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  • Series: The Marvels Project
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785140611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785140610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 15, 2011
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It's the late 1930s leading up to the most devastating of conflicts in mankind's history, World War 2, and a young doctor meets a dying old man called Matt Hawkins who tells him of a coming age - of marvels and heroes. From there the doctor realises that one person can make a difference in a world of hate and stands up for himself and others by wearing a mask and policing the streets at night as: the Angel.

Soon, scientists will create a man who bursts into flames when exposed to oxygen but doesn't die and who will become the Human Torch. A German scientist called Professor Erskine, who disagrees with Hitler's regime, will defect to America and perfect the super soldier serum which will give birth to Captain America. Meanwhile, the Nazis will have created a super soldier of their own in the form of the evil Red Skull. As John Steele battles Nazis from behind enemy lines in occupied France, Prince Namor avenges his fallen people by fighting the surface dwellers, and a young Nick Fury heads an early commando unit, the Howling Commandos.

"The Marvels Project" is a superb and engrossing comic book taking in the early days of the age of heroes. Ed Brubaker writes the story from the viewpoint of the Angel who sees ordinary people putting on masks and capes before real superheroes like Cap and the Human Torch show up. It's told beautifully with Brubaker capturing the tone and feel of the era perfectly. At times it feels like Alan Moore's Watchmen because it takes in an earlier time when it was just ordinary people in costumes instead of supes like Thor or Hulk but it only adds to the charm of the book.

The build-up to America's involvement in WW2 is paced beautifully with the creation of Captain America, with Brubaker retelling his origin here brilliantly.
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By fmeza on June 8, 2014
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This was absolutely fantastic! I bought this because of my love for Brubaker's run on Captain America. This is basically the origins of the Invaders and each character gets their moment to shine!
I wasn't very knowledgeable about the first Human Torch (or any of them for that matter) but this story made me want to find out more about him! And me already being a Captain America fangirl, the Cap and Bucky origins made me quite content.
Very well written and the art is beautiful. A very excellent addition to my expanding comic book collection. I highly recommend!
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By Javier Martinez on August 20, 2013
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Nobody clears up the past like Ed Brubaker. Here is a re imagining of Marvels history that even a noob or non fan boy could enjoy. Just good old clean cut story telling, like Captain America himself.
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By Steplander on November 23, 2014
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As usual, Ed Brubaker delivers a well written story that has the feel of an epic movie.
The storyline is clear, the dialogue is easy to follow and the artwork is beautiful drawn and colored.
This was a fun read.
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