Marvels Premiere HC Hardcover – 9 Jul 2008
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About the Author
Kurt Busiek has been writing comics professionally since three days before he graduated from college in 1982, when he sold a "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" backup story that appeared in "Green Lantern #162." Since then, he's worked on just about everything from "Action Comics" to "Zot!," including runs on "Avengers," "Superman," "Conan" and others, and has co-created "Thunderbolts," "The Autumnlands," "Arrowsmith" and more. He's best known for his work on the multiple-award-winning "Marvels" and "Astro City."
Alex Ross first came to prominence as the illustrator of Marvels before producing the award-winning Kingdom come. With a graphic novel for Vertigo (Uncle Sam), several projects for Marvel Comics and six oversized graphic novels starring DC's iconic heroes (collected in The World's Greatest Heroes), he continues to bring comics to a broader audience. In 2003, Ross was the subject of a retrospective of his work for DC Comics, Mythology (Pantheon Books), written and designed by Chip Kidd. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
This book bored my eight-year-old son, as the superheroes were such minor characters. But, I found myself caught up in the story; reliving memories of watching the Marvel universe unfold throughout my life. (Boy, do I wish that I had saved those old comic books!) I found the authors' take on things to be quite though provoking. Indeed, he showed how people have always had a love/hate relationship with the Marvels from their inception through the 1970s, in spite of the other changes in their world.
This is a great graphic novel, one with a refreshingly different take. I highly recommend it to you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Marvels is a beautiful piece of art and a celebration of Marvel's 70+ years of history. A must buy for every Marvel fan out there. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Toni Vilusic
Great condition from seller .. great read although being a fairly recent reader of the Marvel Universe you do feel you're missing nods to numerous characters and events. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stuart Henderson
Arrived within two days and in great condition.
Great story but I'm not happy with how the story ended.
This book is truly stunning. I have the comics, I have a signed harback collection, but when I saw this release I knew I had to have this too. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Herb
Fantastic format completely ruined by page layout design. Every page has the additional white frame with book numer and MARVELS logo. Every one page! It looks busy and AWFUL. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kaneda
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 on 29 Aug. 2013 by JULIAN FLETCHER
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