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And I've been looking into that kind of stuff to find out the history of this world. I'm telling this story where clearly we're injecting a huge amount of fiction into it, with superheroes and men in tubes who catch fire and all sorts of crazy stuff going on in it. But you want it to feel like the way the world did at the tail end of the depression, when World War II is going on in Europe and America is a few years away from getting in but it's tense. So I actually found out that FDR had a secret intelligence group that he met with, so I put them in there.

Being able to use bits and pieces of reality to sort of blend in with our fiction makes it feel a lot more real to me, even though it's fiction. NRAMA : Have you discovered some characters as you've looked back at Marvel's history that are fairly unknown now but are being spotlighted in this story? I think if the story goes the way I think it's going, because you can never tell until you get to the end, but if it goes the way I think it's going, there's a character who will hopefully be entering modern Marvel too.

I found this weird old Marvel character who'd only appeared once or twice, and I figured out a way to fit him into the story, and it actually made a ton of sense. And he has some good links to a couple of modern Marvel characters. It's a lot of fun to do stuff like that. I don't want to ruin it! But it's just a weird kind of cool soldier character who I thought fit the story. And that's the interesting thing is figuring out what the overall story is and how it fits with what has already been established about the Marvel Universe.

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It's really an espionage story. It's got a lot of noir and mystery elements to it. Some of the characters are Nazi spies in the United States. Looking at Marvel history, we know of at least two significant Nazi spies — the guy who shoots Dr. The professor's been shot by a Nazi spy, and that guy's got to be a key player in this story. And there's another Nazi spy who is the guy who steals most of the Super Soldier formula that's later found by the guy who becomes the Captain America of the s.

So these are all in-continuity things that have been referred to in the modern Marvel world, but we've never met these characters. The only time we've seen that one guy who kills Dr. Erskine is that moment when he kills Dr. Erskine and we've seen that a million times. But it's like, who was that guy? And these, to me, are interesting stories. NRAMA : Was that the idea that Tom suggested, to simply find characters and expand upon them within Marvel's history, or were you given guidelines on who should be the focus? I think Tom and I talked about it early on and I don't know how we came up with it, but the idea was it would start in and end just after Pearl Harbor when the Invaders are formed.

That does seem to be the end of the beginning. And the story we're telling is the beginning. Tom offered it to me and I went back and looked at all the characters, and I actually have a bit of a research assistant on this that I'm using, my friend Jeff Nevins, who annotates all of Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen stuff. And he's an expert on just about everything as far as publishing goes. He knows all about the pulp era and does those articles for me. He's an expert on comics from the '30s and '40s.

On the one hand, this is basically just a retelling of origin stories that most serious comic fans already know.

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On the other hand, it's a beautifully told pulp story that evokes a sense of doom and a world in flux on the level of the old Norvell Page "Spider" stories. It could have easily taken the iconoclastic tone of Watchmen, but instead engages in mythmaking on a grand level. I can't quite put my finger on why I liked it so much. I like pretty much everything that Brubaker writes, but the tone of this work, and the feelings it evoked in me, were really something special. Very, very, very groovy!!!

Such a cool retelling and reimagining of the Golden Age of Marvel comics!! I really loved this. Now, full disclosure This takes those amazin Very, very, very groovy!!! This takes those amazing characters and brilliant stories and updates them for my palette. This was very, very enjoyable. The artwork popped. The action was fun to follow. The writing was slick, and everything flowed. There are many, many old stories that could use a 21st century makeover. Is that heresy? Who cares. This is good shit. Excellent work by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting! It's clear in this book the love and enjoyment they had with the characters with Easter Eggs like old characters making special appearance that people new readers might not know about, Jim's badge number, Invader gang Steve, Jim, Namor his old grumpy self, Buck and Toro and paper clips in back of the story.

Very enjoyable!

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Aug 17, Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in This was an excellent early Marvel story, set in the golden age of heroes. This takes place before and during the first issue of the legendary original Marvels series, with the advent of super-heroes and masked mystery This was an excellent early Marvel story, set in the golden age of heroes.

This takes place before and during the first issue of the legendary original Marvels series, with the advent of super-heroes and masked mystery men in New York. The story itself is top notch, following the attempts to prepare the US for its seemingly inevitable entry into the War with Germany, and there are many hands in the fire to try and prevent that. I'm not the biggest Brubaker fan, but this time he did his characters good; there's some unavoidable retroactive continuity, but everything's pretty true to the universe created by those early Timely Comics writers and artists, and fleshed out by Roy Thomas in the seventies.

Recommended reading for any golden age comic book fan. Oct 13, Alan rated it really liked it. Here Brubaker makes very good use of Marvel continuity and history. When one evaluates the entire catalog of characters available to the company pre-Disney ownership this included almost the entire Timely Comics line of the s it makes a good deal of sense to center a story around lesser known characters. That permits the creative team more leeway in character development and what one one do Yes, I've been working on running through Ed Brubaker's time at Marvel Comics excluding Daredevil.

That permits the creative team more leeway in character development and what one one does to characters ex: kill a couple off, introduce one. Combing a little bit emphasis on little bit of time travel re: Matthew Hawk with the early s we see the beginning of the career of the non-superpowered Angel. Much like the use of narrative character in Marvels the Angel is a ground floor view to the introduction of superheroes to the world Captain America, Human Torch and Sub-Mariner And, the book well drawn by Steve Epting.

Mar 11, Jesse rated it liked it Shelves: marvel , in-line-to-bind. I've never made it all the way through this before, but it really is quite good. The pulpy writing from brubaker is fantastic. It's similar to his Criminal style. The art is great, with moody yet saturated colors. I know just enough marvel history or prehistory rather to tell that these stories are dancing around golden age continuity, connecting dots and retconning motivations and connections.

The narrator being a golden era masked hero is reminiscent of watchmen, of course, but that's where I've never made it all the way through this before, but it really is quite good. The narrator being a golden era masked hero is reminiscent of watchmen, of course, but that's where the similarities end. I didn't fully understand the end, but it really doesn't matter.


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Being a prequel to the whole marvel universe, I know the "ending" of this story already. Jan 19, Joey rated it it was amazing. There's a slit bit of retconning here and there but it works. Very much worth a read before the new "Legacy" books tear up Marvel canon to make way for the movie canon. I can say that this was quite an interesting read for the origins of Marvel's superhero age.

I liked how Brubaker used history to combine with the fantastic concept of superhero-ism. What started as tall-tales from a dying old man inspired others to become more than what they currently are. The only question was, how did Matt Hawkins get transported back in time to the great depression era? I liked the mystery behind it all, it's like coming in full circle and the events feels like a great loop I can say that this was quite an interesting read for the origins of Marvel's superhero age.

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I liked the mystery behind it all, it's like coming in full circle and the events feels like a great loop in time. Trying to get into the Invaders team and was told this is a good starting point. Story was nicely told and the art is Not something I'd go back and revisit, but it served its purpos Trying to get into the Invaders team and was told this is a good starting point. Not something I'd go back and revisit, but it served its purpose of introducing me to the characters. Superb Writing!

The writer did a great job of incorporating a multitude of major and minor heroes of that time and gave us an overview of what was happening in the world. The artist was perfect for this time period. I would love to see more stories too highlight and update the heroes of this time—much like what The Invaders did. I thought that the art in this book was incredible. The story itself was a little complicated it jumped around a lot and it took longer than I originally thought it would to read, but it was interesting and fun.

Great story of Marvel's past. The marvels project: the birth of the super heroes is a fun book. Dec 11, Simon rated it it was amazing. This was pretty good. Good read. Feb 19, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: comic-history , comics. Reviews of this book that complained about perceived similarities to Mark Waid and Alex Ross's Kingdom Come are way off track. There is the inclusion of a old and dying Two-Gun Kid at the beginning of the book, who has knowledge of the future of the Marvel universe, the the Two-Gun Kid's knowledge come Reviews of this book that complained about perceived similarities to Mark Waid and Alex Ross's Kingdom Come are way off track.

There is the inclusion of a old and dying Two-Gun Kid at the beginning of the book, who has knowledge of the future of the Marvel universe, the the Two-Gun Kid's knowledge comes from a time travel storyline in the late s Avengers comics, not from some revealed supernatural vision. Okay, this aside, the book is really interesting because it works as a retcon of the 's Marvel Universe back when the company was called Timely Comics re-imagining various golden age heroes in a more realistic way. Told from the point of view of the mostly forgotten Angel, a 's superhero with no real powers to speak of, it traces the development of Captain Marvel by fleshing out the backstory of his origin, and by retelling and streamlining the origin of the Torch and Sub-Mariner.

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Ed Brubaker's scripting is great, and the art is tight. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Ed Brubaker. Ed Brubaker. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles Ed Brubaker born November 17, is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. Other books in the series. Captain America, by Ed Brubaker 1 - 10 of 25 books. Books by Ed Brubaker. Put a creative team like Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting on your book, because nothing pleases like a quality comic, which "The Marvels Project" 1 most certainly is.

Purporting to shed some light on the Golden Age Marvel universe and how the various heroes published by Timely the company that would eventually become Marvel tie together, "The Marvels Project" shares some plot and conceptual points with "Marvels," but where that work examined these events from a civilian perspective, Brubaker is showing us them from an informed one, an insider's view of how superheroes came to be, rising during World War II. Beginning in , the War continues in Europe, but America has not yet been drawn into.

FDR, though, obviously wants to join the fray and sees involvement as inevitable, and is already working with Allies against the Nazis. Beginning two years prior to the United States' involvement in the war allows Brubaker to reveal the behind-the-scenes actions the government was undertaking to fight against Germany, which ties into the secretive nature of the creation of superhumans at the same time. By linking the real and fictional, Brubaker plants the seeds for a compelling story in these pages.

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While only the opening chapter, quite a lot of information is given and may overwhelm some, but, no doubt, everything covered here will play a big role in future issues. Thomas Halloway is our way into the story as he narrates. What role he will play exactly is unknown, except that he is the Golden Age Angel, a mostly forgotten hero of that time. His voice is suitably informed and overarching, gaining the confidence of the reader and possessing a clear understanding of the events of the series.

At the beginning of the issue , he has an encounter with the Two-Gun Kid, who has seen the future firsthand, and that encounter is the perfect prologue to set the stage for this series. We all know what will eventually happen, what begins here, and that gives these events a grander, larger feeling - a bigger sense of importance.


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Anyone who's been reading "Captain America" knows that Steve Epting is at home drawing regular people as he is at drawing superpeople. More than that, he's spent some time depicting this very time period in flashback in that title, so he is the most natural choice to illustrate this story.

Quite simply, he nails it one hundred per cent. His realistic style is the right fit for this story, which is so centered in real events and contains real people. While only an introduction to the players of this story, "The Marvels Project" 1 already demonstrates that the hype on this project may also be the reality. Not to be missed. We and our trusted partners use cookies and tracking technologies to create custom content for your enjoyment and to provide advertising in line with your interests. We respect your privacy and we are committed to safeguarding your privacy while online at our site.

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