Review: Marvels

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Marvels
by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross

★★★★½

1994 • 248 pages • Marvel

After my brother went off to college, his room, despite still having all of his stuff in it, was up for grabs. My dad seized upon it as an office without telling anyone or even taking the bed out, while I was finally able to rifle through my brother’s books to my heart’s content. (Madame McBride did not participate in this land grab.) Without my brother to kick me out or stop me from getting my grubby preteen paws on his lovingly curated collection of French comics (direct from the motherland!), I was unstoppable.

And that’s how I, at around the age of nine or ten, discovered the difference between Marvel and DC. I’d only been familiar with DC before, having watched Batman: The Animated Series and the odd episode of The Adventures of Lois and Clark, but I had only the vaguest idea that Spider-Man existed. In my brother’s library, there were two graphic novels from each company, alone among the Asterixes, Tintin, and Largo Winch. DC was represented by Kingdom Come, an epic and fairly dark Elseworlds end game story featuring roughly everyone in the DC universe. Ross was inspired to pitch Kingdom Come to DC because he was just coming off illustrating the only Marvel book in my brother’s collection—Marvels.

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Review: Trinity — Volume 1

Trinity: Volume 1 by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza

So I have this problem when people lend me books. As you may have gathered, I read a lot. (I’ve got twelve library books on my desk at the moment, which I should probably get to…) But I usually want to get to something fresh off my reading list before something someone’s lent me, and I also want to make sure I take good care of their book. This usually means I take months to get to it. My friend Ellen lent me Trinity: Volume 1 sometime last semester, and I just got around to it. Thankfully, her only request was “before I graduate”, so I think I’ve satisfied that…

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