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Marvels: Eye of the Camera

(Marvels #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  52 reviews
News photographer Phil Sheldon's back, with the man-on-the-street's perspective on the big events of the Marvel Universe. But this time, Phil's world is going to be rocked not just by superheroes and super-villains, but by something far more personal.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 7th 2010 by Marvel
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Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
It's an epilogue to Marvels that didn't quite do it for me.
It. Was. Depressing.
Other than finding out what happened to the little mutant girl, Maggie, there was nothing here that I couldn't have lived my entire life without reading. The art was beautiful, but unless you're an expert on what happened in the Marvel universe during the 70's and 80's I think a lot of the story will go over your head.
Antonin Januska
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Marvels is brilliant. This is a decent book, but it simply doesn't live up to its predecessor. I'm not sure I can put my finger on why, exactly, that is. Maybe it's because the subject matter just isn't as awe-inspiring. Instead of the birth of the cornerstones of the Marvel universe, this is the nitty gritty, what makes it run decade in and decade out: the distrust of normal people. And while that was a major plot point in the original, there were other things going on there. This is basically ...more
Matt Bromagin
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I honestly never knew they made a sequel to Marvels - one of my favorite mini-series. Excellent sequel that most definitely holds up to its predecessor. It was great to see Maggie again. The events of the second issue always had a profound effect on me. Phil throwing the brick when he finds himself in the mob, and of course, Maggie's disappearance and all the unanswered questions it resulted in.

It was also cool to see them go through another couple of decades. I always wondered what Phil's reac
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, westend
If you like superheroes, you owe it to yourself to find a copy of the original Marvels book. This is only for completionists who read the first one.

This is very good. It's ultimately a little too long, so the emotion kind of cycles around a few times because there's nowhere to progress. The back-material explains that this story was really just going to be an epilogue to the original. That's right. It's the Hemingway conclusion. Here, we see how Marvels would have ended if brought to its real en
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A respectable follow-up to Marvels but not quite as good. It's a little confusing, though, because unlike the original, in which events in the Marvel universe happen in-universe in the same years the comics were published, this uses a sliding timescale that compresses Marvel universe events from the mid-sixties to the late eighties into less than ten years. For example, the main character's daughter who was an elementary schooler in the first series when the X-Men debut (1961) is a teen learning ...more
Oct 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the original, but I just couldn't get into this one. In the beginning it didn't feel like a sequel and I was bored to tears. "If it ain't broke don't fix it" is what they say and I think this book was completely unnecessary. Marvels did not need a sequel.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting story about the age of "Marvels" through the eyes of a photographer in the 70s/80s. I love stuff like this. Seeing the effects of all those super heroes on everyday folks. It's a solid read that reveals a new side of the Marvel U
Frank Byrns
OK, not great sequel to the fantastic MARVELS mini-series.

Read that one instead, if you haven't.
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review pending. Atm, am still vacillating between 4 and 5 on this... but I've never read the first Marvels. Soooo... hmm...
This series--five or six, I think--is a follow-up to the sublime Marvels. It wasn't quite as good as the original story, but still worth reading. I love the idea of telling superhero stories from the point of view of an observer (in this case, a newspaper photographer in New York City). Phil, the main character, spends his entire career capturing shots of the iconic events from Marvel history. During this time, he lives his life like a regular person: he fall in love, gets married, has children, ...more
Rocky Sunico
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
While still in the same general tone as the other Marvels book, there's something about Eye of the Camera that just felt a little off, like we had taken this story a little too far and there wasn't as much to explore. Sure, Busiek still has a way with words that his distinctly his own and this book feels right at home with the rest of them, but maybe it's hard to be all that invested in this photographer's story any more?

And it took a while for the book to really get to its focus, which turned o
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I went through a lot of trouble to put hands on this book. My library inevitably had to order it from another library four states away. It seemed worth the trouble because I really wanted to know what happened to the mutant in the first book. I later discovered I really DIDN'T want to know what happened to her, it was a better story if you don't know, not because the result of what happened was boring or uninteresting, but because wondering what happened and drawing your own conclusion was the m ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel
I did not expect to enjoy this as much as Marvels but I did. Every bit as much.

The juxtaposition of Phil's real life amidst the wonders of the Marvel Universe was perfect.

I did miss Alex Ross' wonderful art but the art here was nothing to sneeze at.

I would highly recommend both the original Marvels and this! Especially to someone wanting to get a feel for Marvel's past without having to read all of it.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Marvels was really good. This one, not so much. It's very sad and almost bitter at times. The art is good and it's cool to see a lot of those characters from another viewpoint but this was a very sad and almost underdeveloped sequel.
Scott wachter
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
marvels is a goods thing.

this followup is fine.

but could we get something like it for modern comics instead of revolving around x-men from the the 80s
Bruno Rio
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This take on Marvels leads us through a very human journey. Life. How small and fragile we are comparing to theses gods among us. Beautiful art and touching story...👍❤
Jordi Arozamena
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good sequel. Not as brilliant as the original, still a great work, and I'd be down for another sequel.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty sad story
Drown Hollum
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero
This is a tough one to rate, but in truth, it pales before the original Marvels in every way. Now, the origins of this book would suggest as much, and Busiek outs it forward honestly as a thirty-page epilogue stretched out into a six-issue mini at the behest of Marvel higher-ups. Busiek is not alone on writing duties either, with Roger Stern picking up the slack as the collaborative script-writer. Another massive hurdle here is Alex Ross' absence from the project all together. Anacleto's art is ...more
Topher Marsh
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-read, graphic
Beautiful art, but the story quality falls short of the original Marvels, which worked well as a stand alone. This sequel lacks the historic arc and significance of the original story. It covers much of the Marvel hero stories I read in the 70's with a few references to some of the Captain America comics I still own. However, this story does less than the original to place Marvel heroes in their historic context and lacks the original Marvel's real world feel. In the oroginal Marvels, Phil is mu ...more
Jack Haringa
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars. The original MARVELS was an amazing achievement: the intersection of original perspective, sharp writing, vibrant and dynamic art, real purpose, and an understanding of comics and their historical context. In "Eye of the Camera," Busiek and Stern attempt to bottle lightning a second time, and they come up a little short. The references become less iconic and more fannish, the sense of history less imminent. The narrative voice is also logically problematic--while some aren't bothered ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
The premise (a non-superhero photojournalist reflects on the exploits of the Marvel universe in his twilight years) was initially intriguing. Growing up, I loved a good cross-over comic story as much as the next geek, so it should have been a delight when everyone from the X-Men to The Submariner to She-Hulk are brought into the same "storyline." Sadly, not so. The text weighs down the story, rather than weaving it together. The protagonist's unpredictable and unwarranted mood swings don't furth ...more
Sean Kennedy
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
(3.5 / 5)

The original Marvels was a masterpiece, so of course any kind of follow up is going to have to have a hard time living up to it. This book tries its best, but the storyline is far more disjointed and the pieces of Marvel history don't seem to be as successfully integrated as they were in the original, nor do they seem to have the same kind of impact. Often the story gets lost in trying to keep up with the events of the heroes, when it should be focusing on the small intimate story of th
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphicnovels, 2010
This was a miss for me. I can see the good sense in publishing a sequel to Marvels that attempts to do for the 1970's and '80's what the original mini-series did for the 1960's, but the first Marvels mini had a lot going for it beyond the concept that helped the book catch lightning in a bottle. Eye of the Camera feels forced in a way that Marvels never did, and although there are some interesting bits here or there (I enjoyed Phil Sheldon being dispatched to cover the destruction of the Rockies ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
For the most part, I didn't like this one quite as much as its predecessor, Marvels. Marvels was almost perfect as a stand-alone entity, and Eye of the Camera's vaguely mangled timeline and slightly weaker plot meant that this one comes off second best. (Especially since this one doesn't have Alex Ross' gorgeous paintings.) However, Eye of the Camera was still worth the read, and the ending made me tear up a bit. ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
The follow-up to Marvels, although unnecessary, continues the Phil Sheldon story satisfactorily, but it never really evolves into anything new, or revolutionary as the first did. It tells the story of the darkening of Marvel comics, and the newer anti-hero genre of heroes, and how Sheldon interacts with this new breed of hero. The artwork is spectacular, and the script is well executed, but the story is lacking. It seems to emulate the original story, but never seeks to break into it's own.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
"The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning publishing sensation that made Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross into stars!"

Well, no, not really. They could have let Marvels well enough alone and I would have been just fine with that. As it is, this story just lessens the impact and the value of the original.
I like to round out my ratings to the next higher level, so it gets a 3 stars... but it deserves no more than 2,5
A comic book for old people. A pretty impressive followup to Marvels. It is nice to see the Marvel Universe laid out as a history that might have made some sense. This one is certainly even darker than the first one and yet it shows a life of general normalcy among the superhero craziness. ...more
Full disclosure: as someone who has cancer, story lines involving it move me perhaps more than other people. That being said, I'd like to think I'm somewhat impartial when I say I think this is a worthy follow up to Marvels. It brings the story into the 1980s very well, looking at how comics changed in that time while remaining a human story tied to Phil Sheldon. Beautiful.
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;

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