The GeeksverseKirby Genesis #0

Kirby Genesis #0
Published on Saturday, May 28, 2011 by

Written by: Kurt Busiek
Art by: Jack Herbert and Alex Ross
Colored by: Vinicius Andrade
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Cover Art: A- Alex Ross; B- Paul Renaud; C- Ryan Sook
Editor: Jospeh Rybandt

Awhile ago Dynamite got ahold of some of Jack Kirby’s unused or little-used concepts. With the help of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, Dynamite is going to let them see the light of day in Genesis.

The opening ties into Kirby’s personal history. In 1971 NASA launched Pioneer 10 and they wanted to include a little about humanity so that any aliens would know who we are. The Los Angeles Times asked artists to give their ideas of what should go on the plague. Jack Kirby’s idea is finally able to appear on Pioneer 10. Except this time it’s the one in the pages of Genesis.

Pioneer 10 rockets through space and encounters a warp hole. The probe rockets through many dimensions and planets, encountering some of the concepts that will make up the world of Genesis.

It’s a nice way to do the zero issue, to show some of the concepts. The tone feels like it’s straight out of the 70s and 80s. It doesn’t feel like a modern comic. Which is good. It’s supposed to be a tribute to Kirby and his ideas, so the tone fits perfectly.

We don’t get much of a taste of the ideas, just a quick one page. But the issue, as well as the art pages in the back, do show enough to make Genesis interesting. It’ll be interesting to see if Kirby’s ideas stand up to the test of time and resonate with today’s audience like they would if done during his heyday.

Herbert’s art works perfectly. Like the tone, the art has it’s moments where it seems like Herbert is channeling his inner Kirby. The large shot of Captain Victory looks like Kirby did it himself. The layouts are interesting and visually gripping.

Kirby Genesis #0 receives
4 out of 5

A good introduction to what Genesis will be about.

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