Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1
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Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1 (Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus 1)

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At last, the first title in the acclaimed FOURTH WORLD series is in trade paperback!DC collects Kirby’s four classic series of the 1970s — THE NEW GODS, THE FOREVER PEOPLE, MISTER MIRACLE and SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN — in chronological order as they originally appeared. These comics spanned galaxies, from the streets of Metropolis to the far-flung worlds of New Genesis...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by DC Comics (first published May 2nd 2007)
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Elijah Kinch Spector
I am going to have to seriously marshal my thoughts before I can really review this well, because, frankly, it's a mad intense mindfuck of wonderment. That one of the most grand, ridiculous, beautiful, and heroic sagas of modern mythology would start in an issue of "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen" is mind-blowing in and of itself. Mere consciousness reels at what is contained within these pages, and it's only the beginning. Real review to come soon.
This was my first attempt to read Kirby's "Fourth World" stories straight through. Everything I had read about it turned out to be true. It's packed with ideas (too many, really), his art and layouts are wonderful, and his dialogue is awful. Of the four series collected, the New Gods issues are the strongest (mostly because of the time spent on Darkseid and the other villains). The Mr. Miracle issues are the most accessible (it almost starts out as a typical superhero series). The Forever People...more
Jack Kirby is insane. I realized that the first time I saw Jimmy Olsen flying in a space car with the New Newsboy Legion in a pencilled/photograph collage in which they went into a previous unknown realm. The second thing brought to my attention through this first volume is that I like insane Kirby. I enjoy an Incredible Jimmy Hulk, hippy superkids, harbingers of death that sky ski, etc. Jack Kirby's DC creations are sometimes painfully cliche and made me cringe with some of the dialogue, but it...more
Josh Lemley
I’m not quite sure when I first noticed the existence of the New Gods, it might have been the "DC Superpowers" figure of Darkseid that first captured my heart and started many battles between my friend and I on how to pronounce his name "Dark-Side" or "Dark-seed". I was on the losing side on that battle in the end I became a convert to how it is correctly pronounced. Either way im an easy sell on most things if the main man from Apokolips is hanging around so this wasn’t a stretch for me to get...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Essential and mind-blowing. Kirby writes and draws like a man possessed, like an outsider artist weaving a mad mythos of his own, only with real storytelling chops. This first volume collecting Kirby's DC work introduces so many new entities - the New Gods, the Forever People, Mister Miracle, to say nothing of their dread nemesis, Darkseid and his henchmen, that its hard to keep track of what is going on at times. But it's all glorious, madly inventive epic comic book storytelling, so sit back a...more
Russ Otto
Jack Kirby was easily the most influential figure in American superhero comics. He co-created the majority of the Marvel Universe during the Silver Age. Unhappy with his arrangements at Marvel, Kirby defected to DC in 1970. His first project at the "Distinguished Competition" Was an ambitious project called The Fourth World

Jack Kirby's mind was bursting at the seams, his imagination in overdrive. This volume sets up the stakes. A new god of evil, Darkseid, is in search of the Anti-Life Equation,...more
Andrew Anony
Aug 12, 2014 Andrew Anony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: BC
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I follow a Jack Kirby fan group on Facebook. They claim Jack Kirby is the greatest comicbook creator ever. Not only that, but he transcends comics and stands among the world's greatest artists and myth-makers.

This and some of his Fantastic Four work are what the group members point to when asked for justification.

I can clearly see that he took the super-hero world by storm in the early 60s with Marvel. He's created many of the characters that would go on to be super popular, but looking at his w...more
Allen Christian
Jack Kirby's Fourth World material is transcendent. Part of me hates that I didn't get around to it until my mid-20s. The other part of me fully realizes that had I come to this any earlier, I wouldn't have gotten it. I'm still making my way through the rest of the stuff, but Volume 1 was enough to turn me on my head. I could write a thesis on why these books are so good, and why it's one of the most important pieces of pop art ever made, but I'll just state that it's a masterpiece and everyone...more
This is a book about Jack Kirby's (mostly) freedom to make really strange and bold choices with DC's ultra-profitable and ultra-conventional line. Some of it is really captivating and some of it is really bewildering. I wonder what Kirby actually intended thematically, if at all. It's clear that he feels a kinship with the "hippies" and counterculture of the time. He also seems to trust a lot of authority. There is a laboratory set up that clones many of the protagonists in secret (including as...more
Zack! Empire
There are some books, like Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns, that I feel a bit nervous to write about because the scale of them is so huge, I'm not sure I can get it all down. That's the way I feel with this book, and it's only the beginning of it! Hopefully I'll be able to give such a monumental achievement it's proper due.
A tiny bit of back story about this book is that Kirby had left Marvel for DC, because he was feeling underappreciated and underpaid. He'd had an offer to go to DC before, bu...more
Richard Guion
I originally read most of these comics when they were published in 1970-71. DC Comics had ads proclaiming "The King is Coming!" While I knew Jack Kirby from Fantastic Four & Thor reprints, I had no idea what the impact would be. Immediately upon reading Jimmy Olsen I was overwhelmed with the King's imagination: The Whiz Wagon, the new Newsboy Legion, the Hairies, the Wild Area, the Mountain of Judgment and a giant clone of Jimmy Olsen infused with Green Kryptonite! This collection not only r...more
Christopher Rush
Wowzers. It takes Kirby a little while to get going, until we realize it is all part of the plan and remember Kirby is the King for good reasons. Mark Evanier gives us some interesting insight into "the plan," though, in the afterward: Kirby was planning on giving these new series away shortly after getting them started, ever desiring to create anew. That doesn't initially sound like a great plan for a new universe with a structured major story arc, but Kirby had a way of making things work, eve...more
Looking at this collection, I can't help but be amazed at the raw talent of Jack Kirby. Here we see him starting three new monthly comic titles from scratch, producing scripts and art for all of them, while taking over the writing and art for one of DC's poorest performing titles, "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen," and coming with some of the most creative comic stories of their day.

Not all the stories collected here are great, and a lot of the dialogue is pretty corny by modern standards. But Kirby'...more
Jack Gattanella
I've read scattered issues of Jack "The King" Kirby in the past, some Avengers, Fantastic Four, maybe a Weird Tales , and while I enjoyed what I saw it didn strike me as being whole heartedly genius or miraculous. So, I keep going to see in a comic book shop a whole section of Jack Kirby books specifically his work after he left Marvel with DC, including the Demon, and this, the Fourth World. I also thought, hey, it comes with a glowing introduction from Grant Morrison, who called it "the new ps...more
Reprints Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133-139, The Forever People #1-3, New Gods #1-3, and Mr. Miracle #1-3. Jack Kirby's Fourth World comes to Earth and Darkseid's war against the New Gods of New Genesis begins. I have never been a huge Kirby fan (at least his writing), but I understand their importance and influence. The story of Fourth World was a series that spread over different titles (something unheard of at that time) and the mythology of Fourth World is more interesting than the stories....more
Gah. What to say about this. It is a gorgeous volume- DC did a fantastic job of reprinting the comics. They look like you wish 70s comics had actually looked. As a result, Kirby's art is even more wild and wonderful on the page, with one and two-page splashes that readers can get lost inside. And once in a while, you get a pop art collage of our heroes over black and white photographs that just stops you dead. It's all just so much fun to look at.

But the story. Oh, the story. I think Kirby's vis...more
Is it a masterpiece? Yes, but a flawed one. I want to be clear that the art is five-star and some of the best in comics of all time. The concepts here are as imaginative as they come and intriguing with more than a little social commentary. The downfall is in the scripting and plotting which are so cripplingly silver-aged to the point that it's almost hard to read, and will undoubtedly turn off many readers used to the modern style. Characters always explain, out loud what they're doing as they...more
In a word: wild. Before undertaking Kirby's Fourth World, readers should know a little about Kirby, his years at Marvel before he left and went to DC, the times themselves (early 1970s), and the concept of crossover comics at that time. No worries: all of that is spelled out in the introduction by Grant Morrison (which you really should read). Without an understanding of those topics, the Fourth World comes across as one big mess.

Which it is.

But it's a glorious mess. Kirby is (and I suspect alwa...more
Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus: Volume 1 collects "Jimmy Olsen" #133-139, "The Forever People" #1-3, "The New Gods" #1-3, and "Mister Miracle" #1-3. This is the beginning of Kirby's doomed Fourth World epic - the story of the struggle between the good New Gods and the evil New Gods. (All the Old Gods have killed each other.) These books were all originally published in 1970-71, just as the silver age of comics was ending, and in the heyday of the idea that "comics are for kids".

Much of the st...more
Jack Kirby is a genius pure and simple. Reading these omnibuses you can see how Kirby was one of the preeminent masters of comic medium. Working with some of the greatest names in the industry, Stan Lee and Joe Simon to name a few, the Fourth World written and drawn by him prove that he is at the top of the list. His artwork defined the greatest titles of the Silver Age, but for the most part his writing credits were muddled with those he drew for. Helping create the Fantastic Four, Thor, Captai...more
The art is certainly wonderful, and I can't imagine a more stately treatment for a comic than this current edition. The *physical* act of reading the Fourth World Omnibus was pleasant, but the mental act was a little tedious.

While reviews that praise Kirby's overflowing imagination are certainly on-target, they don't deal with the fact that it's the overflowing of an imagination targeted squarely at 12-year-old boys.

I very nearly enjoyed reading this edition, and will probably read the second,...more
Brian Penick
For a series that started over 40 years ago it is still relevant and absolutely gorgeous. I'm glad Marvel screwed you over Jack because you gave us a wonderful legacy at DC. There will never be another one like you.
Keith Davis
The editors at DC Comics made an odd choice by mixing the four Fourth World titles together in these four volumes rather than publishing one volume each of New Gods, Mister Miracle, Forever People, and Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen. They probably assumed Jimmy Olsen would not sell half as well on its on as it would included with New Gods, and they were correct. Only a Jack Kirby completest would seek out his Jimmy Olsen work, although some of it is quite good. The Jimmy Olsen material is not typica...more
Young Han Lester
Jack Kirby's 4th World Saga is an under-publicized classic- a groovy mishmash of Superheroism, Space God mythology and counter-cultural experimentation. The series is colorful and weighty, smartly composed but almost completely without restraint. There's no dry coolness to be found here- reading Fourth World is like receiving a wet, open-mouth kiss on the lips from a Roman god wielding a raygun. Though some moments verge on the truly bizarre, there's something incredible to be said about a serie...more
So much drug induced nonsense... so little time.

O.K. So I'm finally done with this. And I will be reading the second volume. Obviously Kirby's design, and panel layouts are beyond compare. Even after twenty some years of comics he was still the great innovator. But many of these characters come off as flat... that is to say without memorable personalities (save for villains like Darksaid, and Granny Goodness). His embrace of the counter culture and his rage at an increasingly comatose public ar...more
While Fourth World was full of inventive science-fictional ideas, the writing was underwhelming, even annoying in places. The overabundance of 60s/70s slang, the character's penchant for stating their actions as they took place in the panels, and irritatingly one-note Newsboy Legion all detracted from the wild, universe-spanning epic that was taking place.

While I do appreciate the unbridled creativity that Kirby stuffed into this series, I don't think I can justify slogging through three more vo...more
OK, sorry Jack Kirby. I love you, but this is beyond garbage. There are some great Darkseid storylines out there, none of them are in this. Some of that classic Kirby art is in this, but it just can't make up for his complete inability to tell a story. Yeesh.
The Miracle Man
Jack "King" Kirby was an great artist. He had a very creative mind. People are still talking about his work today.
FINALLY in color, Jack Kirby's classic Fourth World stories are available. A direct influence on "Star Wars" as well as most comics that came after it, this is like finally having "Ulysses" in print for the comic book world. Unfortunately, D.C. decided to go with "newsprint"-quality pages instead of a more archival format, in spite of the $50 a pop cover price. While reading these stories in that manner is a better recreation of the original 1970's experience, it also ensures that the pages will...more
Rich West
A whole bunch of Kirby I'd avoided in the past. Glad to know this side of him.
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Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books, and the co-creator of such enduring characters and popular culture icons as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, and hundreds of others stretching back to the earliest days of the medium. He was also a comic book writer and editor. His most common nick...more
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