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The Eternalsby Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr.
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You are thousands of years old. You have amazing powers. You have watched civilizations rise and fall. So why does no one remember any of this?
Bestselling Author Neil Gaiman (Marvel: 1602, Anansi Boys, Sandman) is joined by superstar artist John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine) to present a tale that will change the Eternals and the Marvel Universe forever!
Collects Eternals #17.
"'Jack Kirby's old Eternals series gets a serious dusting-off from Gaiman (Anansi Boys) and artist Romita. The Eternals, a super-race, are now scattered and forgetful of their powers and immortality, living mortal human lives of supreme normalcy (Sersi is a New York party girl, while Makkari believes himself to be Bellevue ER doc Mark Curry). Meanwhile their age-old enemies, the Deviants, stalk the earth with nefarious intentions, and at least one of the super-duper-race Celestials (who created both Deviants and Eternals eons ago) may be returning to Earth. The source of all this forgetfulness and strife appears to be the eternally 11-year-old Sprite, who desires to be allowed to age like an actual human. It is easy to spot Gaiman's touch in this modern-day clash between ancient forces, as he shies away from Kirby's '70s-era, Chariots of God-style alien mythologizing to focus more on the characters' slow coming to grips with the enormity of their identity and the loss of humanity that comes from being an Eternal. Romita's storytelling is strong without coming near Kirby's epochal original. While Gaiman fans will still sign up, it isn't long before the tale gets tangled in the Olympian scope of this often baffling struggle." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Gaiman reboots [the series]...respecting the source material but retooling events with a plotline that lets readers rediscover the complicated Eternals cosmology alongside the characters. John Romita Jr.'s bright, lovely art fleshes things out in grand style. Is there an antiquated comic character out there whom Gaiman can't improve? (Grade: A)" The Onion AV Club
"Piling several mysteries on top of one another, Gaiman has created a complex, but entertaining miniseries." IGN.com
"Does It Deliver? More for artist Romita Jr.'s stylistic echoes of Kirby's chunky dynamism than for star writer Gaiman's energetically reverent but overly familiar story." Entertainment Weekly
"Gaiman and Romita Jr. do a stellar job of resuscitating and updating this truly fantastic Jack Kirby concept for a modern audience and incorporating it into the current Marvel universe." PopMatters.com
"[A] solid mini-series for the 21st century..." Ain't It Cool News
"An intriguing plot and amazing visuals....One of the most entertaining and exciting Marvel titles I've had the pleasure to read in a long while." Silver Bullet Comics
You are thousands of years old. You have amazing powers. You have watched civilizations rise and fall — so why does no one remember any of this? Bestselling Author Neil Gaiman (Marvel: 1602, Anansi Boys, Sandman) is joined by superstar artist John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine) to bring you the eagerly-awaited event of 2006 — Eternals!! Ike Harris has dreams of adventures, love affairs and betrayals, but no one involved remembers or believes him. And who is trying to kill him to keep him from talking about it?
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times bestselling children's book Coraline and of the picture books The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by Dave McKean. He wrote the script for the film MirrorMask and is also the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning novels and short stories for adults, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. Among his many awards are the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
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