is a comic book
written and illustrated by Kurt Busiek
and Alex Ross
. It was published by Marvel
first as a four issue series, and then a single graphic novel
retailing at $19.95 US.
Marvels follows normal New York
photographer Phil Sheldon
, starting in 1939, as the first superpowered
beings appear in the Marvel Universe
. It follows the life of this normal person, who photographs these "Marvels"(his name for the superpowered beings), as he deals with these new additions to his world.
This story is amazing, tying togethor so many storylines
in the Marvel Universe that I never thought fitted so well togethor. Busiek and Ross make it look like everything, every issue
, was so well planned fitting togethor like a gigantic continous jigsaw puzzle
. It's amazing, and if you're going to read one Marvel graphic novel
, this should be it. Trust the comic shop guy
Summary done issue by issue:
Chapter One - A Time of Marvels
Phineas Thomas Horton
introduces his creation, an android
, in every perfect detail. He shows his creation
off at a convention, which reveals its fatal flaw to the public
: an inability to process oxygen
correctly. Instead the android bursts into flame
, not harming the android
itself! The Human Torch
Sheldon was amazed, minutes ago he had been talking with his friend J. Jonah Jameson
about going to Europe
to take photos of the war
. Then the creation
moved, and the audiences previous disbelief
was changed to terror
. Horton was forced to bury his creation
Weeks passed, and Sheldon continued his work and his interests in his beloved Doris Jacquet
. When one night strolling, he heard a scream and grabbed his camera
and ran towards it. The Human Torch
had escaped from his captivity, and was on the streets.. and flew away from the crowd. The crowd
dismissed it as "a trick of the light."
But the public
wasn't able to dismiss it for long as the Sub-Mariner
made his appearance on the ports, and the Torch freely flew in the skies. They both also helped save many people's lives.
When Sheldon was finally given the option to go to Europe
, he turned it down. To stay within the city to observe
the Marvels. He begun to doubt
his ability to be a husband
in a world where he couldn't protect
In 1940, the Sub-Mariner
and the Human Torch
clashed across the city. After a complicated battle, Officer Betty Dean
was able to get them to make a truce
Sheldon told his thoughts to his beloved
, of not being able to get married yet. She walked off, telling him he knew where to reach her. That's when he reached a deep thought
"When this is over I'd said. When would that be?
It would blow over. The world wouldn't stay like this. It couldn't.
And in 1941, Captain America
appeared. The first real American
superhero. The wild headlines that appeared in the newspapers
. (We also get a little appearance from good ol' Nick Fury
in his pre-war days.)
Sheldon went to a little film
with a friend, and at the end of the happy musical
, a newsreel
came on. The Sub-Mariner
and the Human Torch
fighting side-by-side against the enemies
. And at the end, the theater crowd
. The public's view of them changed view to a positive
And Sheldon decided that since the Marvels weren't leaving, he might as well as be with his love
. They reunited, and his thoughts were clear
. Nothing bad
could happen to them.
Until the report came in that Namor, the Sub-Mariner
, had changed sides again. A tidal wave
was headed towards the city. Sheldon ran to the roof, as the tidal wave arrived, and witnessed the fight between the Torch and Namor. As their fight loosened bricks, one of them hit him out. When he recovered in a hospital
, he learned that it had made him lose his left eye's sight.
He got married, and went to Europe to witness
the Marvels' action in the war. But that was just the beginning
"How do I feel?
You mean, aside from wondering whether monocular vision will improve my photgraphy?
Am I mad at the Marvels for taking my eye? Am I going to swear vengeance on them--
--Devote my life to destroying them all or driving them out of our world so everything can be the way it was again?
Is that what you're asking?
Um--Something like that.
I'm going to have more important things to do. There's a war on, for one.
And we've got a wedding to plan-- that is, if you're willing to marry Popeye the camera man."
This is one of my favorite quotes from the novel. It revels in the idea
that many of the normal
people who became the supervillians
had the idea that Sheldon proposed. They were injured
and they want revenge
for their accident
. It is also very hypocritical as shown in the chapter where the mutants
Sources of Chapter One:
Marvel Mystery Comics
Takes deep breath as he moves onto chapter two..