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Annihilation - Book 1 Hardcover – Mar 7 2007

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Really a prologue to the main event May 10 2007
By N. Durham - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In the midst of Marvel's much hyped Civil War event, the company's other less heard of event, Annihilation, gets lost in translation. Thankfully though, Marvel is collecting the entire saga in three hardcover collections, and while this first collection details the events leading up to the main saga of Annihilation, there isn't really anything super pivotal here. The main focus of this hardcover collection is the Nova mini-series which finds Richard Rider, AKA Nova, a lone survivor in space and on a bit of a revenge trip. Besides this story, there really isn't anything here that is essential to the main events. This hardcover collection also collects the Drax the Destroyer: Earth Fall mini-series from Keith Giffen, and while it's a great story on it's own, it's already been available in a much cheaper paperback edition. All in all, if you are a completist then by all means pick up this first hardcover collection of Annihilation for the Nova story alone, but for everyone else, this title isn't all that essential to the future events of the saga.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic comic event that deserves a closer look June 8 2007
By Nicolas D. Jones - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Yes, everybody and their dog knows about Marvel's "Civil War" event. But at the same time, this event was going on, and for those, like myself, absolutely sick of all the crossovers, tie-ins, and blatant marketing stunts, Marvel's "Annihilation" is an absolute godsent. While it was completely overshadowed by "Civil War", it is much larger in scale, the key difference being that it centers around characters that, like the series itself, are overlooked and underappreciated. After all, everyone knows Captain America and Spider-man, but there are far less people who know who Drax the Destroyer is, or Ronan the Accuser, or even Nova. But it's because we don't really know who these people are that they surprise us with who they are, what they can do, and what they're up against. This first volume flounders a bit at the beginning (mainly due to some very hard-to-read fonts), but eventually sets the stage for the cosmic scale battle to come. Nova, in particular, really launches himself off as a power player in the scheme of things, and he's a far cry from the dopey "Kid Nova: The Human Rocket" member of New Warriors. The art is generally well done across the collection, with Nova's series perhaps being a tad underwhelming, but it all gets the job done. In the end, this is an excellent event from Marvel that really shook up some power players and proved to be a great alternative to the convoluted mess that was "Civil War".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Annihilation of the Marvel Cosmos July 8 2007
By N.T. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you grew up reading comics in the late 80's to mid 90's, chances are you read the annual Marvel Crossover events that all started with Infinity something-something. While The Infinity Gauntlet in memory was great it can not compare to the intricate and amazingly well planned Annihilation event of this decade. If you love characters like NOVA, THANOS, SILVER SURER,and all things in the Marvel cosmic universe this is a must read. While this crossover event was eclipised by the CIVIL WAR saga, the ramifications of what happens to the Marvel Universe after Annihilation are far greater than what happens on Earth in Civil War. Do yourself a favor and check this out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
the worst of the 3 collected annihlation books, but still awesome... May 20 2007
By mark twain - Published on
Format: Hardcover
the drax collection is a little blah, serves to introduce new drax and cammi.

the annihilation prologue is pretty good, and starts off annihilation proper.

the nova collection also wasn't that interesting to me, because i don't really care for nova and the green lantern rip-off (which are lensman rip-offs) nova corps.

this review might sound negative, and it's not meant to be because annihilation is the best comic series that's been released in quite some time. it was out the same time as civil war (which isn't very good) and was overlooked but annihilation is where it's at.
Good Stuff, Nuff Said. Aug. 13 2015
By jennifer davis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've heard these names but I'm not all that familiar with marvels Galactic Class. After reading this book I'd like to know more. The prologue was action packed and very readable. The Drax and Nova stories are about how the events at the beginning of Annihilation dramatically alters each of them. Both characters are dynamic and interesting. Overall I really enjoyed this book even without knowing a lot about this world. I will definitely be reading more.