The Marvels #1
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The Marvels #1

Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist: Yildiray Cinar Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 28, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 15
8.2Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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Kurt Busiek (MARVELS, Astro City) is back, with the biggest, wildest, most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe, telling stories that span the decades and range from cosmic adventure to intense human drama, from the street-level to the cosmic, starring literally anyone from Marvel's very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow. This first issue includes an invasion from orbit, a picnic in Prospect Park, super hero sightseeing in Manhattan, the All-Winners Squad in 1947, Reed Richards during his time in military intelligence, cosmic beings beyond space and time- and that's only for starters. Featuri more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Apr 28, 2021

    The Marvels #1begins a massive adventure in the Marvel Universe, perfectly capturing the sense of adventure and humanity that fuels the Marvel Universe. If you are a fan of Marvel's characters, this is the comic for you. Busiek, Cinar, and Isanove have created something special here that looks to follow in the same footsteps as Marvels. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Logan Moore Apr 28, 2021

    It remains to be seen where The Marvels goes from here, but this opening issue has"at the very least"sold me on the idea Busiek and company are pitching. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 28, 2021

    Cinar delivers some beautiful imagery throughout the issue. From the first pages to the action beats, everything looks fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin May 3, 2021

    "The Marvels" is a damn good debut for the kind of comic everyone should be trying to make. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Apr 28, 2021

    The Marvels #1 kicks off a wide-ranging story that's not afraid (heck, forget "not afraid", it's positively proud) to dig into the most obscure corners of Marvel history. This issue's disparate scenes flourish thanks to strong art and confidence-inspiring writing that shows off all of Kurt Busiek's trademark strengths. Although the shape of the puzzle is obscure right now, the individual pieces are already intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Apr 28, 2021

    The Marvels #1 has sprawling and ambitious goals, seeking to touch on many different corners of the Marvel Universe throughout time. To do so, it deploys a sort of long-form, nuanced superhero comics storytelling that feels just a bit dated. Still, theres more enough in this issue to bring me back to see where it all goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Geek'd Out - Gregory Brothers Apr 28, 2021

    While I loved the original Marvels (1994) run, The Marvels #1 just doesnt hit at the same level for a couple of reasons. First, the lack of Alex Ross in interior art leaves a void that no artist would be able to fill. Second, I dislike the way the heroes are brought down off the pedestal that they are put on in Marvels. Some of that could be fixed as the story begins to unfold, but, for now, The Marvels #1fails to live up to its predecessor's high standards. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 26, 2021

    It's the world outside your window, but in such a way it's as if the reader was dropped into another reality where this was the status quo of the Marvel Universe. This first issue introduces a story that's exhilarating, but also foreign and a touch confusing. The Marvels #1 is as entertaining as you allow your suspension of disbelief to go, not quite knowing the boundaries at work here. For that reason, The Marvels is challenging. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 28, 2021

    The Marvels #1 is an ok start. There's nothing inherently bad about it but it also doesn't deliver the experience that's set up. This is a grand story but the issue feels like a series of short stories that don't connect in a cohesive way. The issues when they come together may be quite different when read together but this one is a bit of a snooze to start. It's a jumble of concepts that never comes together. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Sep 17, 2021

    I found this a little hard to get into but in the end it was okay.

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Apr 28, 2021

    Good start. I really like the idea of a series that doesn't have a focus on any character, but the universe as a whole. It's like a Game of Thrones type premise where we follow different characters and different stories. Very unique concept that I haven't seen since DC did 52.

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean May 3, 2021

    This was a good, solid issue. Lots of set up, but I have faith in Kurt Busiek to make this all worthwhile.

  • 7.5
    Merlyn Apr 28, 2021

    "Communism is the future - for us and the world" Busiek really lost it, he should tell that to the face of the people of Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia, see how that would go down. I get he feels the need to be hip with all the young people who stupidly believe in a system that has failed time and time again and has killed millions of people but he can do that another way. Other than that, the book has potential, but that stuff just threw me off. It sure was nice seeing the Punisher again after Marvel sidelined him for politically-correct reasons.

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  • 7.5
    mrDovydas May 3, 2021

    Pretty decent start. Very interesting concept and Im definitely in for the ride, though I really wonder how all of these stories will tie-in at some point. Hoping this book will actually be able to last for as long as needs to, as this has a great potential.

  • 7.5
    CrazyforRAMU Sep 7, 2021

    A grab-bag of interesting scenes across decades of Marvel continuity start to sketch out the first hints of an epic story. Sin-Cong and the supernatural feature strongly, and the whole thing feels timey-wimey. I trust Kurt Busiek (perhaps too much), I like the art, and I feel some of the scenes are terrific. The thread connecting them is currently invisible, though. This is a lot of sizzle and very little steak -- but I'm betting it will make a lot more sense in hindsight.

  • 6.0
    Cube Aug 17, 2021

    I understand the story building and have faith it will all come together. However, not sticking around for issues, need to wait for trades.

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    tcobandag May 8, 2021

  • 8.5
    Radar May 1, 2021

  • 8.5
    DoorMan May 7, 2021

  • 7.5
    tonpas1989 Apr 29, 2021

  • 7.5
    Bananaknight May 1, 2021

  • 7.5
    Comix4fever May 3, 2021

  • 7.5
    Boudi May 9, 2021

  • 4.5
    letskillrobots Jun 6, 2021

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