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Annihilation - Book 1 [Hardcover]

Keith Giffen , Dan Abnett , Andy Lanning , Mitch Breitweiser , Scott Kolins , Ariel Olivetti , Kev Walker
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March 7 2007 Annihilation (Book 1)
The epic collection of the cosmic event begins here! Heroes will die. Villains and heroes will form allegiances. Empires will fall. A destructive force punctures through the edge of our universe and slaughters millions of worlds - including Xandar, home of the intergalactic peacekeeping force known as the Nova Corps. With the Nova Corps gone, who can possibly hold off the Annihilation Wave? To protect the legacy of the Xandarian culture, the lone surviving member of the Corps - Richard Rider of Earth - must escape from the burning ruins of the homeworld with the murdering hosts of the Annihilation Wave closing in. But can he trust himself to use his new power wisely, or will he lose control again and pose a threat to the cosmos greater than the invasion itself? And on the subject of trust, how far can he trust his new "friend" Drax? Plus: Just how did Drax end up on Xandar, anyway? His story begins with the crash of an interstellar prison transport in an isolated Alaskan Town. And when Paibok the Power Skrull, Lunatik, the Blood Brothers and Drax the Destroyer come calling, it's not a social call. Collects Drax the Destroyer #1-4, Annihilation Prologue, Nova #1-4.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much superior to DC Comics' Sinestro Corps War Feb. 6 2009
Format:Paperback
Review by Brian Grindrod

Purchasing and organizing the Annihilation saga in the standard comic book format had to be a royal pain in the butt with a 48 page one-shot, four issue limited series that tied into one another with the event concluding in a six issue mini-series. Oh, I was about to forget to mention the various spin-offs and sequels! Lucky for me, Marvel Comics realizes the sales potential in repackaging their best and popular material in the over-sized hardcover format that has the same asking price as their original counterparts. No need to sweat or stress myself out about missing an issue with these babies plus I get the variant covers as well as other bonus material.

In the midst of all the Civil War pandemonium, Annihilation was relegated to the driver's seat to be ignored or forgotten by fans. If you are one of them, I regret to inform you that you lifted your nose on one of the best science-fiction yarns within the confines of the super-hero genre. I am the first to agree that the cast is comprised of 'b-characters' and a bunch of yahoos that only a bonafide geek like myself would recognize. Aside from The Silver Surfer who is distinguishable with the release of the Fantastic Four film, it will not be the likes of Ronan The Accuser, Super-Skrull, Drax The Destroyer or one of my personal favourites, Nova The Human Rocket, that can flock fans to the local comic book shop. However, this is where the writers use these less prominent characters to their advantage since they are not flogged down by any corporate limitations or the outcry of fanboys who feel that their hero is not written in continuity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Story Sept. 5 2011
Format:Paperback
Brian's review is spot on so read his first. I'll just add the following...

I have the entire collection and WOW the story is epic!

My only comment would be that it would have been nice to see even more. For example, Marvel could have included the *entire* Thanos Volume 5: Samaritan instead of the last few issues and added an arc about how Nova formed the resistence.

Still in terms of content these collections are a great buy.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really a prologue to the main event May 10 2007
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
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.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic comic event that deserves a closer look June 8 2007
By Nicolas D. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Dust off those galactic heros! Nov. 8 2007
By Ken Baynton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being a person who did most of my comic reading in the early to mid ninties, I found the revamped personas of Drax, and Nova really refreshing here. I just received my paperback edition of this collection last week, and after a couple reads i can say that i really enjoyed this. I love all things Thanos and Silver Surfer related, so i've got a pretty good grasp on Drax and his past. But here under some pretty extraordinary circumstances his new persona is a little edgier and hes someone you can actually root for. (unlike giant super powered retard of yesteryear). I'm not really sure why they feel the need to stick him with an emo version of Jubilee, but shes not too annoying. I never really liked Nova or Quasar much, but in this collection you see a different side of them. I've only known them as throw away characters from the 10 years ago, but here they are developed characters you can appreciate. The art is top notch for the most part. The Super Skrull and Thanos make appearances and you really get the feeling something big is coming. I can't wait to read volume two of this series and highly recommend it to anyone who loves seeing these old rejects rejuvinated and realized to their full potential.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Annihilation of the Marvel Cosmos July 8 2007
By N.T. - Published on Amazon.com
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!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes Star Wars look like @#!&%$! April 5 2011
By Sailor_Nibiru - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yeah so I just finished this off in one sitting, all three volumes of the Annihilation saga. I'd started it on a friend's recommendation. Before this I had never even heard of these characters or their back-stories - no matter; I was sucked in straight from page one. The storyline is nothing short of epic. To say anything less is to damn it with faint praise. Where has this been all my life?!

Annihilation is THE Major Comic Book Event that Marvel should have pushed back in 2006 but didn't. More's the pity as it's about 10,000 times better than the pathetic "Civil War." The characters are fascinating - especially Nova, driven to seek vengeance for the destruction of the Nova Corps in volume one. His foil Annihilus, while almost one dimensional with his whole KILL KILL KILL ANNIHILUS IS BLAH BLAH schtick still manages to make for an intriguing and terrifying baddie. More interesting still is Drax the Destroyer, programmed to seek out and kill Thanos, an ultra-powerful villain allied with Annihilus who ironically turns out to be the only one who can possibly end the latter's threat for good. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, my only real complaint here is that the ginormous cast of characters makes it a bit difficult to keep track of everyone, though this doesn't really detract much from the story. Over all, the writing is great.

I won't go into any detail about the plot - you should just walk in cold like I did. Prepare to be AMAZED. A star-spanning epic, gorgeous art, some hitherto sadly underused cosmic characters who are finally given the chance to shine...Annihilation simply has everything one could ask for, barring a movie version. But I don't begrudge Marvel for shying away from so huge an undertaking as that. To be done correctly, Annihilation: the Movie would require last year's Pentagon budget.

But one can dream...
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