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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.
The Atlantis Attacks Omnibus does an excellent job of collecting the original material with new remastered color and the larger page size really makes the artwork pop off the page. However, there isn't much in the way of extras. There are no interviews with the creators or behind-the-scenes 'making of' type extras. Also the individual annuals collected herein are not 100% complete. For example, the annuals as originally published had a lead story focusing on the main Atlantis Attacks storyline, a back up "origin of the serpent god, Set" story (which is collected in the Omnibus), then usually a shorter 8-10 page back up story featuring the title character for that particular annual. The back up stories featuring the title character are not collected. To be honest, this is a minor nag since these back ups would not really add any to the overall Atlantis Attacks storyline. However, it would have been nice to have them included for the sake of completion.
Now, on to the story itself. I'll be the first to say that comic books have really evolved from the 1980's! The artwork in the Atlantis Attacks Omnibus will appear simplistic and less detailed than the artwork on display in today's comics. That's not necessarily to say it isn't as good in it's own way, it's just a different style. The Omnibus contains artwork from some of comics' biggest names, some of them very early on in their careers. Artists include Rob Liefeld (in the Amazing Spider-Man annual & New Mutants chapters), Mark Bagley (the origin of Set back up stories, plus the Daredevil annual), John Byrne (X-Factor & Avengers West Coast chapters), Walt Simonson, Rich Buckler, and others.
The overall plot of the book is rather hackneyed and overly complicated, likely due to stretching the storyline out of the summer annuals of 14 different Marvel Comics characters plus a couple of tie in issues, but the basic plot is a villain name Ghaur tries to bring the serpent god Set to our plane of existence where Set hopes to take over our reality and Ghaur will rule the earth for Set (or something). This gets very over complicated at times and involves side stories where the undersea race of Atlantans are to be used as a sacrifice for Set, Ghaur attempts to collect seven super-hero 'brides' for Set's emergence into our reality, Ghaur strikes an alliance with Attuma the evil ruler of Atlantis, the alleged death of the Sub-Mariner, an Atlantian invasion of the surface world, and several other plot elements.
Overall, if you are looking for some retro-silliness and a good-old-fashioned throwback comic book super-hero slugfest then this book is for you. While not perfect, the collection would be a nice addition to any Marvel Comics fan's bookshelf. Also, amazon has it at a great price.