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The Eternals Omnibus Hardcover – July 12, 2006


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785122052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785122050
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,001,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pass this one by and show Marvel that you expect better for 75 bucks then this.
S. Schmelzle
Always best when he could create his own worlds, this is arguably Kirby's best mid seventies work and last near-great creative achievement.
G. YEO
While I agree the binding makes it difficult (but not impossible) to read dialogue or narration near the spine, that is a minor complaint.
Christopher J. Schillig

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Schillig on July 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Yes, Marvel is only releasing this now to tie in with the new mini-series by Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. Yes, Marvel's shoddy treatment of Jack Kirby - especially around the time of this series - has been well documented. Yes, Marvel dictated editorial changes including Marvel Universe guest stars and Kirby was forced to capitulate, albeit in his own unique way.

Still, having all 19 issues (plus the annual) between two covers is an awesome thing. Kirby was always a creator ahead of his time; his initial plan for the Fourth World saga at DC was to eventually have the series collected into bound volumes, something that didn't happen during his lifetime but which has come to pass since his death.

Some fans consider The Eternals to be Kirby Lite, a watering down of his creative powers after the commercial disappointment of the New Gods. But in some ways, I prefer The Eternals - the art is even more cosmic, and the storyline stretching to the dawn of time induces as much awe.

For those bellyaching about this book, I don't see the cause for complaints. It's beautiful, with vibrant colors, all the original covers, a wonderful introduction by Kirby collaborator Mike Royer, and Jack's original text pages reprinted at the end. While I agree the binding makes it difficult (but not impossible) to read dialogue or narration near the spine, that is a minor complaint. (It also cost the book one star in my rating, but only because I couldn't take away half a star, instead.)

It may have taken decades, but Kirby's belief in the after-market worth of comic books - i.e., the bound collection, sold in bookstores - has come to pass.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Art on February 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'd like to reiterate the earlier comment that the cheap, glued binding on this hardcover does a real disservice to Kirby's artwork. Most issues of The Eternals feature fantastic 2-page splashes towards the beginning of each story, but with this lame binding, it's impossible to open the book wide enough to see the entire picture. You lose the bit right at the spine. Sometimes this includes dialogue balloons, too.

All too typical of Marvel's "grab the cash" philosophy, unfortunately. If this were a $30 paperback, such a binding would be excuseable, but not for an expensive "deluxe" hardcover like this. If you really love Jack Kirby's artwork, you're probably better off scouring Ebay for copies of the original comic books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. YEO on July 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Back at Marvel in the 70s, Jack Kirby created THE ETERNALS. The series continued Kirby's sole obsession with themes of Gods, mythology, big technology and monsters wrapped into a sci-fi warp.

For whatever its flaws, THE ETERNALS was perhaps King Kirby's last great series work which I enjoyed. Familiar readers will pick up character similarities from previous successes the New Gods and Forever People but reinvented in a different form. In fact, elements of the Eternals had popped up in earlier Fantastic Four plotlines nearly a decade earlier, with Jack's curiousity about the big out there.

Jack got the blend of Greek mythology meets sci-fi just right in this series. Always best when he could create his own worlds, this is arguably Kirby's best mid seventies work and last near-great creative achievement. Other subsequent works like Captain Victory would feel derivative.

I'm happy that the Eternals is getting a hardcover treatment, but it is expensive and if it isn't well bound...well buyer beware!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda on July 30, 2008
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Jack Kirby's greatest stories deal with the battle between good and evil he is always looking at shades of grey - no one is purely good or pure evil. "The Eternals" continues this examination. At first the sides seem cut and dry: the Eternals are good, the Deviants are evil. But then, as the series progresses, we see that the Deviants are "ugly" to us simply because that is how they evolved. They were driven underground by the Celestials because the Deviants resented being judged by them. Can you not sympathize? - these Celestial aliens give you life, leave you on your own for years of evolution, then return and proclaim that they will watch you and decide whether or not they will wipe you out of existence. The Deviants rebellious response, especially in a country built on revolution, seems reasonable.

The relationship in that series between Kro and Thena is absolutely fascinating - star crossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet, but on a larger scale. At first, we see Kro as a mad general of the Deviants, but through his relationship with Thena we see him as a complex character with a desire to effect change in his people.

Before the Marvel editors ruined the book by insisting that
A) Jack bring it into the Marvel Universe
B) that it have a star (Ikaris)
The series was evolving on many different levels with different storylines that examined the major and minor themes of the book in different ways. This gave the comic a complexity that turned off many readers who could not follow the storyline, but I found it an and epic amazing story that took the comic book form to new heights that very few, if any, have achieved since.
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