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#729827 in Books Marvel Comics 2008-09-24Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 10.25 x .38 x 6.75l, .63 #File Name: 0785134425184 pagesFirst Appearance Ajak and the CelestialsClassic Marvel Super Hero ComicPublished 1976Beautiful NM- Condition | File size: 19.Mb Jack Kirby : The Eternals, Book 2 before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Eternals, Book 2: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Worth The Read In Spite Of Greed And Imagination held hostage.By thirdtwinKirby wraps up his run on this series here- the original run has been collected over two volumes
as it kills companies to pull all the issues of one title in color under a single cover; for em- financial reasons. Even though it would be more convenient for readers especially with titles that went for a more brief period of time. So this book only covers the last half- if you like Kirby's work and want all of this title you'll have to search out book one also- or single issues in second hand bins. The story is worth reading but the publishing companies could make it easier and collect all the shorter titles in one book- instead of spreading it out to suck the most possible $ out of peoples nostalgia- considering the books are reprints anyway- so they're making money on top of money for things they already profited on when it was originally published- they could sell more and make it easier on reader if they didn't (as in this case) spread short storylines into multi volumes. It's classic Kirby- and people shouldn't have to struggle to find it- and like many titles it's so short it could have been collected in a single volume; not split just to charge people more when profit was already made during the first publication they could at least make it easier for readers to get the full story at once with titles that have few issues. But it's worth a read if you're a Kirby fan and can tolerate the inflated cost of it on the secondary market- you shouldn't have to go through that; but in some cases it's worth it if it's your only option. As to the work itself- Kirby is a touchstone for many interested in graphic art both for his stories and drawing.15 of 17 people found the following review helpful. Kirby's last hurrah at Marvel Comics.By Sean CurleyJack Kirby was one of the leading lights of comics in the 1960s; along with co-creator Stan Lee (just how much each had is a matter of debate; Lee, a huge media personality and Marvel's public face, dominates the popular imagination, while the more vicious Kirby partisans envision him as a malevolent corporate fat-cat fiendishly taking all the credit while doing no work), he created the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men, Thor, and many other important characters. Following his departure from Marvel in 1970, he spent a few years at DC, supplying them with an oddball assortment of creations such as Kamandi, Etrigan the Demon, O.M.A.C, and, most importantly, the Fourth World. The Fourth World was an expansive four-title saga chronicling a race of cosmic gods. Kirby never got to finish it, as it was cancelled out from under him. Returning to Marvel in the mid-70s, he clearly wasn't done with the concept, and thus "The Eternals" came to be.While the Fourth World was at least nominally in DC continuity (though mostly divorced from their line proper), "The Eternals" was meant to be its own world, where no superhumans could be found. Kirby posits that all life on Earth was created by the experiments of the Celestials, massive cosmic beings referred to be all as the "space gods" (and, unlike the usual Kirby "gods as superheroes" motif, the Celestials actually project a sense of unmatched power suitable to gods). The Celestials brought forth three races: the Deviants, genetically-unstable creatures who dwell beneath the surface after the Celestials destroyed their first civilization; humans, the middle of the three, inhabiting the surface; and the Eternals, a race of immortals who live on the mountaintops and roam the skies (and live among us). Humanity knows nothing of their brother species, apart from old legends (most of the main characters have been mistaken for at least one mythological figure), until the return of the Celestial Fourth Host at the beginning of this series for the judgement of the Earth prompts both the Eternals and the Deviants to appear in the open.Comparing this to the Fourth World property, the use of only a single title allows for a much more wholistic feel. The focus switches fromc character to character, but there is a solid driving narrative. And Kirby offers up a wide range of chracters in these first eleven issues. The story opens with Ikaris (Icarus, alias Ike Harris), the closest thing that there is to a main character in this book, and also one of the less compelling Eternals, as well as the two token human viewpoint characters, Professor Damian and his daughter Margo (the latter is not one of the stronger female characters around, even by the standards of the era; she oscillates between doing whatever her dad says to doing whatever Ikaris says, and the one occasion when she disagrees with both of them the two agree to overrule her own opinion). More interesting are Sersi (Circe/Kirke), Thena (Athena), and Deviant General Kro (who bears a passing resemblance to the Devil). Sersi (by far the most successful of the Eternals characters when later integrated into the Marvel Universe proper, including a few stints on the Avengers) is a fun, free-spirited enchantress with as much of a sex drive as the Comics Code would permit in the 70s. Thena and Kro, meanwhile, enact a crossspecies flirtation, with amusingly stilted dialogue ("Let the space gods empty this world -- and leave but you and I!").Recommended for fans of Kirby and the best of Marvel in the 1970s.0 of 1 people found the following review helpful. TRULY, A COSMIC SPECTACLE !!!.By Ian MoodieTHIS wonderous set proves that JACK KIRBY is indeed "KING"!!!.THE IMAGINATION of this man is truly beyond all measure !!!.THE CONCEPT: so indescribably incomparable !!!.THE ART: so incredibly visually stimulating !!!.THE STORY: so unbelievably forceful !!!.HERE,JACK all by himself introduces to the MARVEL UNIVERSE, THE ALMIGHTY CELESTIALS!!!, of staggering size (averaging 2000 feet) and untold cosmic power (which might rival that of GALACTUS himself)!!!, THE GOD-LIKE ETERNALS !!!,of much variety and awsome powers and last but not the least, THE GENITICALLY UNSTABLE and MISHAPPEN DEVIANTS !!! of war and misery !!.ALL in a real solid story in which us HUMANS are caught right smack in the middle!!. THIS is classic MARVEL at it's very best!!. VERY highly recomended !!.A real collectors item !!.The AWESOME MAGNIFICIENCE continues in volume 2 !!!.ALONG with STAN "THE MAN" LEE, JACK "KING" KIRBY is a true visionary, nuff said !!!. A time of titans, terror, and time travel - as only the King could conceive! Imagine a race of immortal beings possessed of seemingly limitless superhuman abilities including energy projection, strength, and flight. Once
worshipped as gods, this fantastic group left Earth to explore the stars after warring with the Greek, Roman, and Norse pantheons for supremacy over mankind. In 1976, Jack Kirby introduced what was to be his final great Marvel Comics creation: the Eternals! With nearly four decades of experience creating iconic characters, Kirby stretched his imagination to the limit for his last tale. Looking beyond the familiar ground of super heroes, Kirby crafted a cosmic epic that took comic-book fans on a spectacular adventure every month. Since Kirby's groundbreaking work, the Eternals and their malevolent counterparts, the Deviants, have become vital parts of the Marvel Universe. Awardingwinning creators such as Neil Gaiman have revisited the concept, finding new levels of meaning in Kirby's visionary work. Now, for the first time, Marvel proudly presents the entire Eternals series collected in two softcover volumes further proof that Jack Kirby was truly the King. Collecting Eternals #12-19 and Annual #1.