Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2 (Anglais) Broché – 10 avril 2012
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In this second volume, collecting NEW GODS #4-6 ,FOREVER PEOPLE #4-6, JIMMY OLSEN #141-145 and MISTER MIRACLE #4-6 , the evil Darkseid's schemes continue to unfold while the New Gods, Forever People, Mr. Miracle and other heroes battle his many minions!
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On peut faire de nombreux reproches à la série : les dialogues sont parfois gauches, les événements invraisemblables, le rythme parfois incohérent, on aime le style caricatural Kirby (on devient alors fan) ou on déteste (la plupart des lecteurs, et c'est un fan qui l'admet). Le papier n'est pas à la hauteur de certains recueils récents, si l'on compare par exemple aux rééditions des oeuvres de Kirby lors de sa 2ème période Marvel (Devil Dinosaur ou le Démon, par exemple), mais mon expérience est qu'un livre disparait suite à un prêt malencontreux, des infiltrations, un carton perdu dans un déménagement... bien avant que son papier ne se détériore du fait de sa mauvaise qualité. Cette édition est, au final, d'une qualité suffisante.Lire la suite ›
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Then lets talk color, they were beautiful, you feel like you are back in the 1970's buying the comics right off the rack. Some collections recolor the colors of the book in a garish manner, not here, though I don't have the originals to compare them to directly the way this book was colored was a joy to behold and felt true to the artist's intentions.
The binding was not tight, easy to read and stayed open.
Though all the stories in this volume have been reprinted before, remember all but the Jimmy Olsen were printed in horrid black and white (what other DC collections, except for their showcase line, are in black and white) with the added insult of tones being added to the art to rendering it murky.
What is really impressive is how the story reads when collected in the order it is published. Unless you bought the books off the racks in the 1970's or you actually made an effort to find their publication dates nobody has recently read them as Kirby had intended. The cut from one section of the saga is interesting, Jimmy Olsen is at the fringe, Mister Miracle a little bit closer, Forever People even deeper, and the New Gods at the center of it all. You can see more and more characters getting drawn into the story.
A lot of people will decry the silly story with Don Rickles, but when read in context it shows that everyone was being drawn into this cosmic war, plus some comic relief is much needed when you have the high melodrama of the New Gods going on.
Extras include a hefty helping of original kirby pencil art at the back of the book. I wish they would have included the house ads, oh well.
The next volume (#3) will pack the most punch as you come to some of Kirby's strongest stuff yet (The Pact) and Scott Free's escape to earth is shown in a flashback story you will not soon forget.
See you there.
Jimmy Olsen- This remains the problem book in the series as the inking remains Colletta and the stories lack Kirby's usual creativity. The rest of the Don Rickles story, Universal monster clones and the Loch ness monster (Who looks a great deal like Fin Fang Foom) are some of the storylines here.
The Forever People- The book still seems to be an afterthought but things improve in this volume. Darkseid continues his search for the anti-life equation and The Forever People gain the assistance of Sunny Sumo, who despite his unfortunate name, adds some excitement to the book. This character adds an interesting element to the book where the other characters seem to be types not fully formed. There's also a nice section where Serifan, Kirby's cosmic cowboy, has to deal with the loss (not really) of his companions. Kirby shows his pain with grace and feeling.
Mr.Miracle- The character continues his singular battles with some of Apokolips' minions, with the death traps gaining in complexity with Royer's inks now bringing all of Kirby's work to light. This volume also contains "Funky Flashman" Kirby's very broad interpretation of Stan Lee, who comes off very poorly in Kirby's very funny take on Lee's larger than life personality.
New Gods- This book really takes off in volume II. Kirby's story "The Glory Boat," is probably worth the price of admission. Continuing Orion's battle with the aquatic "Deep Six," the story combines some of Kirby's most dynamic art with a story about the generational differences between a ultra-conservative father and a pacifist son confronted by the cosmic forces involved in the New Genesis/Apokolips War. The story touches on some very strong themes and remains one of Kirby's best.
Volume II is where Kirby's ideas start to jell and his art starts to reach its zenith for the series. This is what the Fourth World could have been if enough time and support was forthcoming from DC and the fans.
This volume contains some excellent issues including "The Glory Boat" from "New Gods" and the introduction of Big Barda in the "Mr. Miracle" issues. There is also a funny and harsh portrayal of Stan Lee as Funky Flashman in the Mr. Miracle comics. The "Jimmy Olson" comics remain very inconsistent with a story involving Don Rickles (yes, that Don Rickles), the Loch Ness monster, and a vampire doing little to add to the "Fourth World." "The Forever People" as a group contain characters that really are not well developed though they face some of the most memorable of Kirby's villains including Glorious Godfrey and Desaad. However "New Gods" and "Mr. Miracle" are both excellent comics with memorable heroes, supporting characters and villains. These two comics serve as the heart and soul of the "Fourth World."