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Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, Volume 2 (2007)

by Jack Kirby

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After co-creating a number of legendary comic book heroes - including The Fantastic Four and The Hulk - legendary writer/artist Jack Kirby came to DC Comics in 1970 to create his magnum opus: four interlocked adventure series that were known collectively as The Fourth World. Now, for the first time, DC collects Kirby's four series - The New Gods, The Forever People, Mister Miracle, and Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen - in chronological order as they originally appeared. These comics spanned galaxies, from the streets of Metropolis to the far-flung worlds of New Genesis and Apokolips, as cosmic-powered heroes and villains struggled for supremacy.… (more)

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The thing is, I'm not sure that the Fourth World titles actually benefit from being read in chronological order-- there's very little that actually intersects between books, aside from the mythology and numerous appearances from the always-awesome Darkseid (who is never too busy searching for the anti-life equation to take a moment to torment a little boy in an amusement park). And the stories are still very standalone; one side or the other might win victories in the struggle, but they're usually victories against things that weren't even a problem until that particular story. There's still a lot to like, though; I found the Forever People surprisingly engaging (though that might just be because Beautiful Dreamer is nice to look at), and Orion's always good solid fun. ("The Glory Boat!" is a particular highlight in this volume, one of my favorite Fourth World stories.) On the other hand, the Jimmy Olsen stories start to get too ridiculous in this one, with appearances from 1970s insult comedian Don Rickles and his lookalike, a miniature planet stored in a graveyard bombarded by horror films, and the Loch Ness monster. Also, why doesn't anyone ever just shoot Mister Miracle instead of constructing an elaborate trap for him? On the other hand, Big Barda is made of ten kinds of awesome. One of my favorite things about these books is the feeling that, just outside of our ordinary human perspective, there's a massive mythological war going on right where we live-- the fate of the universe is being decided, and yet we have no idea; that feeling really comes through in this volume.
  Stevil2001 | Jun 2, 2008 |
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