History of the Marvel Universe #2

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Javier Rodriguez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 21, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 18
6.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

From the dawn of the 20th century to the first meeting of Mr. Fantastic and Doctor Doom, learn the secrets of Marvel's history! Who was John Steele? Which Western gunslinger helped inspire the first Heroic Age? All this and more - revealed!
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  • 9.0
    Comic Book Legion - Josh Davenport Aug 21, 2019

    a must read for fans of Marvel Comics, old and new. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Aug 21, 2019

    Waid intentionally places each character deliberately throughout the comic like a chess match in which hes the only one capable of knowing the outcome. Each piece blends so well with the other and every move is planned out in advance showing readers the time and involvement in order to orchestrate this amazing task at hand placing readers in checkmate. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chrys Terlizzi Aug 21, 2019

    While a bit dry at times, one cant help but marvel at the herculean effort that goes into researching, cataloguing, and telling the story of the Marvel Universe as a cohesive whole. There is so much information conveyed in this book and its done so in such an efficient way. While most comics can be breezed through in 10-15 minutes, this book really gives you bang for your buck, leaving you with a ton of information to dissect and digest. If nothing else, it gives you plenty of fodder you can use to show off your Marvel knowledge – all in a beautifully illustrated package. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Alex Marks Aug 24, 2019

    History of the Marvel Universe #2 brings us to the Golden age and does it in a remarkable and exciting way. Mark Waid's writing keeps you interested, while Javier Rodriguez's art demands all of your attention, and rightfully so. Despite some questionable debuts for some characters throughout this issue, it's enjoyable.If you didn't read the first issue, it's important that you do so. Or wait until the trade is released, as the story would definitely read better all at once. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Aug 26, 2019

    Ultimately,The History of the Marvel Universe reads exactly like what it's intended to be: an historical document. In that way, it's a bit dry, stuffy, almost academic in nature. It's very well-done for what it is, but doesn't exactly make for a compelling narrative. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Aug 21, 2019

    Its all a jumble...but then: thats the Marvel Universe. There had been noble intentions to keep it all together in a single world shared by characters, writers, artists, and editors. Far too many people were involved to make it all coherent, however. Waid and company continue to soldier on in an attempt to condense it all, but without a strong unifying narrative force, it feels like a largely disinteresting outline of events. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 23, 2019

    One can appreciate the lesser-known details of continuity it ropes in along the way, like a reference to the Gibborim that features on the same page as one related to Peter Parker and the establishing of S.H.I.E.L.D, but it never seems in service of a deeper point than noting that one event happened after another. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Aug 21, 2019

    No matter how beautiful this comic might be, it remains an indecipherable mess at its core, one without a clear purpose or audience. Read Full Review

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