Released On: 28 August 2019
Rating: Rated 9+
Writer: Various; Star Wars page: Charles Soule
Penciler: Various; Star Wars page: Terry Dobson
Cover Artist: Alex Ross (33 variants available… and counting!)
THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we have gathered together the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comic book luminaries! There is a mystery that threads throughout the Marvel Universe — one that has its origins in MARVEL COMICS #1 and which unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! What is the Eternity Mask, and who is responsible for the conspiracy to keep it hidden? And what new player will make their startling debut as these secrets are peeled away? Featuring the entirety of the Marvel Universe of characters!
Talk about a bumper comic! Let’s start with what this is. This is a history lesson in Marvel, lots of individual pages that connect together to form an overarching story, coming from all the stories ever features in a Marvel comic. It’s a great way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Marvel. The overriding story is about the Thunderer; The Dark Avenger. Each writer and artist have been given a single page, not an easy task. Hemingway was the master of the short story, being able to write a story in a short sentence. For comics, I think this is even more restrictive. How do you write a story that can stand by itself, in one page?
Now I like Marvel, I’ve read a graphic novel here and there but most of my knowledge comes from the MCU and watching the cartoons on television in the early nineties. I’m sure most true comic fans would agree, that that doesn’t really give me much knowledge at all. So, a lot of the pages here go way beyond me. However, what is there, I really liked. There is a fact on almost every page and it’s interesting to note what was happening when.
But were here for something else, we’re here for the Star Wars page. Yes, it is in here. It’s written by one of my favourites Charles Soule and it doesn’t add anything to the overall story of the Thunderer. For this I am glad, as to try and make it fit would have felt extremely forced. The story (if we can call it that) takes place during the time of the Rebellion and features Darth Vader. This was never going to tell us much, yet Soule is able to squeeze every last bit from a single page. We find that an X-wing pilot has sacrificed themselves to defeat Vader and in true Vader fashion, he’s not really gone. It is a simple story that works very well, particularly considering the confines of a single page. Yet what I really like about this, are the questions you want to know. Who made the sacrifice? Why was it so bad that a single x-wing had to make this sacrifice? What happened to just firing a proton torpedo at the dark lord? It’s these surrounding questions that make the story enjoyable as well as wanting us to know more.
The artwork by Dobson utilises the space well, and the panel of Vader emerging is great. I will say that Dobson doesn’t add too much detail to his work, which I think works well here. With so little space, an artist has to help lead your imagination to fill in the blanks, to help create that grand idea.
Is this comic worth a purchase for a Star Wars fan, probably not. As good as the page is, with the higher price point for this issue, I don’t think it’s worth it. However, if you are looking for something to whet your appetite for Marvel comics and have a quick history lesson at the same time, this issue is wonderful. There is some incredible work here, both in terms of art and writing. It is a feast for the mind and eyes and I’m sure fans of Marvel will love the story that seems to encapsulate stories from eighty years ago. What it does make me want and being a fan of Dark Horses’ Star Wars Tales, is an issue like this for Star Wars. The galaxy is big enough for something like this, and it’s comics like this that allow writers and artists to really shine and be creative. Maybe I’m wanting too much…
Marvel Comics #1000 is a one-shot comic from Marvel and available from all good comic stores now. This issue retails at $9.99