Review by: kwisdumb

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Price: 3.99

Allow me to preface this review by saying I’ve never read Marvels.

However, I’ve heard great things, so I guess you could say I went into this with high expectations.

It met and exceeded everyone of them.

I’m completely willing to admit that it may just be me, but this one hell of a comic. The art was perfect for this kind of book and the storytelling was on point as well. I’ve always been interested in how the world reacted when superheroes first burst on the scene, and this book presents that to me in a format that is both aesthetically and literally breathtaking.

I’ve said that Marvel’s new Marvel Knights min-series Magneto: Testament  isn’t really about Magneto at all, or at least, it doesn’t have to be, and I feel the exact same way about this book. A certain amount of the appeal is seeing your favorite superheroes, but at the end of the day it wouldn’t be any different if it were any new invention or scientific breakthrough — it’s the smaller characters, the society and the humanity of it all that makes it worth reading.

As I said, I’ve never read the original Marvels series, and looking back now, I can’t understand why I didn’t.

Highly recommended.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. I’ve read Marvels.

    Which is perhaps the main reason I wasn’t as keen on this. This didn’t feel like it had anything new to say, like it’s really no different from Marvels itself.

    I’d recommend reading Marvels. Then see if you think this is a progression of that.

    I didn’t even think this was bad, just nothing new to me.

  2. Wasn’t there already a sequel to Marvels? What’s new and fresh about this?

  3. Yeah, definitely. I’m going to read Marvels sometime this week. I thought it was important to include that preface in the beginning of my review, as my opinion on this book may completely change after I read the series proper.


    Thanks for the comments.

  4. Absolutely let us know what you think by the next issue. It’d be interesting to see what someone thinks when they read it in the "wrong" order.

  5. While it was good, and totally acceptable as the next chapter in Busiek’s story, this just didn’t grab me, and without Alex Ross, it didn’t feel like Marvels.

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