Monday, June 25, 2007

Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Volume 1…

A Review of the first book in the series…

Well my copy of the book came this last week along with The Ultimate Galactus hard cover TPB – a review of which will follow in a later Blog, and I have to say it was like being eleven all over again.

The book isn’t as big as I thought from pre-sales advertising billing it as an oversized coffee table format book. It’s only around as big as a regular Masterworks type book…but worth every penny.

DC have made a great move to ensure the colour integrity is as Jack’s work first appeared back in the seventies on his Forth World books. The paper stock chosen is similar to the one used back then in the regular comic books. This is a change from the regular graphic novel/trade paperback/hardback versions generally on sale nowadays. The paper is one, which absorbs lots of ink and as a result the colours aren’t as strong or garish (to quote some folks) on the page.

The book contains the stories from all four “Fourth World” books:

  • Super Man’s Pal - Jimmy Olsen
  • The Forever People
  • The New Gods
  • Mister Miracle

The book also prints them in the order that they appeared on the newsstands back in the early seventies. Excellent reproduction throughout, with an introduction written by Grant Morrison and an afterword by Mark Evanier, it also contains a couple of pages of Jack Kirby’s concept drawings from the series. At 396 pages in total the book is excellent value for money and a nice thick volume.

If there is a fault, and it is only something to watch for when reading it – the paper stock is quite brittle, because of the type used and so my warning is be careful when turning the pages so they don’t tear. A minor point and quite moot really in the grander scheme of things, I for one can’t wait for the next and consequent volumes to arrive.

Until next time have fun!

Tim Perkins…

June 25th 2007

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