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You are thousands of years old. You have amazing powers. You have watched civilizations rise and fall. So why does no one remember any of this? Bestselling Author Neil Gaiman (Marvel: 1602, Anansi Boys, Sandman) is joined by superstar artist John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine) to present a tale that will change the Eternals and the Marvel Universe forever!

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Overview

You are thousands of years old. You have amazing powers. You have watched civilizations rise and fall. So why does no one remember any of this? Bestselling Author Neil Gaiman (Marvel: 1602, Anansi Boys, Sandman) is joined by superstar artist John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine) to present a tale that will change the Eternals and the Marvel Universe forever!

Collects Eternals #1-7.

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One of the coolest -- and most anticipated -- graphic novel–related projects to come along in years is bestselling author Neil Gaiman and veteran comic book artist John Romita Jr.'s ambitious reinterpretation of Jack Kirby's epic Eternals saga, which was launched in the mid-1970s by Marvel Comics and, after never really finding its niche in the convoluted Marvel universe, discontinued after 19 issues.

After experiencing bizarre dreams about giant gods, mechanical entities, and nightmarish monsters, sleep-deprived med student Mark Curry's life is turned upside down when he realizes that he is one of the Eternals, a group of immortal super-humans created by an alien race known as the Celestials. Soon, he and his Eternal counterparts find themselves locked in a winner-take-all battle against the Deviants, a race of Lovecraftian shapeshifters who worship the Dreaming Celestial, a giant armored being who, after a million-year slumber, is finally reawakening…

Fans of Gaiman's groundbreaking Sandman comic book series for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint will be blown away by this updated version of the Eternals saga. Gaiman's storytelling savvy combined with Romita's distinct and compelling artwork makes this omnibus collection of all seven Eternals comic books an absolute must-have for all those who call themselves comic book fans. Godlike powers and immortality are, regrettably, not included. Paul Goat Allen
KLIATT - George Galuschak
The Eternals were created by Jack Kirby in 1976. A short recap, in case you've forgotten: the Eternals are immortal beings forged from the genetic stuff of proto-humans by the Celestials, glittery godlike giants from outer space. The Celestials also made the Deviants, a race of genetic monstrosities. Soon Eternal and Deviant are at war; one hundred Eternals vs. one million Deviants. Since the Eternals are immortal and have god-like powers, it isn't as much of a mismatch as you'd think. Eventually the Celestials return to Earth and solve the Deviant overpopulation problem by eating most of them. They return to outer space; the Eternals remain. Fast-forward a half-million years: the Eternals have lost their memories. Most believe that they are transients (the Eternal word for humans) and are happily following various career paths—medical internist, party planner, wino, dictator of Vorozheika (a former Soviet republic). Enter Ike Harris, a.k.a. Ikaris, an Eternal whose memories are returning. Before he can alert his fellow Eternals, Ikaris is abducted by a pair of Deviants who utilize all of their race's vaunted craftiness trying to kill him. The Deviants worship the Dreaming Celestial, who sleeps beneath San Francisco; if they have their way, he will sleep no more. The Eternals is written by Neil Gaiman, author of the legendary Sandman series; the art is by John Romita Jr., a veteran of the superhero comic industry. The setting is the current-day Marvel Universe. Although the plot gets a bit confusing towards the end, this is still vintage Neil Gaiman and is thus recommended. The price tag is hefty; you may want to wait for the trade paperback. The Eternalscontains comic book violence and is recommended for graphic novel collections where superhero titles are popular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785121770
  • Publisher: Marvel
  • Publication date: 7/2/2008
  • Series: Eternals Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,268,895
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Gaiman
Novelist Neil Gaiman has sent a British businessman tumbling into a fantastic underworld and had a devil and angel comically conspiring to thwart the Apocalypse. He found his biggest success, though, in Death, Dreams and Destruction -- and the four other similarly named siblings who controlled the reins of the human race's emotional impulses in his graphic-novel series The Sandman, a wholesale rejuvenation of graphic fiction that had everyone from Tori Amos to Norman Mailer spinning with, yes, Delirium.

Biography

Neil Gaiman thought he wrote comic books. But a newspaper editor, of course, set him straight.

Back when he was riding the diabolical headwinds of his popular series of graphic novels, The Sandman, the author attended a party where he introduced himself as a comic-book writer to a newspaper's literary editor. But when the editor quickly realized who this actually was -- and the glaze melted from his eyes -- he offered Gaiman a correction tinged with astonishment: "My God, man, you don't write comics, you write graphic novels." Relating the story to theLos Angeles Times in 1995, Gaiman said, "I suddenly felt like someone who had been informed that she wasn't a hooker, that in fact she was a lady of the evening."

Gaiman's done much more, of course, than simply write graphic novels, having coauthored, with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, a comic novel about the Apocalypse; adapted into hardcover the BBC miniseries Neverwhere about the dark underworld beneath the streets of London; and, inspired by his young daughter, put a horrifying spin on C.S. Lewis' wardrobe doors for Coraline, a children's book about a passageway into a magical, yet malevolent, land.

But it is The Sandman that is Gaiman's magnum opus.

Though he had told a career counselor in high school that he wanted to pen comic books, he had a career as a freelance journalist before his first graphic novel, Violent Cases, was published in England in 1987. DC Comics discovered him and The Sandman was born. Or reborn, actually. The comic debuted back in 1939 with a regular-Joe crime fighter in the lead. But in Gaiman's hands the tale had a more otherworldly spin, slowing introducing readers to the seven siblings Endless: Dream, Death, Desire, Destiny, Destruction, Despair and Delirium (once Delight). They all have their roles in shaping the fates of man. In fact, when Death was imprisoned for decades, the results were devastating. Richard Nixon reached The White House and Michael Jackson the Billboard charts.

Direction from newspaper editors notwithstanding, to Gaiman, these stories are still comic books. The man who shuttled back and forth between comics and classics in his formative years and can pepper his writing with references to Norse mythology as well as the vaudevillian rock group Queen, never cottoned to such highbrow/lowbrow distinctions. Comparing notes on a yachting excursion with members of the Irish rock band U2, the writer who looks like a rock star and Delirium and the rock stars who gave themselves comic-worthy names such as Bono and The Edge came to a realization: Whether the medium is pop music or comic books, not being taken seriously can be a plus. "It's safer to be in the gutter," he told The Washington Post in 1995.

In 1995, Gaiman brought The Sandman to a close and began spending more time on his nongraphic fiction, including a couple of short-story collections. A few years later he released Stardust, an adult fairy tale that has young Tristan Thorn searching for a fallen star to woo the lovely but cold Victoria Forester. In 2001, he placed an ex-con named Shadow in the middle of a war between the ancient and modern dieties in American Gods. Coming in October 2002 is another departure: an audio recording of Two Plays for Voices, which stars Bebe Neuwirth as a wise queen doing battle with a bloodthirsty child and Brian Dennehy as the Angel of Vengeance investigating the first crime in history in heaven's City of Angels.

Gaiman need not worry about defining his artistic relevance, since so many other seem to do it for him. Stephen King, Roger Zelazny and Harlan Ellison are among those who have contributed introductions to his works. William Gibson, the man who coined the term "cyberspace," called him a "a writer of rare perception and endless imagination" as well as "an American treasure." (Even though he's, technically, a British treasure transplanted to the American Midwest.) Even Norman Mailer has weighed in: "Along with all else, Sandman is a comic strip for intellectuals, and I say it's about time."

The gushiest praise, however, may come from Frank McConnell, who barely contained himself in the pages of the political and artistic journal Commonweal. Saying Gaiman "may just be the most gifted and important storyteller in English," McConnell crowned Sandman as the most important act of fiction of the day. "And that, not just because of the brilliance and intricacy of its storytelling -- and I know few stories, outside the best of Joyce, Faulkner, and Pynchon, that are more intricate," he wrote in October 1995, " but also because it tells its wonderful and humanizing tale in a medium, comic books, still largely considered demimonde by the tenured zombies of the academic establishment."

"If Sandman is a 'comic,'" he concluded, "then The Magic Flute is a 'musical' and A Midsummer Night's Dream is a skit. Read the damn thing: it's important."

Good To Know

Some fascinating factoids from our interview with Gaiman:

"One of the most enjoyable bits of writing Sandman was getting authors whose work I love to write the introductions for the collected graphic novels -- people like Steve Erickson, Gene Wolfe, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Mikal Gilmore, and Samuel R. Delany."

"I have a big old Addams Family house, with -- in the summertime -- a vegetable garden, and I love growing exotic pumpkins. As a boy in England I used to dream about Ray Bradbury Hallowe'ens, and am thrilled that I get them these days. Unless I'm on the road signing people's books, of course."

"According to my daughters, my most irritating habit is asking for cups of tea."

"I love radio -- and love the availability of things like the Jack Benny radio shows in MP3 format. I'm addicted to BBC radio 7, and keep buying boxed CD sets of old UK radio programs, things like Round the Horne and Hancock's Half Hour. Every now and again I'll write a radio play."

"I love thunderstorms, old houses, and dreams."

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    1. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portchester, England
    1. Education:
      Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Great Story

    The Eternals is a well-written story about god-like beings who have recently remembered that they are gods. It's a good read and woth the money, especially if you are a fan of Neil Gaimon. A welcome break from from capes and spandex.

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