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Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Journey into Mystery - Volume 2 Hardcover – Jun 3 2009

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For the comics afficionado only... June 23 2009
By Jim Davis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I rate these comics collections on three levels:

1.) How good is the reproduction? In the present instance : superb. Collection Editor Cory Sedlmeier has done a fantastic job on the Marvel Masterworks series. This gets a full 3 stars from me. I weight reproduction heavier than art or writing because this is a major rationale for the Masterworks series - making available material that would be very difficult and expensive to obtain otherwise.

2.) How good is the art? A full star here. Whether you like quality or variety you won't be disappointed. The only possible complaint would be the dearth of famous names like Kirby and Ditko but in a sequential series such as this this one nothing can be done about that.

3.) The writing is the big weakness. If you want sophisticated adult level scripting you had best stick with the EC Archive series - you won't find it here. Everything is pitched to a 10 year old level except the text pieces which could have been written by 10 year olds.

In summary, this volume is for the comics enthusiast. Neither the casual adult or child will find much of interest - the former will find the stories too crude and simple, the latter too dated.