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Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, Vol. 1 Hardcover – May 2, 2007
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The Cover is gorgeous. A larger than life copy of a close-up on Orion - very evocative of the whole Kirby Fourth World experience.
The "heft" of the tome is very light, feeling more like a trade-paper back than a hardcover edition.
The reason for this feather-weight feel is soon obvious. The paper used in this volume is quite unexpected. My initial reaction was one of disappointment and dismay. The paper looks and feels like a higher quality newsprint, not at all what one would expect for a book with a $50.00 cover price! Upon closer examination, there does not seem to be immediate concerns; the paper itself seems quite sturdy - it doesn't have the same feeling of shoddiness that regular newsprint entails and the ink seems to be quite permanent and smear-proof. Upon further examination, I actually began to feel quite good about this rather unorthodox choice. The paper really evokes the feel of an early 70s comic books and it really carries the somewhat garish colors of the original comic (which are faithfully reproduced btw) very well. It really suits the emotional, nostalgia experience.
For those that care about such things, the binding is glued, not sewn, but seems to be well-done and very strong.
In addition to an introduction by the esteemed Grant Morrison and an afterward by Kirby associate and close friend, Mark Evanier, there are a few Kirby concept drawings.Read more ›
Jimmy Olsen-Yes Kirby wanted to start where his grand plans would not be weighed down by expectations. But Olsen didn't work out. DC in their fear of change redrew Superman's face, a noticeable and odd action that actually distracted from the art. The art also suffered from the inking of Vince Colletta, an inker known for his speed, not his talent. The story kicks right into gear re-introducing The Newsboy Legion and The Guardian in the midst of stories about cloning run wild. I wish I could say it works, but this was a bad fit from the beginning. A Don Rickles storyline? Ouch!
The Forever People- This group of "super kids," as Superman refers to them, is visually interesting, but lacks the template that Kirby puts in place for The New Gods or Mister Miracle. The characters remain ciphers and with the exception of Big Bear, the well-spoken strong man no one stands out in these early stories. The deus ex machina of Infinity Man, who arrives when The Forever People switch places with him, makes the stories predictable form early on.Read more ›
Things are as they should be here. Flat colour for the most part, not the absurd misuse of computer shading so prevalent in most modern material (digital color can be done right, of course, but we rarely see it in mainstream comics). No "retro" fake halftoning here. Instead, an attention to subtlety, without jarring, attention-grabbing production techniques that have nothing to do with, and add nothing to the content. Asking for anything different is akin to wanting to "improve" black and white by colouring, or line art by painting. Let's get it straight: more "realistic" is not necessarily better. Slicker, glossier, thicker, more more more, is not necessarily better. It certainly wouldn't be here.
Among the blessings we should count: the collection is beautifully designed. with the dust jacket a different image from the actual cover beneath it. That's not lazy production.
And the contents, awesome as they are, will only get better in subsequent volumes as Vince Colletta is replaced as inker by Mike Royer.
Thank you, DC. This is a classy package.
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some of the best Jack Kirby comic book stories and art ever! Jack's "Fourth World" comics didn't get a fair chance to grow their audience, and at the time I under... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard Rogers
Jack Kirby is my favorite. Read these comics when they 1st came out ink the 70s. Only contains the 1st 3 issues of each title.Published 17 months ago by Mark
Kirby is a joy as always and this collection is well put together.
I'm more than a little pissed at DC for taking these out of print so quickly, though. Read more
If you like Kirby, get this. It has some of his best work. I bought the original four series included in this omnibus when they first came out and they were favorites then, and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bruce Feist
I would just like to touch on the poor reviews that conern the paper quality of Jack Kirby's Fourth World collections. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by scottc1965a
My first impression was jack kirby i gotta ck this out but really it wasn't all that great all the five star reviews make me laugh a lil cuz it was very mediocre and at this point... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by randythegod