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Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok - Volume 1 Hardcover – Nov 25 2009


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Amazing work that was way ahead of its time. April 26 2011
By Steven Ernest - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful collection.
In 1974 -- ten years before the cyberpunk of Neuromancer -- Deathlok presented a dark future world of advanced computer technology. A man "locked in death," forced to "live" with a cyborg body and symbiotically with a computer in his head. Creator and artist Rich Buckler, along with Doug Moench and others, were there before RoboCop, the Terminator, and the whole Cyberpunk movement.
I originally read this in High School, and I'm amazed at how well it holds up. This series should have continued much longer.
Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
classic pathos, and classic, period. Nov. 2 2012
By silly narwhal - Published on Amazon.com
Classic stuff, had a couple issues as a kid, and it was INTENSE. Happy to report it still is, the issues hold up exceedingly well. I must say, the final resolution of the original storyline doesn't quite live up to the promise of the issues leading up to it. Not sure if that's because the writer was making it up as he went and couldn't quite come up with the cherry to place on top once he got there ~ or if he was forced to wrap it up early because of impending cancellation. In any event, WELL worth purchasing, utterly unique at the time and way AHEAD of its time. Excellent artwork, too. Most later resurrections of the character pale in comparison to the original, because they aren't the original, they're just a robot-only version. What makes the character is the tortured human inside.

Accept no substitutes ~ THIS is Deathlok. Short-lived as it was, one of the defining series of '70's Marvel comics.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The True Start Of Cyberpunk Oct. 21 2012
By Jonathan Balofsky - Published on Amazon.com
Before, Robocop, Terminator, Total Recall, Blade Runner, Aliens etc. There was Deathlok, the story of a man locked in death. The story created many of the tropes scene in the mentioned works and others. To see that this work has not received the acclaim it deserves is a bit upsetting. The only problem is because this is the first of its kind, the writing is stilted at times and comes off as awkward. Still this is a worthy addition to any comic or sci-fi fan's collection. The extras included are fun and the production is top notch!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great start for the post-apocalyptic self-loathing cyborg character movement Nov. 14 2012
By Graham G. Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
To be honest, this book took me a while to plow through it, and that's not necessarily a bad thing!

This volume features classic, old school, Marvel Bronze age linear storytelling but is purposefully dreamlike, open-ended, and vague in spots which makes for a bit of a disjointed reading experience. I had to go back and re-read a couple of the early Astonishing Tales chapters to pick up on some of the details I'd missed the first time through. All that being said, it's a really good book and I recommend it to anyone, especially fans of Bronze Age Marvel comic books. I give this book a solid 7/10.

It is important to to remember Deathlok preceeded every other self-loathing/time travelling cyborg, dystopian future type storyline (Robocop, Blade Runner, Terminator, etc). The Deathlok series was well ahead of its time. The book reads as if the writer & artists were flying by the seat of their pants and making things up as they went because they were! This was literally groundbreaking material when originally published.

What really struck me were the many similarities between the character traits and plotlines from early McFarlane Spawn issues compared to the Deathlok series. Both characters come back 5 years post-death, the zombie-like appearances, they are both white guys (well Spawn came back as a white guy) married to black women, both of their best friends remarried their wives, the self loathing and failed suicide attempts. It's almost as if McFarlane was doing a Deathlok-homage in several of those early Spawn issues.

Some of the later issues contained in this volume aren't on par with the 1st half of the book, but I'm glad they were included for completeness sake. All in all it's a great volume if you can find it for cheap. Apparently as originally published, Deathlok's story was left hanging when Astonishing Tales was abruptly cancelled in the mid-1970s. The character then bounced around for several months in Marvel Team-Up & Marvel Two-in-One & Marvel Spotlight. Then a few years later, JM DeMatties picked up some of the story's plot threads during his stint on Captain America and finished off Deathlok's story nicely.

Well done, Marvel for including all the post-Astonishing Tales issues. In the back of the book, there are several extras included (original art, origin interview with the creators, short stories from anthology titles, etc) which I enjoyed. I hope this review was useful.
Good Refresher March 25 2014
By Mike DaKidd - Published on Amazon.com
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Deathlok was my first believable literary encounter with a dystopian future not far beyond the horizon. His story was horror mixed with science, technology and spirituality, rage, and love. The art was cutting-edge, and indeed the artwork in the original stories still holds its own nicely. Sadly, Marvel seemed to lose its interest or direction with this character and the story faded. I have been excited to see Deathlok re-introduced on Marvel's Agent of Shield - a show that seems to be recovering from a savaging by fanboys and critics who either don't realize, or have forgotten how long it took for Marvel to establish the universe that holds all its characters and storylines, and how things developed over months and years, through different characters, the same characters in different books or other characters' books, and so on. Anyway. Deathlok the Demolisher was the modern-day Frankenstein's monster wrought all the more terrify and horrible through modern technology, and technology to come, through a fevered nightmare vision. Rich Buckler, Doug Moench, and Bill Mantlo have still not been surpassed in their work on this character who appeared apparently far before his time. I look forward to seeing how his story develops in his latest incarnation in current media...


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