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Essential Killraven Volume 1: War Of The Worlds TPB Paperback – July 20, 2005
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That Killraven survived is miraculous-- the early versions of the feature were less-than-wonderful. But once P. Craig Russell and Don McGregor took over, this was some of the stuff of the decade. The writing moves from cheesy post-apocalyptic tripe to subtle, nuanced examinations of war and heroism, laced with moments of humor and extraordinary beauty. Not until Moore's Swamp Thing and Moench's Shang-Chi would anyone write comics this powerful and literate.
But yes-- you do have to wade through some other stuff to get there. Think of it as just gathering backstory until you get to the real meat. Marvel did the creators the favor of a heads-up on cancellation, so there is a story that gives a sense of completion. Then Russell and McGregor got to create a graphic novel that really tied things up-- unfortunately, translating the oversized, painted-illustration pages to this format loses a little something.
There's certainly some dross here, but get this volume for some pure comics gold from the seventies.
Still, anyone unfamiliar with Killraven (as I was) will find the last quarter or so to be a pleasant snap of the tail,as both writing and art go from seeming like a Thundarr knockoff into something very closely resembling an early relative of the movement towards "comics can be serious". This is the first C-level title I've seen in the Essentials series where I really am a little disappointed it's over. From the last few issues and graphic novel, I think if the title had been given a little more time to grow it could have developed to the point of making Marvels later Epic line a more serious competitor with DC's Vertigo.