Wednesday, December 14, 2011

‘History’ in a nutshell

Forget that ordinary-looking cover; “History of the Marvel Universe” is actually a satisfying and informative read, summarizing decades’ worth of stories into a 48-page one-shot.

Uatu the Watcher narrates the main/616 reality’s superhero history, some momentous events accompanied by existing illustrations. It’s a nice compression that doesn’t go into the complicated and confusing origins of certain X-characters, their clans and their scheming arch-foes. It’s accessible enough for the new Marvel fan, but older readers will still enjoy the almost Marvel Saga-esque organization of shared histories.

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