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Marvel has finally gotten around to collecting this fan favourite series by the late great Mark Gruenwald.
Gruenwald was the Marvel historian & go - to guy that other writers asked for help from, regarding continuity issues - & he therefore knew how to integrate his stories into then current Marvel lore.
Quasar is a young hero - who had appeared intermittently in various other series, as a SHIELD Super-Agent in Captain America & as Security Head for Project Pegasus in the Thing's Marvel Two-in-One series. Here, following a short story about how Wendall first got the Quantum Bands & became Quasar - we then catch up with him on a space trip back to where the Bands came from,( & used by the 1950's Marvel Boy), & his "promotion" to the next Protector of the Universe,(previously held by Captain Marr-vell).
On his return to Earth - Quasar soon sets up his own business in the Baxter Building, home of the Famtastic Four & then is approached by Captain America to join the Avengers.
Next, we follow Quasar through the cross-over event of the Acts of Vengeance, where he tracks down & takes on various villains including the Absorbing Man, Living Laser & Venom + an encounter with a cosmically powered Spider-Man!
.... & this is just the tip of the iceberg, as there is much more included here! You can see how so easily Gruenwald fitted together the puzzle pieces of the greater Marvel Universe!
Highly recommended series & welcome addition to my library - Volume 2 would be the same Marvel! ( I don't want to wait 4 years between volumes like I did with Alpha Flight Classic!)
Je me régale à lire ces aventures de Quasar, superbement illustrées Paul Ryan (qui vient de nous quitter) et sur des histoires de Mark Gruenwald. Le fan de comic books que je suis se régale, c'est très rafraichissant et toujours aussi efficace. Dans la noirceur actuelle des éditeurs de bd, c'est une bouffée d'oxygène. FF
Wendell Vaughn is not an edgy hero. He is not a mutant. He does not stand atop mounds of corpses with brandished talons or blazing guns. Indeed, the very first issue of his eponymous series plainly states his definitive character trait: he lacks a killer instinct. In short, he was not the hero readers were looking for in the late eighties and early nineties when this series was published. Too bad, because this was one of the best series Marvel ever put out.
Previously, when Marvel presented us with a cosmic hero, we got a noble alien outsider like the wandering Silver Surfer, the outcast Captain Mar-Vell, and the endlessly-martyred Adam Warlock. Mark Gruenwald--most underrated writer Marvel has ever had--wanted to try putting an everyman in the shoes of the cosmic champion, and the Quasar series was the result. Here we have a hero charged with the mantle of Protector of the Universe, and he really has no idea how to go about it. Who would?
The big problem with this trade is that it ends just when the series was starting to hit its stride. The first dozen issues or so follow the traditional path laid out for putting new superheroes through their paces: lots of crossovers and cameos by popular, established heroes. We get the inevitable Spider-Man team-up, plus stories that feature X-Calibur and the Human Torch. Various stabs are taken at exploring the limits of his powers and trying to find a viable archenemy.
Personally, I feel this series might have been better served through the Essentials line of black-and-white compilations. The series really took off with #13, which begins an amazing four-parter, and keeps building steam until the double-sized 25th issue. It's a perfect size for another trade, but I have doubts about the probability of use ever seeing it.
Eh. When I was a 12 year old, I read some of the actual issues, and thought it was so amazing, that I wondered why the comic was no selling. Now looking at it as an adult, I see a character with a good premise, but the stories were way too simple for someone who is suppose to be a cosmic guardian of the universe.
However there are some stories in here which are absolutely epic! Over all, I would say it is a good buy.
I forgot how simple comics were back then, no social or political commentary, at least not anything without an X in its name, and how far technology has advanced since I originally read these as a kid. They explained what a laser is! Hahaha it kills me to think how far we have advanced since 89.
Mark Gruenwald die far too soon. One of the best of Marvel's writer / editors, Quasar felt like his dream project. He built a hero from the ground up but never failed to tell interesting tales deeply engrained in the Marvel Universe.
Mark Gruenwald was one of those writers and editors who was not as flashy as a lot of current writers. But his plot lines on Quasar, Captain America, and the Squadron Supreme mini-series were great. I hope they reprint the rest of the first 25 issues of Quasar, because it would be nice for the readers who did not read the original series to know who the menace was (I will not reveal who it was).
As here in Brazil we didn't followed the entire series due to publishing issues, it's wonderfull to have the chance to read and have all stories at our reach. I have particular interest for the B-list or C-list characters, and unfortunatelly Quasar fits on one of these. But these are really good stories! The 80's and some part of the 90's were filled with character driven plots, which suits for me. I hope that Marvel may continue this collection.