- Hardcover: 552 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Combined volume edition (March 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785144927
- ISBN-13: 978-0785144922
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.5 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Atlantis Attacks Omnibus Hardcover – March 30, 2011
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As for the content, the Omnibus contains two related stories: Atlantis Attacks and The Saga of the Serpent Crown. The first, which occupies the majority of the Omnibus, is a somewhat poorly plotted mega-crossover, in which Ghaur, a deviant of Lemuria, takes over Atlantis in an effort to revive the Elder God, Set. The ensuing battle features all of Marvel's major superheros, though certain figures (such as Punisher, Daredevil, and the Silver Surfer) only appear briefly. Compared to the intricately constructed crossovers Marvel has published this century, Atlantis Attacks is highly simplistic, with very slow development and plenty of recaps. Still, for what it is, it's rather fun. The art is provided by a wide assortment of pencilers and inkers, but most of it is quite good. Rob Liefeld's work for New Mutants and Amazing Spider-Man is particularly striking--a good reminder of why such a fuss was made about him in the early '90s. The second story, The Saga of the Serpent Crown, is actually not a story at all, but a history of the Serpent Crown narrated by The Watcher. Mark Bagley's pencils for it are good, as is Peter Sanderson's script, but it's a boring read that most readers will probably skim.
Given its high production quality, The Atlantis Attacks Omnibus would make a great addition to the library of any Marvel Comics fan or collector of superhero graphic novels. More casual readers looking for a big crossover will probably enjoy this as well, though a better set of individual crossover stories are to be had in X-Men: Inferno Crossovers, another 1989 mega-crossover.
i was completely disappointed by the almost ridiculous story,
and awkward efforts to make sense of all the different titles involved
in what must be one of the worse moments in Marvel.
A few highlights...
*Iron Man Annual 10. Writer= David Michelinie. Penciler= Paul Smith.
*Avengers West Coast 56, a 4-page excerpt. Writer & Penciler= John Byrne. The reunion between Captain America & the original Human Torch.
*Avengers West Coast Annual 4, a 7-page excerpt. Writer= Fabian Nicieza. Penciler= Gavin Curtis. Firebird meets Atlantean soldiers in Baja Mexico.
*Avengers Annual 18. Writer= Michael Higgins. Penciler= Ron Wilson.
*X-Factor Annual 4. Writer & Penciler= John Byrne. Inks= Walt Simonson.
*Web of Spider-Man Annual 5. Writer= Gerry Conway. Penciler= Javier Salteres.
*Avengers West Coast Annual 4. Writer & Penciler= John Byrne. Inks= Terry Austin.
*Thor Annual 14. Writer= Roy Thomas. Penciler= Al Milgrom. Inks= Don Heck.
It's very 80's-style comic art here: somewhat cartoony & not realistic. The story- A pair of villains intend to conquer the world by bringing the Serpent God Set into this reality with the help of a new & improved Serpent Crown. In order to do this they team up with Attuma, ruler of Atlantis, to help prepare the way for Set's arrival by having Atlantis attack the United States & its heroes. After some escalating conflicts & a few plot twists, Set indeed arrives and craziness ensues. Many heroes appear briefly throughout this omnibus, with the bi-coastal Avengers getting a significant share of the spotlight. And Namor's contribution is surprisingly brief.
I really like this particular event, but I'm a crazy-big 80's comics fan, so take that into consideration. If people are looking for a few of the *best* collections from the 80's, see Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus - Volume 1, and the Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus, both being widely considered to be pure 80's Marvel greatness.
After X-Men: Inferno,X-Men: Inferno Crossovers, and Atlantis Attacks, Marvel's next big crossover, Acts of Vengeance, began in late '89 and extended into 1990, making that Marvel's 1st big event of the new decade. It might also be worth checking out.