Origins mini mask marvels set
The Marvels Project by Ed BrubakerThanks to whoever suggested I read this, but as an Ed Brubaker guy I was bound to get to it eventually. This one is ambitious, drawn lovingly by Steve Epting, colored by Dave Stewart, and gives a nostalgic, retro and human feel to the Golden Age of comics. We get the origins of a band of not Thor or Hulk type superheroes, mostly regular guys, with an ala-Brubaker-Epting noir/Gotham Central vibe to it, maybe making the idea of superhero comics accessible to a wider audience. Why was it there was such a surge of interest in them in the forties (and for Brubaker, a big fan of this era)?
Brubaker, the best interpreter of Captain America, is maybe best with the Cap here, but all the characters in this world whose origins they tell seem poetically done, somehow. The time is the late thirties leading up to WWII, when there might be a need for the axis to require extraordinary heroism, maybe even superheroism. Angel tells the story, leading right up to Pearl Harbor.
So you get stories of the Human Torch, Bucky, Red Skull, Nick Fury, and others. Minor league folks, for the most part, which allows for some human backstories. One example is The Human Torch, created by scientists, a guy who becomes a flame when exposed to oxygen but doesnít burn out.
Itís a lot, with the stories of many characters coming at you, so that part of it is a little challenging to someone who knows Captain America but not the Human Torch, but it provides a serious context for reading him and others. When it is about characters you know little about it is almost meta-comics; itís a comic about the need for and love of comics. It talks about that move from saving people from domestic conflicts, from burning buildings to global threats, howís it all born of the same foundation, whether crime-fighting or world war, itís patriotism. Itís fighting bad guys for the good of mankind. Itís doing good. Brubaker and Epting make art out of pulp.
Itís comics lore, itís history. Itís really good stuff, well done. Now I guess I have to read Kurt Busiekís Marvels as a companion piece.
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Origins Mini Mask Marvels Set
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Subtotal: items in your basket. Treat your skin to the purifying qualities of Origins' Mini Mask Marvels. The trio of travel-sized face mask works with your skin to help replenish moisture, banish impurities and restore natural radiance. Original Skin Clay Mask 30ml A 2-in-1 face mask that works to deeply cleanse and exfoliate your skin, restoring vitality back into your complexion. Enriched with a blend of beneficial ingredients, including Mediterranean rose clay and Canadian willowherb, the renewing formula gently but deeply cleanses your skin whilst exfoliating jojoba beads polish and refine skin's texture to combat dullness and roughness.
A lighter version of the popular Drink Up overnight mask, this can be applied and removed after a soak in the tub. It has the same consistency and a similar, if lighter fruity scent and soaks in quickly to the skin. This hero of a product is the reason I bought the set in the first place. As the name implies, Drink Up is designed to be worn overnight. For me this is the rogue of the set. After using it a couple of times, my skin does feel clean but also a little tight, so if you suffer from the same fate you might want to consider giving it to a friend with normal to oily skin instead. NB This gift set is currently sold out on the Origins website but take a look in your nearest House of Fraser or Selfridges and you might be in luck!