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Evolutionary War Hardcover – September 28, 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Evolutionary War
  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785155473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785155478
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I remember this storyline as it was originally published in 1988 by Marvel Comics as a crossover series running through all the 1988 summer annuals. As a kid in the '80s I picked up several of these annuals and skimmed the storyline. That being said, this book was a purely nostalgic purchase for me. Would the series hold up better than I remembered it? You know what? It did!

I went into this book with somewhat lowered expectations and looking back that was probably a good thing. This isn't comic book storytelling as seen today. The hyper-detailed artwork, and overly padded storytelling commonplace in today's comics is thankfully absent. Modern ultra-realistic reality TV dialogue is nowhere to be found. This is a 1980s Marvel comic book action drama, with ideas flying off the pages almost half realized and too rapid to fully grasp before moving on to the next chapter. Characters speak, fight, and interact like comic book characters. The comics reprinted in this collection typically follow the "9-panel grid" type of storytelling with splash action pages interspersed throughout. And I didn't mind it one bit! In my opinion, this is what A COMIC BOOK should read like!

The basic premise of this book is that a very old being called the High Evolutionary decides to speed up the evolution of the human race, to make them near-godlike super beings. As we learn through backstories and flashbacks, the High Evolutionary was a turn-of-the (20th) century scientist who "super-engineered" himself to near godhood. Additionally, via the use of an "evolutionary accelerator ray" the High Evolutionary succeeded in evolving animals such as cows, goats, hogs, etc to manhood.
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This Omnibus collects the event crossover from the annuals of 1988. It chronicles the history of the High Evolutionary and his plan to detonate a bomb that will evolve all of humanity to its highest evolutionary potential. The quality of the book, the binding and recoloring, are as good as the other recent Marvel Omnibuses being published... they seem to have finally settled on a page thickness and binding process that work. I have over 40 of these babies occupying a very solid bookcase, and believe it or not, this is now one of my favorites... and I almost passed it up!

The individual issues of the event are loosely tied together by plot, but the majority of them are solid single issues... only maybe two of them were average. The climax issue involves a great line-up of Avengers (who happen to be reservists because the active members are missing), including Hercules, Cap, Falcon, Hulk, Yellowjacket, and Beast. The fact that the story plays out loosely didn't at all detract from reading this book cover to cover.

The High Evolutionary is really a cool villain. The last 100 pages or so of this volume chronicle his origin, incorporating the origins of no less than: Adam Warlock, Spider-Woman, the Knights of Wundagore, Counter-Earth, Man-Beast, and Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. By the time I was done with his origin story, I had that great feeling of satisfaction that I was just let in on some major, relevant Marvel History. The H.E. is one of those philosophical villains - very powerful (stood toe to toe with Apocalypse and repelled Galactus from Counter-Earth), but not violent or evil, just idealistic and revolutionary. It isn't brow-beating, however.

To sum: great history, cool villain, good single issues. Don't miss this omnibus, it's a worthy addition!
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I've seen this book several times & finally said the heck with it & bought it. I remember buying the annuals this book collects back in 1988 ... has it really been that long, man where did the time go! I think the story is still fun & the art looks greater than ever! A fun story featuring one of Marvel's great villains!
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