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Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions

(Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1-3)

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The Grandmaster enters a cosmic wager with Death herself, using Earth's mightiest heroes as his chess pieces! His goal? To return his fellow Elder of the Universe, the Collector, to life! The stakes? Nothing less than the fate of the Earth itself! Now, heroes from around the globe must battle it out in a contest like none ever seen before. Marvel's historic first miniserie ...more
Kindle Edition, 76 pages
Published October 7th 2015 by Marvel (first published 1982)
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Tiago
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel-events
A good first issue, then everything goes downhill. Tons of exposition in dialogue and stereotypical characters, is almost condescending the way the foreigner characters speak, plus I have no idea who half these characters are, I'm sure they existed at some point, but most never had an ongoing series or were part of a major team. Anyway, this was Marvel's first crossover event, so it was expectable, two stars. ...more
Sophia
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I tried something different with this volume; I ‘reviewed’ the comics individually and made them status updates. The reviews are as follows…

Issue #1 - The gathering of the heroes! There were a lot of heroes that I hadn't seen before (for some of them, it was their first appearance!) I wonder what the thought process was behind picking the two teams...I'm excited for what's to come! ⭐⭐⭐

Issue #2 - I like the fact that they've paired heroes that normally wouldn't team up. In saying that, maybe beca
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Adam Graham
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Contest of Champions has a lot of interesting backstory. In fact, I found myself a bit more interested to read Tom DeFalco's explanation of how the story came to be than the story itself.

Contest of Champions is really the first big superhero crossover event bringing together a massive number of Marvel's heroes.

Yet, the book is weird. Despite bringing so many heroes together, the two cosmic beings battling it out only choose twenty-four, so the rest of the characters are only there as spectator
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Andrew
Jul 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
My unnecessarily long review

https://aedontor.blogspot.com/2020/07...
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Roman Colombo
Weird, repetative, kind of pointless but still fun in a nostalgic way. Surprising ending actually.
Rick
Yeah, I've read this before. At least twice actually. It's fun and is certainly a fanboy dream come true for any Marvel zombie (which I was at the time it was first published). But if you're not into big and pointless super-hero crossovers with no real emotional weight or characterization beyond stereotypes ... just don't bother with it. On the other hand, if you're a Marvel zombie who devours pretty much anything with Marvel superheroes, like me, you'll probably get a kick out of this short and ...more
Sydney
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this. I really did.
I did not enjoy this that much.
The art is the awesome older Marvel style and the story is a great idea but the love stops there.

It felt really rushed. Each issue was "here are the people", "look they're doing some stuff with each other", and "look we're done".
The rapid-ness made it really hard to follow. So much so that the creators couldn't even follow it and made a huge mistake towards the ending. To even worsen the difficulty of reading this, I didn'
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Sarospice
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can remember how much I loved this when it first came out. Yes, it's obvious in execution but hey! It's the first of it's kind. So though most everyone comes across one note the historic impact of this series shouldn't be denied. I also loved all the characters they created in this series. ...more
Adrian J.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I did not expect to learn that a spiky pear is the symbol of the people of Israel. But I did learn that. Because this LS was awesome.
Ekenedilichukwu Ikegwuani
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short, but interesting. It's cool to see the first time they brought every single hero together for this event, and the ending was actually a little surprising! ...more
Matt
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Collects Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982) issues #1-3

This was the first-ever comic book crossover. Before "Secret Wars." Before "Crisis on Infinite Earths." This book featured every major Marvel superhero that was still active in 1982. With that being said, only 24 heroes really get spotlighted in the story, with cameos by many, many others. The basic idea is that two Elders of the Universe decide to have a contest for power, with the competition being one team of superheroes vs. an
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John
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
As a time-capsule of Marvel comics in 1982, this slim volume is a treasure trove of cheesiness. Done in the narration and dialogue-heavy style of the era, this comic is full of cultural, racial and gender stereotypes which may be offensive to a modern reader. But taken as a a bit of cultural and comic history, it's quite entertaining if somewhat creaky by today's standards. Worth a look. ...more
Dave
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
A perfectly sound set up for a hero vs hero contest is marred by the presence of various ethnic and national stereotypes, thereby turning what could have been a enjoyably silly read into a unpleasant one. Best to just avoid.
Timothy Boyd
I remember when this came out and it was the biggest gathering of characters I had ever seen. Now it seems there is a yearly mega event in comics that gathers together tons of characters but this was something new back in the day. Nice art and story. Recommended
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