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Jack Kirby's Fourth World: VOL 04 [Anglais] [Relié]

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26 mars 2008
This fourth and final volume of JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS collects the remaining issues of the classic 1970s series THE NEW GODS, THE FOREVER PEOPLE and MISTER MIRACLE in chronological order as they originally appeared! As our heroes fight Darkseid's many minions while Darkseid himself continues his quest for the Anti-Life Equation, the series come to their end with the wedding of Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Also included in this volume are Kirby's sequel to THE NEW GODS and the graphic novel THE HUNGER DOGS, along with rarely seen Kirby art from DC's WHO'S WHO series, all from the mid-1980s.
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Jack "King" Kirby's comics career began in 1937 and continued for nearly six decades.  With partner Joe Simon, Kirby first made his mark in comics in the 1940s by drawing and/or creating numerous features for DC Comics including Captain America, the Young Allies, the Kid Commandos, Sandman, the Newsboy Legion and Manhunter.  As the most valued team in comics, Simon and Kirby went on to create titles and concepts including Fighting American, Boys' Ranch and the creation of the romance comics genre.  In 1961, the first issue of Marvel's Fantastic Four cemented Kirby's reputation as comics' preeminent creator, and a slew of famous titles followed that elevated him to legendary status, including Incredible Hulk, Avengers and X-Men.  Kirby returned to DC in 1971 with his classic "Fourth World Trilogy," which was followed by The Demon, Omac and Kamandi.  Kirby continued working and innovating in comics until his death in 1994. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • Relié: 424 pages
  • Editeur : DC Comics (26 mars 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1401215831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401215835
  • Dimensions du produit: 26,5 x 17,9 x 2,9 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Conclusion de l'oeuvre phare de Jack King Kirby 20 avril 2009
Par A. Silva
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L'univers du Fourth World regroupe les 4 titres New Gods, Mister Miracle, Jimmy Olsen et Forever People. Ces séries ont marqué les comics des 70's car il n'existait aucune épopée de ce genre, en fait il n'existait rien de semblable ! Cette épopée n'a pas connu le succès escompté et l'éditeur DC a utilisé Kirby pour d'autres titres ; c'est un privilège de retrouver cette série en édition de qualité, comportant quelques paroles d'experts (Mark Evanier en particulier), comme certainement Kirby l'aurait voulu. Je regrette personnellement juste le très faible nombre de reproductions des dessins originaux, alors que de ridicules agrandissements de dessins comblent les trous de la mise en page (quel graphiste a eu cette idée ridicule?).
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The end of the Fourth World as we know it. 13 mai 2008
Par Sean Curley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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And then, as Mark Evanier relates in his Afterword, the "Fourth World" project came to an abrupt halt.

This volume, the fourth and final colletion of Jack Kirby's most famous DC project, allows us to observe the final moments of the original run of titles, and the somewhat haphazard resolution that was tacked on by Kirby years later, when DC gave him another shot at his famous property. As anyone who ever talks about Kirby will stress, he was endlessly creative, and the "Fourth World" is often considered his most personal work in the comics medium.

The previous three volumes of this series followed a basic pattern: one issue of "Jimmy Olsen", followed by an issue of "New Gods", then an issue of "Forever People", and an issue of "Mister Miracle", repeated three times over. However, here we get a different and in some ways more wholistic collection of stories. Kirby's final issues of "Jimmy Olsen" were included in the third volume, so he is absent here, which I would consider a plus, all things considered, since they tended to be the weakest segments. We get the eleventh and final issues of both "New Gods" and "Forever People", each of which attempts to wrap up their characters' stories as best they can in limited space; in "New Gods", Orion, acknowledging his status as Darkseid's biological son (revealed in the third volume), faces off in mortal combat with his adoptive brother Kalibak the Cruel; the Forever People, meanwhile, who have been young soldiers in the war between Darkseid and Highfather, end up, in a sort of bizarre happy ending, trapped forever in the Infinity Man's idyllic universe, and walk off into the sunset to explore their new home, far away from the war of gods.

The bulk of the collection, though, consists of issues of "Mister Miracle", which lasted a full seven issues more than the others did. After Mister Miracle and Big Barda escape from Apokolips, where they adventured for most of the previous volume, they return to Earth, accompanied by Barda's former team of Female Furies (Lashina, Mad Harriet, Stompa, Bernadeth). They rejoin Oberon and meet a new promoter, Ted Brown, the son of the original Mister Miracle, resuming their attempt to live away from the god war and become famous performers. Along the way, of course, they inevitably run afoul of villains such as Madame Evil Eyes, a murderous British colonel who seems a parody of Shaw's "Pygmalion", and the memorably-named Nazi war criminal Von Killowitz (Kirby was creative, not subtle). Mister Miracle even takes on an apprentice, a black youth named Shilo Norman.

For most of these issues, Kirby avoids the wider Fourth World mythology in favour of superhero exploits (which Evanier says was a strategy to try and save the book). The series ends, though, as fans of the characters' later DCU appearances would expect, with Mister Miracle and Big Barda's wedding, an event that every major Apokolips villain tries to crash (actually, they prompt the wedding, as much as anything), with guest appearances by Orion, Lightray, and Highfather, before the New God heroes leave their mortal companions and return home (the other Furies seemingly go back to Darkseid's service, given where we see them next in the "Even Gods Must Die!" special).

Finally, there is the aforementioned special and the graphic novel "Hunger Dogs!", which marks the end of Kirby's contribution to the mythology (although future DCU series would ignore it, and many other aspects of Kirby's original series, in order to make fuller use of his original concepts before he started to wrap them up). It is not a wholly satifactory ending, though it is interesting to see Kirby incorporate ideas about the increased mechanization of society (which even the arch-villain Darkseid finds unsettling and deletrious) and the atomic weapons race. "Hunger Dogs!" does not conclude the prophecy of Darkseid and Orion's destiny, but it provides a bit of closure, while simultaneously leaving the future of the New Gods wide open.

If you have read the previous three volumes (and you should, if you mean to understand the Fourth World properly) then you know what to expect from the King: wild imagination in art and story, somewhat dated, but well worth your time if you enjoy older comics.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic End to Kirby's Epic! 14 décembre 2012
Par Picardfan007 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This special edition contains Kirby's final graphic novel called, "The Hunger Dogs". It even has original pencil pages of the art! If you are a fan of Kirby, this is the conclusion of one of his best works. The hard cover edition was way over priced. This paper back edition provides fans with an economic alternative to collect this series. It's hard to believe that DC declared this series a "failure". Over the course of many years; Dark Side and The New Gods have been used endlessly in DC animated films and comics. If you can't afford to collect any of the other Kirby sagas, this is the one to buy! This one has it all!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 With A Whimper and not a Boom Tube! 6 décembre 2008
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What must be understood that this volume is heavier on the Mister Miracle stories; with no Forever People or Jimmy Olsen (both of which made their vows in the third volume of this series). The forward and afterward give you the inside information of what was happening; which was the powers that were at DC had yanked the Fourth World out from Kirby as he was hitting his stride. Leaving the New Gods unfinished much like Charles Dickens "The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Mister Miracle was pushed by these events into the land of Super Heroics. Still considering the New Gods saga (with exception of an appearance by Superman and Deadman in the Forever People) largerly went on without interaction with the rest of the DC Universe; a tribute to Kirby's story telling.

Included is the new New Gods story from the baxter paper reprints of Kirby's New Gods saga followed by the reprint of the scarce Hunger Dogs graphic novel. Unfortunately the work is not as tight as the original run of New Gods; Kirby had changed and these works seem somewhat disjointed. Still bad Kirby is better than most comic creators on their best days.

I'd say buy this volume for the Mister Miracle reprints (much better than those crappy black and white volumes DC palmed off on us a few years ago) and discover some stories that are often overlooked in the greater Fourth World saga.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Even Gods Must Die!" 27 septembre 2014
Par Bowman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This past summer's addition of one monstrous "Justice League: Darkseid Deluxe" figure got me reminiscing. So I decided it was time to revisit these old nostalgic tales from my youth and it really brought back some great memories. When these intergalactic sagas first hit the turnstiles back in 1970 they were considered by many to be some pretty "far out" storytelling. Advertised as the first time the "Fourth World" saga is collected complete AND in chronological order this is how the contents break down;

7....Introduction By Paul Levitz
9..."The Mister Miracle To Be!" - Mister Miracle #10 - September 1972
32..."Devilance The Pursuer!" - The Forever People #11 - September 1972
55..."Darkseid And Sons!" - The New Gods #11 - Oct/Nov. 1972
78..."The Greatest Show Off Earth!" - Mister Miracle #11 - December 1972
101..."Mystivac!" - Mister Miracle #12 - February 1973
124..."The Dictator's Dungeon!" - Mister Miracle #13 - April 1973
148..."The Quick And The Dead!" - Mister Miracle #14 - June/July 1973
172..."The Secret Gun!" - Mister Miracle #15 - September 1973
194..."Shilo Norman, Super Trouble!" - Mister Miracle #16 - November 1973
215..."Murder Lodge!" - Mister Miracle #17 - January 1974
236..."Wild, Wild Wedding Guests!" - Mister Miracle - January 1974
257...New Gods Reprint Series Ad
258...New Gods Reprint Series Covers - June/November 1984
261..."Even Gods Must Die!" - New Gods (Reprint Series) #6 - March 1985
309..."The Hunger Dogs!" - DC Graphic Novel #4 - March 1985
373...Afterword By Mark Evanier
381...Mike Rover's Original Inks
384...Who's Who Profiles
416...Original Pencil Pages By Jack Kirby

** The format of this 1.0 inch thick paperback omnibus is more akin to that of DC's "Showcase Presents" or Marvel's "Essential" books. Where those reprints were black & white this Jack Kirby collection is in (4) color.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A work of genius, compromised. 31 octobre 2012
Par Zothique - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's great that, at long last, we have all of Kirby's "FOURTH WORLD" saga in print, in hardcovers and in color -- even if I don't necessarily agree with the formatting choices.

It's interesting to have the issues laid out sequentially in the order they were originally released, even though at times that only draws attention to the radically different tones and purposes of the various titles. The epic fury of THE NEW GODS saga doesn't benefit from being forced to sit cheek-and-jowl by the goofy and sometimes slapdash JIMMY OLSEN stories. DC's previous B&W collections weren't ideal, but at least they unified each individual series by title, so THE NEW GODS saga was left to follow its own internal logic, distinct from the very different tones of THE FOREVER PEOPLE and MISTER MIRACLE.

But the formatting choices become even MORE problematic in this final volume -- particularly in the presentation of THE HUNGER DOGS.

As Kirby's former assistant and current biographer Mark Evanier notes, DC was under pressure to present Kirby's "original" version of THE HUNGER DOGS -- a tricky proposal, because, to Evanier's mind, the finalized graphic novel WAS Kirby's "director's cut." Kirby had created an earlier, one-issue version of the story that DC found choppy and confusing -- and Kirby apparently concurred; he felt cramped by the size constraints, and was more than happy to expand the work into the then-new "graphic novel" format.

However, Mike Royer's original inks were still available for the shorter version -- the graphic novel was finished by Greg Theakston, who tweaked Royer's inks and resized the pages to fit the different dimensions of the GN format. And here's where DC's editors went horribly awry in presenting the material in THE FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS: they've restored Royer's original pages WITHIN the context of the expanded HUNGER DOGS GN -- creating an utter mess. Alternate pages change radically in size and inking style, making for a jarring reading experience -- especially for anyone who's never read this much (and unfairly) maligned work before.

Even more baffling, DC then follows the color HUNGER DOGS GN pages with a section of the black-and-white Royer inks for the original one-issue version -- but the pages are printed at postage-stamp size, with as many as nine pages of comics crammed onto one page of the book. This is doubly exasperating since the book wastes multiple pages on design-driven interludes of blown-up panels that don't really add to reading experience. I would much rather have had a READABLE version of the original one-issue HUNGER DOGS in lieu of these wasted pages, or the pedestrian bonus "Who's Who" bios on the 4th World characters.

The end result? If you really want to experience the HUNGER DOGS in all its glory, you need to track down one of the rare original copies; and if you're curious about reading the original one-issue version with the Royer inks, you'd better go get a magnifying glass. This book manages to offer the worst of both possible worlds.

When the 4th World Omnibus was coming out, I sold my copy of the original HUNGER DOGS GN, thinking I didn't "need" it anymore. I've recently bought another copy because the version in Volume 4 is so unsatisfactory.

For Kirby fans, unfortunately, 4WO Vol. 4 is a must-have item -- you've gotta complete your 4th World Omnibus set, after all, which is mostly sensational. The bummer is that this particular volume is mostly not-great material. Sure, it has the absolutely essential 11th issues of FOREVER PEOPLE and NEW GODS, but it mainly consists of a bunch of MISTER MIRACLE issues way past the series prime, when it was distancing itself from the 4th World mythos... along with the HUNGER DOGS prelude "Armagetto," which is nearly ruined by D. Bruce Berry's inexcusably awful inks. (Sure, Kirby's pencils weren't exactly at their prime in this period, but Berry invariably manages to make them look crude, childish and ugly.) And unfortunately what should be the crown jewel of the volume is instead a messy and fairly crappy job of re-presenting THE HUNGER DOGS. Hopefully, DC will choose to present a more coherent version of the GN in future editions.
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