on August 2, 2011
I had often heard that this run of Jim Starlin-produced stories was one of the best of the 70s so when I spotted an inexpensive copy on Amazon I snatched it up. I was a fan of Starlin's 80s series Dreadstar and so was curious to see what this was like.
On its own terms it is quite good. It recounts Captain Marvel's first clash with Thanos as the latter tries to gain the Cosmic McGuff-- err, Cosmic Cube and throws in a bunch of other colorful characters: The Thing, Iron Man, Drax the Destroyer, Mentor and Eros and villians like the Controller, the Blood Brothers and the Super-Skrull. Starlin is trying to elevate the usual superhero slugfests by creating a longer story that broadens the scope and raises the stakes.
But it is not that much better than a lot of other comics that came out at the same time. Starlin was still growing as an artist and while there are flashes of brilliance, the work here isn't as good as his later stuff. This is particularly true of the Iron Man story -- one of Starlin's first major pieces -- and it shows. Story-wise it is a little clunky in parts too.
on March 31, 2000
This is where it all begins! This collection compiles the early appearance of Captain Mar-Vell in the issues of Iron Man and his early comicbook issues. Enjoy his battles with all kinds of villians (especially Thanos) and peek into the private life that he shares with his alter ego; Rick Jones (a one time partner of the Hulk and Captain America).
One of the best compilation by Marvel Comics and a gem to true blue comicbooks fans, completist and readers alike! Worth the look!
on June 15, 2002
See how Mar-vell, formerly of the Kree empire, transforms himself from a soldier fighting for an ideal that no longer brings him satisfaction to the most cosmic super hero of all time. See how Mar-Vell becomes "cosmically aware" and how he solidified himself as one of the top heroes in the Marvel Universe by tackling the God of Death and Lover of Death himself, Thanos of Titan.This story is great for all of those that like a classic tale to be self contained in one book.Also included is the heart gripping talk of the Death of Captain Marvel where the heroes and greatest minds of the Marvel Universe contemplate on how they are able to create wonderful inventions to defeat the villains of the Marvel Universe yet have dedicated so little time in solving the problems of the world that do not require a clenched fist and a menace that does not care whether you are the best of us or the worst of us.I highly recommend this trade paperback.