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvel Boy: Jack Kirby on acid? 7 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on
What if you were an alien stranded on a primitive world, hated and feared by civilizations that,quite simply,suck? Would you fight for their safety, and admiration? Probably not, and neither does Noh-var. Put simply,the first chapter in the Marvel Boy trilogy (if it indeed is still that) seems to be Grant Morrison channeling the imaginations of Jack Kirby and Satan simultaniously, and writing the images he recieves down as words.
As fast-paced, and hallucinogenic as he felt like making it. Morrison crafts what couldn't be deemed a dense tale of charactor driven pathos, however it does out-do The Authority for people with personalities( after all, how many issues of people sitting around for three issues only to hit the world conquering threat of the month into submission- without development of characters can you handle?) the development of the characters takes a passanger-side seat to the plot, with neither truly dominating the other... although the plot does speak with a louder,shinier voice at times. Marvel Boy doesn't really break any new ground, until it's too late, and you realize just what is really going on. That's all i'll say about the story, not that what happens is a major suprise, it's just that I hate thinking i'll ruin someone's fun.
Art-wise, J.G. Jones is definetly hitting strides. The art is a perfect compliment to the story, picking up just enough of certain Kirby-isms without being anything other than an homage, even though Jones' art looks nothing like Kirby's. Weird I know, and when you look at the art you might think i'm crazy, but... Just study the overall flow of the story, and it might come to you. The art brings an unparalleled sense of design to the characters that just plain makes sense. Everything about Marvel Boy clicks in what can only be called "Planned coincedense." Everything looks like its two different styles of comics coming together at a random angle, but it feels like the only thing that makes sense. Noh-varr designed by Joe Maduer...y'know Battle chaser's guy wouldn't FEEL right. As a matter of fact, there are only a handful of artists I feel could have pulled off realism in a world created by a sociopathic God.
Believe me, Marvel Boy is more than "Pop comics", or an experiment of what would Stan Lee do if he were inspired by drugs, but it also isn't. When deconstructur-ism seems to be the leading trend in super-hero comics that mean something, Marvel Boy is just the opposite. Flashy costumes and superpowers for the sake of Flashy costumes and explosions, with out being dubbed "Wide-screen" Comics, which those simpering skin-cells at Wizard(shudder) seem to apply to anything these days.
Don't get me wrong, i'm not giving Marvel Boy hand love for the sake of hand love, a little more time could have been spent on developing Noh-varr and Oubliette, and just why their particular brand of neo-relationship works,(which i'm capable of ignoring: If people can form bonds over chat rooms...). My only major gripe with Marvel Boy comes with tha fact that it is indeed edited. The sting of non-anarchist chaotic rhetoric seems to loses it's edge when edited. Oh the irony of the Comics Code.
A comic about someone changing the government, filtered by the government... if you catch my admitedly vague statements. Hopefully, Marvel Boy2 (which Morrison claims to be already writing) will be released through the less restrictive guise of the Marvel Max imprint. One can only hope. So at least read a friend's copy of Marvel Boy, if for nothing else but to see a "Superhero" eating trash for strength.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun superhero parody 26 July 2012
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
"Marvel Boy"
Written by Grant Morrison
Illustrated by J.G. Jones
(Marvel Comics, 2001)
Somewhere along the line, I grew weary of Grant Morrison's absurdity-laced deconstructions of the superhero genre, but this book, which collects the Marvel Boy miniseries of 2000-2001, is a real hoot. Recasting the third-string 1950s sci-fi hero as a bad-ass Kree warrior, Morrison places Noh-Varr in an amplified "Man Who Fell To Earth" scenario, where his reality-warping Kree technology is stolen by a rapacious billionaire who wants to give himself Thanos-like superpowers. There are aspects of this story that recalls the dreary, repetitive "weirdness" of the Vertigo imprint, but overall, I found this to be a pretty fun, frequently funny story with a few intriguing sci-fi tweaks. Definitely worth checking out. (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain bok reviews)
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