I’ve always told people that I’m a huge Marvel fan only because I love X-Men. Since I was a child, I’ve been reading X-Men comics and watching the cartoon. But as I grew up, I realized that I knew nothing about other Marvel superheroes except the ones mentioned in X-Men. This is why I started to look around on where to begin Marvel comics. Comics are a large world. You can’t possibly read every single comic out there. That’s why to enjoy it, you have to inform yourself and get a basic knowledge on where to start. I searched about some Marvel essentials and a lot of people recommended Marvels.
Marvels is a 5 comics special issues resuming the work of a journalist free-lance photographer and reporter in New York city. It is a very unique masterwork piece because it differs from every comic out there. The narration is from a journalist’s perspective, through the eyes of a normal citizen living in a superheroes and mutants world. You can relate to the narrator, putting yourself in a civilian’s shoe, imagining yourself encountering a mutant fight at the corner of the street or even how to react when you caught the Torch flying by.
I honestly believe that we need more comics like these where they question the realism of superheroes. If we see them in real life, will we see them as gods or monsters? Or will we get paranoid and obsessed with them like we do for celebrities?
I’d recommend this to anyone, newbies or not to comics, this serves as a great introduction to all the big events and heroes from Marvel universe. How I picture Marvels issues: quick shifts in the narrative form, collecting pictures and press releases, forming a file-report documentary and in the end, wrapping the whole tale up with a neat bow and give it to the audience. That’s how perfect the transitions seem to me. And Alex Ross, damn! His realistic artwork doesn’t disappoint at all. He included modern art references with a pinch of comics inside jokes. If you don’t like the story, the art itself is a standalone argument to pick up this miniseries. Every page seems like a big poster that you want to hang on the wall.
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Enjoy 🙂 ❤