newuniversal: 1959 #1

newuniversal: 1959 #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Greg Scott Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 30, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 3, 2008

    Gillen sets up some clear parallels between the characters in this flashback book and the superhumans in the main title, but one needn't have read the previous newuniversal comics in order to appreciate this dark story. What's really fascinating is that there are no heroes in this tale, only villains. Nevertheless, it's easy to see the NSA agents view in the story. There's a logical reason for their actions, especially when one considers the strong Darwinian viewpoint that the central character holds. Even so, there's no overcoming the fact that the story ultimately brings the main protagonist in conflict with pure innocence. Gillen offers a riveting script built on a foundation of an ages-old ethical debate. This was easily the best comic book I read this past week, and it's got me excited about Marvel's other newuniversal titles again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Aug 4, 2008

    If the book fails on any level, it's that much of the significance is going to be lost on anyone who isn't a fan of "newuniversal" already. The presentation of events in a non-chronological manner don't hide a fairly thin plot, and the book's main feature appears to be to flesh out the history of this world. Even so, it's never anything less than a decent read, and offers proof were any needed, that Gillen's much more than just "that Britpop writer." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Jul 29, 2008

    Finally, the story ends with the revelation of the existence of a character who would now be in his mid to late 40s in Ellis's story. I have no idea who this character is in Ellis's story, and I have not yet gone through the issues to try to figure it out. However, it has made me want to look through the earlier issues, and that's a good conclusion to this one-shot. Read Full Review

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