The GeeksverseKirby Genesis #1

Kirby Genesis #1
Published on Tuesday, June 21, 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; E- Dale Keown
Editor: Jospeh Rybandt

This story has an interesting premise. Two mysterious figures arrive over Minneapolis and the next day lots of comic book craziness happens; from an ancient city under the earth to visitors from alien planets and dimensions. It’s an interesting way to get all these crazy Jack Kirby concepts into one shared universe and into one comic all at once.

For that, it works very nice. All these concepts wouldn’t work together otherwise. It remains to be seen exactly why they are all appearing at once. But as a concept, I like it.

What I didn’t like was parts of the script. The narration was a bit off, with the captions talking about the events as if they had already happened and sometimes it didn’t line up with the current action. And the part where Kirby turns and talks to us, that part really didn’t work and takes the reader out of the story.

Breaking the 4th wall is an interesting device when done right and in this case it wasn’t.

The use of Kirby as the first name for the main character also didn’t work for me. The title of the book is “Kirby: Genesis” and unless Kirby, the character, has some kind of genesis it defeats the purpose of using the name for him. I know the book is a tribute to the ideas of the late Jack Kirby, but using it as a first name for the main character causes the title to have a different meaning.

I’m interested in seeing where Busiek and Ross are taking this and if the characters will end up having any lasting tread, ability to stay relevant and build more stories from them.

Herbert’s art is nice. He doesn’t seem to be invoking Kirby-esque layouts as much as he did in the 0 issue, but the layouts are still varied and different. He breaks the panels in well chosen spots creating some interesting visuals.

Kirby Genesis #1 receives
4 out of 5

An interesting way of bringing all those characters together.

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