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newuniversal, Vol. 1: Everything Went White (v. 1) Paperback – April 9, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (April 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123026
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His redesigns of the characters look great, and everything looked alive.
His usage of jawdropping, very cool sci-fi concepts here hearkens back to his time with THE AUTHORITY and PLANETARY series.
H. Bala
The characters are pretty interesting, well the majority of them were to me, but the stories seemed kinda flat.
Gino B Sinopoli

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shaxper on August 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
The good news is that there is an intelligent design to the universe. The bad news is that, like Homer Simpson leaving a drinking bird to man his work station, no one's watching at the helm. The White Event, a re-imagining of the central premise from Jim Shooter's classic New Universe franchise, has come in contact with the Earth, or at least one version of the Earth. Immediately upon contact, it has transformed four humans into its agents -- designates given specific tools in order to help humanity transition into a new age. Unfortunately, this "paradigm shift" is automated, and it tends to result in the destruction of the entire planet nearly as often as it succeeds in transforming humanity. As a result, the four designates of the White Event must adapt to their new roles and abilities with expediency and great care in the absence of an overseeing god. Along the way, they'll receive insight from an alien space station on another plane of existence, alternate and future versions of themselves, and a paranoid NSA director who has had to kill their kind before.

This may easily prove to be Ellis' masterpiece, thematically borrowing from the amoral and distant gods of Jack Kirby's "The Eternals," as well as the inter-linking design of the universe that played such a prominent role in Ellis' own "Planetary" series. Newuniversal surpasses both works, featuring a central concept that is far more complex and dramatically rich than anything similar that came before it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 25, 2008
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- "The universe sends a Justice to maintain order. A Cipher, for the technological leap. A Nightmask, for the consciousness shift. And a Starbrand, for defense."

WARNING: Various SPOILERS scattered about.

Back in 1986 Marvel Comics, to celebrate its then 25th anniversary, created the New Universe brand, a short-lived line consisting of 8 titles which shared its own universe and was linked by the White Event, a singular phenomenon which gave rise to several superhuman beings. Separate from the Marvel universe, this New Universe espoused a more "realistic" approach to superheroes and their settings and situations. For whatever reason, it didn't really catch on and lasted only three years. But, now (or, rather, in 2006) superstar comic book writer Warren Ellis takes his crack at it. He re-imagines the core characters from four of the original New Universe titles (Starbrand Classic Volume 1 TPB, NIGHTMASK, JUSTICE, and SPITFIRE AND THE TROUBLESHOOTERS) and sets about his widescreen rebooting and world building. The result, 6 issues in all, is collected in NEWUNIVERSAL: EVERYTHING WENT WHITE.

This is an alternative Earth, and doesn't quite mirror our own world. In this universe, John Lennon is alive and Paul McCartney was shot to death 19 years ago. The World Trade Center still stands. And Soviet Russia crumbled early. And then the cosmic White Event happens, triggering a shift in reality. The effects are immediately felt by four strangers. A young Midwesterner wakes up in a field to find his girlfriend horribly charred to death. He then discovers a strange brand on his right palm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gino B Sinopoli on August 13, 2013
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I know this was a reboot of the New Universe created back in the 80's - 90's, but I think it suffers from the same problems of the original inception of the New Universe. The characters are pretty interesting, well the majority of them were to me, but the stories seemed kinda flat. I don't know if they were trying too hard to differentiate them from the established Marvel Universe, whereas many of the characters didn't have brilliant colored skin tight costumes and they were leaning towards a more realistic perspective. I always thought the New Universe had so much potential and I wanted it to succeed but it seems as if it never really took off. The reboot was interesting, revamping some of the characters, origins and looks. Again it seems good in concept but as far as execution goes it felt lacking. Maybe somethings should be left alone. Not a bad try, a bit better than the original debut but it seemed to lack depth or hold my interest. Maybe it's just me?
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More About the Author

Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) and the "underground classic" novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.