Monday, December 03, 2007

Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Volume 3…

The Penultimate Book in the series!!!

This book in the series contains the last of the Jimmy Olsen comics and some of my favourite Forth World stories. It contains stories such as “The Pact” – which Jack, himself always claimed to be his favourite story, “The Power”, “The Death Wish of Terrible Turpin”, “The Battle of the Id”, “The Bug”, and my all time favourite, along with the aforementioned The Pact, “Himon”.

Well the third volume of this wonderful series arrived a few days ago and once again it’s just like being a kid all over again. The Art is again dynamic, powerful and full of energy. The epic, cosmic stories are even more massive in scope, engaging and full of wonder. The evidence of the limitless imagination of Jack Kirby is once more self-evident here, as he throws new ideas and concepts about with a nonchalant ease.

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

Superman’s Pal – The “New” Jimmy Olsen
The Forever People
The New Gods
Mister Miracle

There is a foreword by author Glen David Gold and another afterword by one-time Kirby assistant Mark Evanier. There is also a section at the rear of the book showcasing jack’s original pencils to some of this volume’s work, so you can compare them to the inked versions.

There are some wonderful stories here in this second volume and once more I would advise anyone, who hasn’t yet purchased one to do so.

I for one cannot wait until volume four arrives, although it will be a time tinged with a little sadness too, as the stories regarding these characters will the last that were worked on by Jack.

What an incredible and “must have” series of books though to have in a collection, especially for any students of comic book storytelling.

If you haven’t already go out and buy the series NOW!!!

Later this week I have a couple of other Blogs regarding the work of Jack Kirby. One on "Himon", and the other on "Toxl The World Killer".

Until next time have fun!

Tim Perkins…
December 3rd 2007


matthew_in_ham said...

Bugger! My plan was not to add to my unread pile of comic books this Xmas but these Kirby books do look very good. But where's Kamandi?!

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Matthew,

Yeah the Kirby books are well worth every penny.

DC have two volumes out of Kamandi in a format similar to Marvel's Masterworks books, called DC Archives.

Volumes 1 & 2 are avaiable from Forbidden Planet for £23.09 for Volume 1 and £22.10 for Volume two, and no I am not on commission.

I, myself, don't have copies of these two books as yet, but I am sure they will be excellent.

Reading Jack's Fourth World series in this format, in the order they were originally published as well, not as we got them, intermittently, as they were found over several years, is excellent.

They show Jack's wonderful storytelling, his ultra-creativity, and his understanding of human beings.

Anyhow, treat yourself and great to hear from you.

Best Wishes,