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  • Series: Edison Rex
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613776543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613776544
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sort of a quick read, but that was fine by me.
Dennis M. Roy
Th artwork was great and the story held your interest throughout, while an underlying "serious" theme through.
Mark Ament
The dialogue and artwork in this graphic are well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ament on June 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was my introduction to Dennis Culver and Chris Roberson, but it certainly won't be my last experience. Th artwork was great and the story held your interest throughout, while an underlying
"serious" theme through. In many ways, this book can be thought of as a meditation on the inability, or certainly the difficulty, of changing people's initial perceptions of you, a feat whose difficulty is compounded geometrically if that initial perception is formed through widely disseminated media You see, our friend Edison Rex was a super criminal who for reasons I won't explain in order not to give out spoilers, decides to become a good guy. However, no one believes him and anymore would be spoling it. Go Read it for yourself. You won't be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vista Hater on January 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love the concept of this series. Roberson does a great job of developing the character (especially in the book's back-up material), and the art is first-rate. It's such a simple concept, but I don't recall ever seeing this variation of the superhero genre. Definitely worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell T. Burlingame on August 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
This one was, of course, always going to have a microscope on it. Chris Roberson, former writer of Superman for DC Comics (with whom he had a recent and massive public falling out), takes on a very Superman-like character in his first issue as the co-founder of a new publishing venture.

I always thought Roberson was a great Superman writer hampered by a bad situation with editorial and J.Michael Straczynski's shabby "Grounded" story, and he proves it here, giving Valiant and Edison Rex (that's Superman and Lex Luthor to you and me) an issue to really shine before he sets up the series for what's to come.

It should be noted that this doesn't even feel like Superman, per se, as much as it feels like All-Star Superman, and it explores one of the same major themes. When your villain is someone who sees himself as a hero, because you are after all a scourge from which he needs to liberate the world...what happens when he wins? Isn't he morally obligated to either start behaving heroically now that his major obstacle is out of the way, or else cede the moral high ground and admit he was fooling himself the whole time? Edison Rex is faced with that realization and chooses to keep his high ground, thank you every much, to the confusion and exasperation of his loyal companion M'Alizz.

In the end, even though everyone will say "Oh, it's Roberson doing Superman," and there will likely be some accusations that he's doing it to tweak his nose at DC, it's a great book that deals in one of the most basic things that post-Watchmen comic book storytelling has always done: it examines the superhero genre by reducing its most identifiable character to archetypes and then reusing those archetypes in a new and different way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. McCoy on July 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Edison Rex wants to be a superhero. In fact, he used to be until hero Valiant showed up. But Edison has a plan. Get rid of Valiant and take his place. It would be a good plan, but his sidekick M'Alizz still thinks they should just conquer the planet. Then there's the pesky problem of the news media still seeing Edison as villain, no matter what he does to fight crime.

Edison collects an odd crew around him of misfit villains, and it's great to see the lairs of Valiant and Edison. It's all lots of fun, and enough curve balls are thrown into the mix that it kept me thoroughly entertained and wondering what was coming next. It ends with an awesome final panel.

Included are bio files for the characters and stats on weapons, and a really nice afterword from creator Chris Roberson on the creative process. I absolutely loved a full page panel by Dennis Culver in Valiant's lair which was a cut-away and showed Edison's progress through different floors. The panels are clean and not cluttered. The colors are vibrant and the story by Chris and art by Dennis Culver give the whole book a sort of retro look of the comics I loved as a kid, kind of like Gold Key Comics. If you like Tom Strong by Alan Moore, you will probably enjoy this also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis M. Roy on June 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
A bit of an unexpected surprise for me. I ordered it based on the brief solicitation "high concept", and on the name Chris Roberson. I had enjoyed some of Roberson's previous work, so I took a chance on the book sight unseen, and am glad I did. Turned out to be a super-fun page-turner. Sort of a quick read, but that was fine by me. I was wondering why I had never heard of this particular comic before it became available in a paperback collection -- and it turns out that the six individual issues that comprise this story were formerly available exclusively in digital form.

Roberson has hit all the right notes in a homage-laden tale that rings a few new twists on some comfortably familiar old superhero tropes. I would say anyone who has enjoyed such superhero titles as Alan Moore's SUPREME and TOM STRONG, Mike Allred's MADMAN, or Kurt Busiek's ASTRO CITY, will be right at home and find plenty to like in this book. Kurt Busiek obviously found a lot to like as well, since he wrote the introduction.

Roberson proceeds from the concept that when it comes to comic book super-geniuses, the only thing separating a Reed Richards from a Lex Luthor is the contrasting nature of their respective nemeses. In the beginning, this story seems to play out as a thinly-veiled "What if Lex Luthor defeated Superman and became a hero?", although things don't turn out to be quite that simple.
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