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Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus 1

Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus 1

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Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus 1

by Kirby, Jack/ Kirby, Jack (ILT)/ Colletta, Vince (ILT)
A Pop Theology for the age of Superheroes!

Jack Kirby, co-creator of The Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Inhumans, shocked the industry in the mid-1970s when he departed Marvel comics for their competition, DC Comics. But the industry had no idea what was in store. Writing and drawing across four new books (Mister Miracle, Jimmy Olsen, The Forever People, and The New Gods), Kirby launched his most audacious project: The Fourth World! Now, published across four Omnibus editions, in reading order, comes the complete Jack Kirby experience as never before collected. "The Fourth World" is a mythological masterpiece of Superhero Gods, Monsters, and the innocent people of Earth caught in between. Meet the warrior Orion, the devious Darkseid, the mercurial Metron for the first time. Boom Tubes, Granny Goodness, Motherbox - concepts that have since played a pivotal role in the contemporary DC Comics landscape, all appear here for the first time. My personal favorite is Darkseid, a villain bent on mastering the "Anti-Life" equation, which will allow him to control all living beings. Part Hitler, part Satan, his dialog is written in epic declarations at all time. It's goofy, beautiful, pure comics. Reading "Fourth World" is a glimpse into what makes Kirby's creations, both Marvel and DC, so appealing and long-lived. The series reads like a travelogue through 1970s pop-culture, through the mind of a man who helped define it.

 
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After co-creating comic book heroes including The Fantastic Four and The Hulk, legendary writer/artist Jack Kirby came to DC Comics in 1970 to write and illustrate four interlocking series known collectively as The Fourth World. Now, for the first time, DC collects these four series -- The New Gods, The Forever People, Mister Miracle and Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen -- in chronological order as they originally appeared. These comics spanned galaxies, from the streets of Metropolis to the far-flung worlds of New Genesis and Apokolips, as cosmic-powered heroes and villains struggled for supremacy. Volume 1 features the debuts of Orion of the New Gods, the evil Darkseid, super-escape artist Mister Miracle and many others. It also features numerous appearances by Superman.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
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    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sold by: HPB Decatur
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dc Comics
  • ISBN-13: 9781401213442
  • ISBN: 1401213448
  • Publication Year: 2007


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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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