History of the Marvel Universe #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Javier Rodriguez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 24, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 26
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

ALL-NEW STORY BY LEGENDARY CREATOR MARK WAID! Everything you ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe - in one lavishly illustrated series! From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE chronicles completely, for the first time, everything that was, is or will be! Lushly illustrated text tells the complete story of the Marvel Universe, revealing previously unknown secrets and serving as the ultimate reference book for Marvel fans! Witness the greatest tale ever told - and be prepared for some shocking revelations!
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  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Jul 26, 2019

    Mark Waid did an extremely impressive job of researching the material, laying it out and then fitting so much into a single issue without grinding the pace down to a crawl. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 28, 2019

    This may be a bit much for a casual fan - sort of like drinking from a fire hose - but to those who like to know how it all ticks, this is highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Jul 24, 2019

    Pick this issue up and add this series to your pull list to get the answers youve been craving since you started reading Marvel Comics in the first place. Additionally, watch as this art team gets to let loose on every imaginable moment with wonderfully beautiful depictions of truly marvelous events. Readers will leave feeling that this issue was well worth the price and excited for the next one. Guys, don't we all want to know where we came from and why? Well, Waid gets to tell us the Marvel version and he does so with impeccable taste. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geek'd Out - Jonathan Boes Jul 29, 2019

    But overall, this unique and wildly ambitious book deserves a read. The completed series promises to make a great companion on any Marvel comics shelf. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Jul 23, 2019

    A fun trip through the Marvel Universe timeline as told by Galactus himself. You will see classic moments in a new way and see how all the characters connect within the continuity of the House of Ideas. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Jul 25, 2019

    The first issue here is a perfect, all-knowing, all-encompassing, all-awesome look at Marvel's wild and wonderful history.. Bravo Mark Waid and Javier Rodrguez, who cover everything in dynamic detail. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jul 25, 2019

    Though rushed in its ultimate execution,History of the Marvel Universe #1 is a gorgeous-looking book that might be more for the consumption of the masses than hardcore, longtime fans. That said, it's still worth checking out, if for no other reason than to tip the hat at Mark Waid's meticulous research and the magnificent art that accompanies it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Joe Grunenwald Jul 24, 2019

    The History of the Marvel Universe #1 is the complete package. Waid accomplishes the gargantuan feat of coherently integrating 80 years of continuity, and establishes an emotional core to what might otherwise have been a bland recounting of events. He also smartly stays out of the way and lets the work of Rodrguez and Lpez shine through as the star of the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Alex Marks Jul 31, 2019

    Despite being fairly overwhelming, History Of The Marvel Universe #1 is a fun read that sheds more light on the beginnings of the Marvel Universe. Mark Waid's carefully crafted story is full of love and care for the universe and Javier Rodriguez's art is gorgeous enough to make Jack Kirby blush. If you're very interested in this comic, pick it up now. Though, I think waiting for the trade is best, as the flow of the story possibly means abrupt endings like the one in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jul 24, 2019

    The issue ends with huge blocks of text appending Galactus story in a cramped, little cluster of pages. Giving specific citations of where many of the story elements had originated. While giving a greater sense of appreciation in the depth of whats being delivered. Arguably, the last time Marvel tried anything this comprehensive, it was The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe conceived by Jim Shooter and edited by Mark Gruenwald. That work gave more of a sweeping sense of the infinity of Marvels stories by grounding them in something that felt much more organized. The scope of this series is impressive, but it lacks the sense of the infinite that comes from a more rigidly-organized volume. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jul 23, 2019

    THE HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 is hard to judge as a singular narrative. It's primarily a survey course examining the entire history of the Marvel cosmology from the viewpoint of that universe's final moments. It's not a super-compelling read, but I highly recommend it for Marvel fans of any stripe for reference and research purposes. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Jul 25, 2019

    Marvels history is truly a marvel to behold...its just a lot at once. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jul 24, 2019

    No matter how beautiful The History of the Marvel Universe might be in its presentation, it's ultimately no better than the most tedious of college lecture halls. Read Full Review

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