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Review: Origins of Marvel Comics #1

A concise primer on Marvel for new readers.

The origin stories of every major Marvel character are recounted in page-long summaries.
 

The Good

Van Lente does a great job of distilling these characters' complex histories into concise recounts without it ever feeling like dull summary. Even though I'm well aware of everything covered in this issue, it was still a good refresher to see how all these characters can be defined thematically, both on their own and in contrast to eachother. Also, there's no shortage of amazing art from these twenty two or so contributors.

The Bad

If you've been reading Marvel's titles for more than a year (being generous), than this won't tell you anything you don't already know, thoroughly.

The Verdict - 4/5

This is a tricky book to evaluate since it isn't really a story. It's sort of like reviewing one of Marvel's Official Handbooks. If you're new to Marvel or have friends whom you'd like to give a concise primer on Marvel, too, then I highly recommend this book. It executes its educational purpose exceptionally well. But if you're an established reader, this will be covering well-tread territory for you. 
8 Comments
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I guess this book is not for me. From your review I probably will not pick it up.

Posted by Icon

Even as a long time fan I think I'd like to have this. I like these sort of things. 

Posted by crazywolf

I usually get handbooks and indexes like this but this book probably covers the same type of info. I'd get it if I didn't have so many handbooks and was not short on cash.

Posted by dvorak

Man DC and Marvel are really mirroring each other right now.

Posted by InnerVenom123

I like these kinda things, keeps me fresh on the characters.

Posted by Rob.H

 I picked this up today and really enjoyed it.  I'd have picked it up for the art work alone.

Posted by VickyVons

i'm going to get this today just for the sake of having it

Posted by conformist21

only 2 in the cover haven't been portrayed in a movie,
let's hope they do sometime soon