Review: Marvels Epilogue

Marvels Epilogue

Commemorating 25 years since Marvels, Marvels Epilogue is a brand new addition by writer Kurt Busiek and artist Alex Ross‘ groundbreaking work. The two teamed together to create Marvels, a beautiful look at the history of the Marvel universe. Now, in a brand-new 16-page story, they return one last time to the 1970s and the X-Men.

Reporter Phil Sheldon has retired. The story features a holiday trip with his daughters to Manhattan to see Christmas lights. He once again has a close-up perspective on the new world, this time the mutant experience. Through his view, we get to witness the X-Men’s battle with Sentinels and eventually another hero’s debut.

Busiek and Ross again deliver wonder and amazement. Through the story and artwork, though short, they pack in a lot of history. The comic is a pure celebration of that Marvel history. While the story is too short (more please!) it has so much packed in the back it’s well worth it for Marvels fans.

Ross’ art is the usual amazing with a style unlike anything else on the shelf. Just absolutely breathtaking, the reader has a perspective like Sheldon in wonder and beauty.

Marvels Epilogue features interviews and some of what inspired this brand new story. It peels back the curtains on a series that was defining and spun out so many imitators. The information given is amazing for those who enjoy the process and history of making comics and one day I hope for that the recent “annotated” comics and this are packaged in one “ultimate” edition.

The worst part of the Marvels Epilogue is that it left me wanting more. The story, while entertaining is too short. The reader gets a treat and teased by a fleeting moment of excellence. Thankfully we can return to it as many times as we want to enjoy over and over. This was a defining series and this epilogue, while a long time coming, reminds us why.

Story: Kurt Busiek Art: Alex Ross
Lettering: John Roshell & Richard Starkings of Comicraft
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review