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Marvels (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Alex Ross, Kurt Busiek

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Title:Marvels
Authors:Alex Ross
Other authors:Kurt Busiek
Info:Marvel Entertainment Group (1994), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover
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Rating:*****
Tags:print, graphic novel

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Marvels by Kurt Busiek (1994)

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Following the steps of Kingdom Come from DC Comics, this is the one time Marvel tells us a story from ordinary people's view. Living with the "marvels" can be pretty exciting, but at the same time, makes you feel a bit tiny. The art is great, Alex Ross never lets you down. For the fans of super heros and for those who are a bit skeptic about them, this is a great read all the same. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
This doesn't hold up as well as I remember, for two major reasons:

1) Alex Ross's art is technically fantastic, but distracting throughout. The photorealism plays more as a stunt than real comics.

2) Phil Sheldon is ... not very interesting. Which is a problem for the main character and narrator of a book.

The most appealing part of the book this time through is Busiek's research. ( )
  scarequotes | Jan 23, 2016 |
Marvels focuses on different points in time, following various big events (the coming of Galactus, the death of Gwen Stacey) but rather than telling the story through the eyes of superheroes, it is told through the eyes of a news photographer.

Anchoring the story with a simple man has an interesting effect, very much like using the priest character in Kingdom Come. You never see anything about secret identities or personal lives, and the action is always from the outside, from a distance. I appreciate the approach and I think it largely works.

Unfortunately, by spreading the concept out for decades, the story somewhat loses focus, and each issue seems to have a sense of "what can the internal monologue be about that kind of relates to the event covered in this issue?" Overall, the narrative is a bit spotty.

Additionally, because we are seeing classic events through a new person's, the stakes are much lower than in, say, Kingdom Come, where we are seeing new events and have a great deal of insight into the older versions of classic characters.

Marvels definitely works - the artwork is amazing, the concept is fresh, and it's a good read. It occasionally drags in some places and isn't quite as good as some other work, but if you've never read it and you have a passing familiarity with the Marvel universe, it's definitely worth a read. ( )
  rodhilton | Nov 14, 2014 |
The breakout book for Alex Ross this is more his book than Kurt Busieks. There's a story here but the art is so good that it overshadows the narrative. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | Jun 20, 2013 |
A great take on popular Marvel super-heroes from the point of view of a newspaper writer/photographer. The art is beautiful and it's great to see some of the classic stories happening through the eyes of an ordinary person and the effects these events had on the rest of the public. ( )
  aarow | Apr 30, 2013 |
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"It is with considerable difficulty that I remember the original era of my being..." - Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
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Alex and I would also like to dedicate the entire work, with respect, admiration and gratitude, to the memory and the achievements of Jack Kirby.
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Horton. Phineas Thomas Horton. Quite possibly the greatest scientist of his time. He was my father.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785100490, Paperback)

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.

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Marvel Comics brings back Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross' fully painted retelling of key moments in the birth of the Marvel Universe, as seen through the eyes of an innocent bystander.

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