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Quasar Classic - Volume 1 Paperback – March 7, 2012


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Quasar Classic (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078516359X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163596
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve G. on May 7, 2012
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Wendell Vaughn is not an edgy hero. He is not a mutant. He does not stand atop mounds of corpses with brandished talons or blazing guns. Indeed, the very first issue of his eponymous series plainly states his definitive character trait: he lacks a killer instinct. In short, he was not the hero readers were looking for in the late eighties and early nineties when this series was published. Too bad, because this was one of the best series Marvel ever put out.

Previously, when Marvel presented us with a cosmic hero, we got a noble alien outsider like the wandering Silver Surfer, the outcast Captain Mar-Vell, and the endlessly-martyred Adam Warlock. Mark Gruenwald--most underrated writer Marvel has ever had--wanted to try putting an everyman in the shoes of the cosmic champion, and the Quasar series was the result. Here we have a hero charged with the mantle of Protector of the Universe, and he really has no idea how to go about it. Who would?

The big problem with this trade is that it ends just when the series was starting to hit its stride. The first dozen issues or so follow the traditional path laid out for putting new superheroes through their paces: lots of crossovers and cameos by popular, established heroes. We get the inevitable Spider-Man team-up, plus stories that feature X-Calibur and the Human Torch. Various stabs are taken at exploring the limits of his powers and trying to find a viable archenemy.

Personally, I feel this series might have been better served through the Essentials line of black-and-white compilations. The series really took off with #13, which begins an amazing four-parter, and keeps building steam until the double-sized 25th issue. It's a perfect size for another trade, but I have doubts about the probability of use ever seeing it.
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As here in Brazil we didn't followed the entire series due to publishing issues, it's wonderfull to have the chance to read and have all stories at our reach. I have particular interest for the B-list or C-list characters, and unfortunatelly Quasar fits on one of these. But these are really good stories! The 80's and some part of the 90's were filled with character driven plots, which suits for me. I hope that Marvel may continue this collection.
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By Brian Singer on July 9, 2013
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Mark Gruenwald was one of those writers and editors who was not as flashy as a lot of current writers. But his plot lines on Quasar, Captain America, and the Squadron Supreme mini-series were great. I hope they reprint the rest of the first 25 issues of Quasar, because it would be nice for the readers who did not read the original series to know who the menace was (I will not reveal who it was).
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