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Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks #127)
by Rich Buckler, Doug Moench, Bill Mantlo, J.M. DeMatteis, David Anthony Kraft, Marv Wolfman, Ralph Macchio, Mark Gruenwald , more…John Byrne , Mike Zeck , Sal Buscema …less
The tragic life of Deathlok is told in this mammoth volume of the Marvel Masterworks series. Included are stories from Astonishing Tales #25-28 & 30-36; Marvel Team-Up #46; Marvel Spotlight #33; Marvel Two-in-One #27 & 54 and Captain America #286-289.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 25th 2009 by Marvel
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Bear with me --- I am going to trash this book, then praise it, then trash it again. Some background: the first half of this collection consists of the original Deathlok stories published in Marvel's Astonishing Tales during the mid 70's. Deathlok is actually the dead body of Luther Manning, resurrected from cryonic storage and melded with machine parts to become a cyborg. He quickly rebels against his maker (Ryker, the main villain of the piece) and seeks his destiny in a dystopian New York ...more
Part of the last great surge of new creations from Marvel. It may seem that the initial 1960s burst of creativity ended with Daredevil in 1964, but that was largely due to the physical limitations on Marvel's line of titles due to distribution troubles. Around the mid-70s, with Marvel now able to expand their line, the company took on a ton of talent and started pushing out new ideas like crazy. The first generation of superhero-fans-as-creators had joined the company, and they wanted to create ...more
This is truly a work that's ahead of its time by a decade. Deathlok's original, unfettered series in Astonishing Tales was a highwater mark for Marvel in the seventies: It hit the ground running and there were so many thematic innovations. Cyberpunk, Robocop, The Matrix, and many other sci-fi franchises owe a debt to Deathlok, since a lot of the now-common place themes were done first in the stories reprinted in this volume. This is what Marvel should STILL be doing, instead of endless ...more
The first part of this book is the Deathlok stories from Astonishing Tales. I had never read those before. These second part of the book is the Deathlok guest appearances from various Marvel titles that wrapped up the story. The first part was OK but the second part was better. I especially liked the 3 issues of Captain America by J.M. Dematteis and Mike Zeck that end this book.
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