Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Volume One
Writer and Artist:Jack Kirby
Content:The material in this omnibus is appropriate for all ages. There is some action violence.
Introduction:Jack “The King” Kirby. With a name like that, one could imagine what his contribution to comic books might be. He is considered by many to be the greatest comic book artist of all time, having a hand in creating an enormous amount of characters such as the Fantastic Four, Thor, The X-Men, Silver Surfer, New Gods, Challengers of the Unknown, and many others. His time at Marvel and DC comics is legendary and groundbreaking stuff. He truly is the “King” of comic books.
Story:Jack Kirby had become unhappy with Marvel comics, whom he had helped bring from a fledgling company into a comic book powerhouse. He yearned for more control over his creations and when rival DC comics offered him the chance to make his own series with complete editorial control, he jumped at the chance.
What he created was a series of comic books that were linked together with common stories, themes, and all with one man at the helm, Jack Kirby. It was called Jack Kirby’s Fourth World and although it met an untimely end, it has become known as a great accomplishment by Kirby with characters that have become a big part of the DC universe.
Review:The first thing that I noticed about this omnibus is the size of it. It is a hefty book in the lines of the Marvel Essential series, a giant collection of comics that will provide countless hours of enjoyment. The sturdy hardcover and protective cover sleeve just add to the beefiness of this…gigantic thing. To say that it’s impressive doesn’t do it justice.
This collection has sixteen comic books with their covers and all are in full color. There are also two pinups, concept art by Kirby, an introduction from writer Grant Morrison, and an afterword by Mark Evanier. It totals at 385 pages of comics, and that isn’t including the extras.