Review: Kirby Genesis #3

Published on September 13th, 2011

I must admit I have only become a recent convert to the religion that is Jack Kirby. He has been at the forefront of creating some of the biggest icons in comic history. When Jack died, he left behind a legacy of work, some finished and some not. Kirby: Genesis is dedicated to both his memory and his life’s work. People feel that he and his unfinished work are a subject too precious to touch, and I agree that if the material is not handled correctly, it could be a mistake. However, is Kirby: Genesis #3 betraying Jack and his work, or celebrating it? Read on to find out.

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Kirby: Genesis is a really cool concept. They have taken all Jack’s unfinished works and concepts and have developed full worlds and stories around them. The idea is not unlike when other authors finish books after a novelist has died. This is a love letter to Jack, and it shows. The art style by Alex Ross and Jack Herbert exemplifies Kirby’s art style and grander for loud, interesting looking characters on the page. There have only been three issues – four if you count issue zero – and every one takes you to a universe carefully crafted with Kirby’s artful spirit behind it. Even the lead “Everyman” character is named Kirby! If you are a fan of Jack’s work, this is the book for you!

Kirby: Genesis #3 is still building on the concept that aliens and super beings are showing up on earth and slowly spreading all over the globe. While these godlike beings from different times and different universes cover the world, Kirby is caught in the middle of it. This is classic Kirby-style storytelling that Kurt Busiek is doing. He shows us how overwhelming it is for Kirby, and thus echoes how overwhelming it is for the reader. The only thing bad I can say about this book is that it is almost too overwhelming! It is creating and setting up so many different plot points that it can seem a bit dizzying, but MAN what a ride.

Final Verdict: Through Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross and Jack Herbert, Kirby: Genesis is able to explode with the same energy and passion that Jack “The King” Kirby thrust upon the comic industry. Don’t miss another issue and you to can be transported to a world vibrant with Kirby!

Sheldon Lee

Sheldon@comicimpact.com