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Marvels [Paperback]

Kurt Busiek , Alex Ross
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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10 Mar 2003 Marvels
Welcome to New York. Here, burning figures roam the streets, men in brightly colored costumes scale the glass and concrete walls, and creatures from space threaten to devour our world. This is the Marvel Universe, where the ordinary and fantastic interact daily. This is the world of MARVELS. Collecting MARVELS #0-4.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Panini (UK) Ltd.; New edition edition (10 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904159141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904159148
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 16.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,410,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book for marvel fans used to the various references to its backhistory and the interlinking of themes between it's various characters and groups. Busiek and Ross craft a great history following the development of Marvels comics, and a fascinating story to boot covering all sorts of ideas. The main thing is that they make the superheroes seem real - and realistic - quite an accomplishment.
And Ross's artwork is second to none
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Marvel Graphic around. 14 Oct 2005
Marvels, is probably the best graphic novel to look at the Marvel universe, it does not focus on the heroes, but on the life of one man who records their actions, news photographer Phil Sheldon. We follow his career from its beginnings in the 1940s with the emergence of the first Marvels, the original Human Torch, the Sub Mariner and Captain America. Then through the 1960s, where New York has become home to the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and where Sheldon himself becomes caught up in anti-mutant hysteria against the original incarnation of the X-Men. Then the later 1960s when Galactus arrives in New York and finally the 1970s where Sheldon investigates the death of NYPD captain Stacey and befriends his daughter.
The artwork is nothing short of fantastic, being a long time fan of Alex Ross, I feel that this is possibly his best work, coupled with the superb writing of Kurt Busiek. The characters of the superheroes are given a totally different slant than what we are used to, they appear godlike at times and all to flawed at others, Sheldon's character reacts to them like I expect we all would if they ever emerged in our world, with a mix of fear and wonder. The battles they fight among themselves are what I imagined the war between the Greek Gods and the Titans was like, with the ordinary man in the street unwillingly caught up in events he can't control, but the consequences of which he has to live with. Galactus' arrival in New York is nothing short of spectacular, looking more like a fiery god descending from his kingdom to wreak terrible harm on mankind, all the people can do is watch as the Fantastic Four attempt to stop him, when it's over though it will be those ordinary people who will have to rebuild and collect their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous marvels 3 Aug 2010
By Curly
Being fan of Alex Ross, this buy was a no brainer, and this edition was an extra bonus.

This was Alex's earliest work in this genre, and it doesn't go un noticed, but he still manages to bring the characters to life and put them into the `real' world. Combined with Busiek's writing, this really delivers the goods, and in such a clever way.

The story is told from the point of view of a photographic journalist who witnessed the first ever sighting of these extraordinary folk `back in the day' and despite what he or society feels, about them, "are they friends or foes?" documents their appearances through the years .. Here is an eye witness account of those stories as they intertwine with each other through the eyes of one man.

The cover and hard back packaging, as well as the `extra features' - Ross's designs, principle drawings and insight into his techniques really make this a show piece for anyone's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous 31 Dec 2009
I am relatively new to Graphic Novels and have so far concentrated on the must reads (Watchmen, Maus etc) and Batman novels. This was the book I chose to introduce me to the Marvel Universe and it did so brilliantly.

It is set from the early 1940s to the early 1970s in Marvel's New York. The book begins with the birth of The (original) Human Torch and ends with a significant death in the life of Spider-Man. In between these events we see and hear about many key events in the rise and fall of various Marvel characters but only through the eyes of a news photographer, just a regular guy. In this way we get a potted history of key episodes in the Marvel Universe whilst also seeing what it might be like to actually live in it.

Around 60 or 70 major and minor Marvel characters are involved in the story - some with key roles, many just cameos and others blink-and-you-miss-it appearances or even just small references in the text or background. I knew some of these characters from films (Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Daredevil, Fantastic Four), some from general popular culture (Hulk, Captain America, Thor), and some I'd never heard of (Namor the Sub-Mariner, Black Widow).

I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to the Marvel Universe but I also think it would be great to re-visit the more I get to know the various characters from reading other Marvel Graphic Novels.

In 1995, Marvel released the darker spin off Ruins (Books 1-2 Complete) (Marvel Alterniverse)

The 2008 direct sequel is called Marvels: Eye Of The Camera TPB
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvels 12 Sep 2002
This Graphic Novel is Great, With excellent artwork from the master Alex Ross to the sublime writing by Busiek It grabs the attention of the reader from page one. Unlike a lot of the superhero stories this is told from the viewpoint of a normal man trying to make his way in the world as a reporter/photographer as the world changes so much around him. It starts in the 1930s with the creation of an artifical man that reacts to oxygen in a unique way and ross's artwork here has to be seen to be believed. and continues through the main characters life untill his retirement and passing on of his camera to his apprentice. Any one who follows the classic marvel characters will see them all here and in most cases their defining moments are played out to the camera. A case in point being spidermans inability to save Gwen Stacy. All in all this is required reading for anyone who has a love for comics and Marvels Characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT
Interesting to see early Alex Ross - but story did not really grip. Some nice visuals though. Helps if you know the story of the Marvel Universe already.
Published 14 months ago by JULIAN FLETCHER
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous
Until Marvels, the only graphic novels we'd read were the Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way (which we love), but our mate lent us this one, as we're interested in writing our own. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C L Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars alex ross is a marvel!
if you have read kingdom come from dc then you will notice the obvious paralells with this book. alex ross and the mortal observer as a 'guide'. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by Big Nick C
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpassed expectations
To start, I'm not a well read comic book fan. I've been playing catch up. Never read any of the original Marvel comic series, only the occasional graphic novel. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2011 by sbaxter675
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and brilliant
Very simple: love story, love the artwork.
It's a brilliant take on the super hero franchise, and for the reader to follow a reporter instead of the superhero, and letting... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by Hilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars What life would be like if there were super heroes
Busiek and Ross have taken the Marvel universe and shown what it would be like for an ordinary person. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2007 by H
2.0 out of 5 stars A decent comic, but not what you probably expect
Don't get the impression from online reviews (or the cover) that this is some spectacle involving all the best marvel characters. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2006 by P.Vineaux
5.0 out of 5 stars The One Eyed Man Is King
It is difficult to praise this book too highly, exceptional art and writing combine to make it a top quality example of the comic book form. Read more
Published on 20 July 2006 by Rotgut
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
for a novice like myself, this is the first graphgic novel that i have ever bought and i was so impressed i bought another one! Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2006 by C. Mc Nulty
5.0 out of 5 stars A great graphic novel!
This fascinating graphic novel is a history of the Marvel universe, seen through the eyes of "common people", and more particularly, Phil Sheldon, press photographer. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2005 by Kurt A. Johnson
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