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Ruins (Ruins #1-2)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  112 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Marvel's favorite pessimist looks through his darkest glass yet into a world where 'marvel' is just another word for 'horror.' Nuclear warfare, internment camps, government oppression, drug addiction, degradation, suicide...and those are just the ones we have words for. Have the men and women we know as heroes made the situation better or worse? Here's a hint: In the Ruins ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published by Marvel Comics (first published 1995)
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An awesome interpretation of the bright, shiny happy world of superheroes and how it would react with reality... the dark, deranged cousin of Miracleman, this is not for the faint of heart and for those who love their icons too much. Read it prepared to receive a rude reality slap in the face.
It's kind of like watching a massive, elaborate, beautiful sandcastle get washed away by the sea - beauty in destruction.
Knigel Holmes
I really wish this comic were longer. It was great and has so much potential.
A really poorly executed look at what the Marvel universe would look like if 'everything went wrong'. We follow a photographer who goes around interviewing superheros and affiliates. This is Ellis's pestimistic alternative world version of Busiek's Marvels which came out the previous year; even the art is a muddy, awful parody of Alex Ross's.

We see how heroes went wrong. For example Hulk, instead of turning into the beast we know him as, has his limbs explode and is incredible pain but still ali
Ondra Král
Nápad otočit Zázraky o 180 stupňů je fajn, ale provedení příliš nezaujalo. Celé je to jen přehlídka všech výrazných hrdinů v co situacích, kdy jsou buď mrtví nebo zmrzačení (u hrdinů je to většinou originem, u mutantů špatně fungujícíma schopnosti). Až mě to někdy přišlo jako výsledek nějaké debaty v hospodě "Jak by hrdina X mohl dopadnout co nejhůr." Novinář tu pak jen funguje pojítko mezi všemi hrdiny.
Kresba je hnusná.
Joseph Azzurro
Breve, ma veramente intenso. Un viaggio nel disagio, nella desolazione e nella morte. Disilluso, catastrofico e drammatico, Ruins è un "anti-Marvels". Laddove Busiek e Ross ci mostravano un mondo pieno di speranza, come dei bambini eccitati la notte prima di Natale, Ellis, Nielsen e Moeller devastano il lettore, catapultandolo in una realtà dove tutto è andato male, dove non è la speranza a farla da padrona, quanto la legge di Murphy. Le tavole, cupe e pregne di disagio, sono ottime, sporche e a ...more
How did this even get made? The whole thing is a fuck you to Marvels, and to superhero fiction in its entirety. Which is totally fine and not all that unique, I'm just shocked that Marvel actually got behind it.

But then I think that maybe I got it wrong. It's a "What If?" of Busiek's work, and maybe that's why I didn't care for it; I've never been a fan of the "What If?" books. Even ones as audacious as this one. I wonder what Busiek thought of it.
Strange, alternative, post-apocalyptic tale of a superhero world where everything has gone to hell...
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Has written comics & graphic novels, books, journalism, animation, tv, film, videogames and anything else that looks like it might pay a bill or buy whisky.

Second novel, GUN MACHINE, due from Mulholland Books in autumn of 2012.

First non-fiction book due from FSG in 2014.

Currently a weekly columnist for VICE UK.


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