Author Kurt Busiek, Illustrations Alex Ross
This is the spoiler free review of Marvels, a 4 issue standalone. If you would like to read the spoiler full review and see all of the amazingly gorgeous pictures please go here.
Marvels is the beginning of the Marvel universe from the perspective of a New York reporter named Phil. It begins in 1940 as a scientist reveals his newest invention, the Human Torch.
From there the world quickly experiences a surplus of superpowered superbeings. Some, like Captain America, are instantly beloved. And some, like the poor X-Men, are immediately villainized.
Phil documents it all with his camera and experiences a whirlwind of experiences with beings far above his level of comprehension. The book makes strong commentary about what it means to be human who feels helpless in a world full of dangers both relatable and completely far fetched.
It was wise to follow this story from the perspective of an unknown player. Phil is relatable and doesn’t require previous Marvel knowledge. His humanity toward the conflicts in the book is powerful. The author manages to make huge intergalactic conflicts parallel issues that we’ve seen throughout history as well as today.
The art is absolutely stunning in its realism. It’s a style that is far more common for covers than whole books and makes this one feel extra special. It also places the book back in time but the context of the book could easily have been written today with how fresh and relatable it feels.
I strongly recommend this one for Marvel fans or casual readers. It is one of those comic books that transcends fandom to stand fully on its own.
5/5 Human Torch flames 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
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Buy it here: Marvels: The Remastered Edition (Marvels (1))