Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.
Warning: minor spoilers.
“The police moved us off, taking control of the scene. And Jenny and Beth wanted to see EVERYTHING” – Phil Sheldon
This week I had the chance to pick up the Marvels Epilogue, the stand-alone sequel to one of Marvel’s most iconic series. The classic Marvels tale is being re-released this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary since its first circulation. This epilogue provides a follow up to see the end of Phil Sheldon’s (the lead character) story and yet another classic Marvel event for him (and his family this time) to bear witness to.
This comic follow up was written by the original team:
- Writer – Kurt Busiek
- Artist – Alex Ross
- Further Research: T.J Ross; Mark Kolodn;, Lisa and Keneu Luna; Devon Chulik; Alanna Smith; Meghan Khameral; Steve Darnell
Phil Sheldon, the photographer who documented the lives of the ‘Marvels’ of Universe 616 takes a chance to take his mind off work and the wonders and terrors of the Marvel Universe. We get to see another classic Marvel event kick off though – when Sentinels face off against the X-Men. Their powers are on full display as the X-Men beat back their foes. Phil’s daughters are captivated by the spectacle in front of them and react the same way actual kids and adults (definitely myself!) respond to Marvel’s films. Additionally, we are treated to wonderful little cameos by many classic Marvel characters – everyone from X-Men to Nick Fury and even Clark Kent and Lois Lane sneaking into the top panel of page four.
Ross’s art is beautiful, it’s telling that Kent and Lane are immediately identifiable, although Ross really gets to strut his stuff when portraying Storm’s transformation sequence. The detail and expression throughout the issue is wonderful with each page packed with visual information. Ross’s art is a favourite of mine and he really shines in this issue as he did in the original series. There’s a two page spread right at the end which provides a highlight reel of the series, with classic images such as the human torch ablaze.
The atmosphere of the comic is once of celebration with Sheldon’s love for his family and the world he lives in shining through. We also see wonderful characterisations for even small cameos such as a young and very eager to help Nova who wants to get involved, or Wolverine looking for a light.
The second half of the issue contains interviews, sketches and is packed with bonuses and Easter eggs.
The only criticism I can give of this issue is that I wish it was longer. It’s a wonderful throw back to the classic Marvels series and provides a well rounded finish to a classic story.
Score: 10 Marvels out of 10