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Eternals Paperback – July 2, 2008
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In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.
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All in all, it's not bad, but it's more a revitalization of Kirby's characters than a reworking of them -- the transformative brilliance Gaiman has displayed in works like the Sandman series or _1602_ isn't present here. There's no flash of genius, just a technically well-executed story. There are strong, believable characters, a decent plot, compelling villains, and so forth. That's still better than a lot of things out there, and overall this is probably worth reading, but it isn't in the first rank of Gaiman's works.
The fruit died on the vine back in the 1970s, but Gaiman has given new life to the concept.
Let me be frank: I've never been a fan of Kirby's inventions that, for all their purported godly origins, were just your average, oddly costumed superheroes. But, while DC inserts the New Gods into countless storylines, making them hard to ignore, the Eternals had fallen entirely off my radar over at Marvel. Until now; Gaiman's involvement was enough for me to give them a chance.
And he does it. He successfully remakes the Eternals in a way that honors Kirby's source material while shoehorning them into the Marvel Universe in a way that makes sense -- something Kirby himself was unable to do. And, while he hasn't created a sensation like the Endless, Gaiman has put some interesting concepts on the table; it remains to see what Marvel does with them next.
by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor
Gaiman's update brings an almost common sense focus to this vast many headed beast with some nice creative twists and suprises. The basic premise of superheroes who've forgotten who they are is done well. Mix in those nasty Deviants as religious zealots (Good touch) who want to raise a long dormant rogue Celestial and you've got quite the powder keg, but it doesn't really go off. And the overall plot doesn't quite gel, it would've been better off without the Civil War subterfuge jammed in there. But it's damn entertaining with some fantastic JRJR art and Gaiman's typically fine attention to character details. Recommended.
It is very disappointing to feel compelled to advise you to save your money, and while it's tempting to speculate why Neil would put out such a pitiful book, I will refrain from doing so.
This book was reasonably entertaining, with lavish, action-y artwork by John Romita, Jr. (gotta love him!) but nothing in the plot that really blew my mind. Oh, well. I might pick up the next book, but then again, I might not. This one didn't wow me as much as I'd hope it might. (Axton)
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Neil Gaiman and jack Kirby ? Need I say more? Jack unfortunately couldn't really bring the story to a satisfying finish. That is where Neil comes in for an awesome finish.Published 1 month ago by griffondoor
Another underrated entry into the Marvel Universe,
Felt very mainstream, considering Gaiman's normal fare!
I shouldn't give this four stars. The writing is awesome. Gaiman is great, Romita Jr. delivers fantastic visuals: there's not much left to ask for. Except the rest of the story.Published 13 months ago by Christopher Ashton
Compelling storytelling, and an interesting origin story. However, this doesn't seem like quite enough of my kind of story to really make me want to keep reading.Published 14 months ago by Fenrix
I enjoyed this book a lot. Added a couple twists to the deviants/celestials histories, which kept it from being predictable.Published 23 months ago by W. R. Mcclune
I am no expert with comics, but this is a unique experience that i thoughrouly enjoyed. It takes the form of a comic but in reality it as if you are watching a story,predetermined... Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Caleb Jensen
This is an attempt by Gaiman to update the Marvel universe. Gaiman writes stories which explore where gods come in contact with the modern people. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Laura Spence
Just the thought that The Universe or at least, some major part of The Universe, sends, assigns or creates Protectors, Gods, Teacher and/or Heroes for us I like it.Published on August 18, 2013 by RobJ