Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Kirbyverse 2.0!
I took Dynamite up on the offer and sampled the Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek produced Jack Kirby zero issue. As such things go it was a fairly rich package with lots of sketches and designs along with a smidge of story to give you a glimpse into what's coming.
It of course involves nearly all the Jack Kirby concepts not already owned by someone else. Captain Victory, Silver Star, and many other creations from Kirby's drawing board are gathered into a shared universe.
The premise is simple. The Pioneer Probe left Earth many years ago, and on it was a plaque telling such folk out there who we are. The design for that plague was done by Kirby (which is close to real life but not quite) and it is indeed found and the invitation is accepted. The series will be about those that accept the invite, and others who have to deal with that.
Not bad really, but not something I'll be following. The artwork is vivid, but the storytelling is wanting. It's easy to lose your way in the complex and vivid pages. And Dynamite with its zillion alternate covers always makes me wince on these new projects. Add in that I'm not really getting new comics, and I have to say no to this.
I enjoyed the Kirbyverse comics years ago from Topps. But this new rendition leaves me a tad cold, despite Busiek's considerable attempt to make it warm up.
Maybe I'll change my mind. We'll see.