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Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 3

Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 3

by Jack Kirby, Mike Royer

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Library Journal

After leaving Marvel Comics, where he cocreated the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and other famous characters, comics giant Kirby moved to DC in 1970 with a plan for a cosmic-scale epic. Through four different series-The New Gods, The Forever People, Mister Miracle, and Jimmy Olsen-Kirby explored the titanic struggle between the utopian world New Genesis and the dystopian Apokalips. Their main battleground is Earth, where Apokalips's tyrant Darkseid ransacks human minds for the Anti-Life Equation, which can negate all free will. This third of four full-color volumes chronologically presenting all of Kirby's Fourth World work contains several of the saga's highlights, including its linchpin, "The Pact," which tells the origins of New Genesis's tormented hero Orion and the super-escape artist Mister Miracle. Kirby's imagination is immensely fertile, with each story introducing vivid characters and expansive concepts. His best artwork here is astonishingly powerful and his larger-than-life storytelling achieves mythic resonance. Sadly, Kirby's saga was never completed as he had envisioned. But it's still a hugely entertaining and compelling landmark and remains essential for students of comics history, fans of epic fantasy (superheroic or otherwise), and anyone wishing to see a master at peak performance. Highly recommended for all collections.
—Steve Raiteri

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DC Comics
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6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jack "King" Kirby's comics career began in 1937 and continued for nearly six decades. With partner Joe Simon, Kirby first made his mark in comics in the 1940s by drawing and/or creating numerous features for DC Comics including Captain America, the Young Allies, the Kid Commandos, Sandman, the Newsboy Legion and Manhunter. As the most valued team in comics, Simon and Kirby went on to create titles and concepts including Fighting American, Boys' Ranch and the creation of the romance comics genre. In 1961, the first issue of Marvel's Fantastic Four cemented Kirby's reputation as comics' preeminent creator, and a slew of famous titles followed that elevated him to legendary status, including Incredible Hulk, Avengers and X-Men. Kirby returned to DC in 1971 with his classic "Fourth World Trilogy," which was followed by The Demon, Omac and Kamandi. Kirby continued working and innovating in comics until his death in 1994.

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