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Marvels by Kurt Busiek
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Marvels

Kurt Busiek's Marvels, takes the everyman approach to comics. Busiek makes the main character an everyman photographer living in the superhero filled New York City. From initial reactions to the original Human Torch to a fear of mutants, everything is shown from the perspective of the individual. The comic is very much enjoyable. The art work is very much amazing, depicting a sense of realism. The story is also pretty great, as a cornucopia of Marvel characters including the Black Panther are depicted. Marvels shows the other side of a world full of superheroes. Rarely do we see how a human reacts to being next to a superhero or even being rescued by one. Busiek depicts realism in reactions such as xenophobia towards mutants and even Namor or the Human Torch. Humans are not always grateful and at times fear outsiders, and especially hate being compared to someone great, be it the all American hero Captain America or the invincible Iron Man. The story dwindles on this jealousy and xenophobia and is very much true. Not everyone appreciates the efforts of Spiderman or the Avengers. Not everyone likes the fact that the X-men are mutants who are the next step towards evolution. Not everyone is a fan of the world's Marvels, and Busiek's fine work sheds light on this fact. Allowing a new perspective for readers and depicting photo-realism, Marvels is a fine piece of work.
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