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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Nov. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785130500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785130505
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,544,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6bfb048) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a92c48) out of 5 stars 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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a94090) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa6fb96d8) out of 5 stars 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!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a940e4) out of 5 stars A great start for the post-apocalyptic self-loathing cyborg character movement Nov. 14 2012
By Graham G - 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bf92e8) out of 5 stars Solid science fiction story that pulls a reader in. Jan. 16 2016
By Rich M. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is truly a work that's ahead of its time by a decade. Deathlok's original, unfettered series in Astonishing Tales was a highwater mark for Marvel in the seventies: It hit the ground running and there were so many thematic innovations. Cyberpunk, Robocop, The Matrix, and many other sci-fi franchises owe a debt to Deathlok, since a lot of the now-common place themes were done first in the stories reprinted in this volume. This is what Marvel should STILL be doing, instead of endless crossovers and events - creating and publishing good, solid stories.

Doug Moench manages to make what might be a convoluted tale interesting and understandable for the youngster I was when I read it for the first time. He also managed to make a reader feel for this death-dealing cyborg, which considering the body count of the series, was a near-miraculous feat itself. The artwork is pencilled by comic book legend Rich Buckler; if Jack Kirby was the King of Marvel Comics' Sixties, Rich Buckler was the Crown Prince of the Seventies. The only artist who comes close to being as omnipresent (and as good) as him was the Royal Regent in the form of John Buscema.

This is a book any comic book of science fiction fan should have in their library. There is a cheaper color trade paperback of the same work out now (Deathlok the Demolisher The Complete Collection) as well, but if you can get this one for a reasonable price (I spent perhaps $10 more for this one than the trade on Amazon's Marketplace), I think this is one to get, just for the durability.