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Marvel Firsts: Before Marvel Now! Paperback – October 31, 2012

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  • Series: Marvel Firsts
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785166157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785166153
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daneel Olivaw on January 1, 2014
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I'm at a loss to understand the audience for this book, a collection of stories from celebrated story arcs that had nothing to do with the "Marvel Now!" rebooting of Marvel's superhero titles. This volume doesn't contain any story arcs, but rather a single chapter from several story arcs. In most cases you get the start of a story, but must look elsewhere for how things turn out.

For example, you get Avengers #500, a fabulous reboot by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch that is the start of the Avengers: Disassembled storyline. Avengers Mansion is destroyed, Tony Stark goes into a drunken rant at the United Nations despite not having had a drink, She-Hulk is overcome by rage and tears The Vision in half, etc., but you just get the first chapter and would need the Avengers: Disassembled trade paperback to find out what happens. Same with "Get Mystique," a wonderful story by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney where Wolverine seeks to kill the mutant shapeshifter and hunts her across the world. But you just get the first of four chapters in that story arc and again must go to that trade paperback for the rest. The Punisher must operate in a world where the superheroes' Civil War has preoccupied most of Marvel's costumed heroes and, courtesy of Matt Fraction and Ariel Olivetti, must fend of the efforts of Stilt Man to team up with him, but you'll only get the whole story from Punisher's Civil War trade paperback. And Kieron Gillen teams up with Billy Tan to present one of the most chilling depictions ever of Doctor Doom, who is murdering and dissecting Asgardians to learn the secret of their immortality in the first chapter of a three-issue story arc collected in "Thor: Latverian Prometheus," which you again will need to see what happens as Thor finally intervenes.
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By Henry Troll on March 14, 2014
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It is an excellent quality comic book, with great graphics, design and paper. It has a different size format from those of the old days and I'm not quite sure why it's called Marvel before Marvel, because it looks as very modern. Nevertheless,a great buy.
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