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Vol V: The Metamorphosis Odyssey by James P. Starlin

Diabolu Frank and Illegal Machine look at the early years of Epic Illustrated, Marvel Comics' bid at a Heavy Metal style mainstream newsstand anthology magazine. Launched with a Spring 1980 cover date, the magazine featured an unwieldy mix of creator-owned "indie" work, Robert E. Howard/Michael Moorcock fantasy adaptations, and corporate super-hero stuff like Silver Surfer saddle-stitched with a mix of thin glossy and heavy matte paper stocks (like Playboy back in the day.) More to the point, the boys focus on "The Metamorphosis Odyssey," Jim Starlin's sci-fi/fantasy, serialized across fourteen chapters and nine issues. Space pharaoh Aknaton spends millennia setting up a doomsday gambit to halt the onslaught of the Zygoteans across the Milky Wat galaxy before gathering his players and seeking to blow the Infinity Horn. You can also read the story in Slave Labor Graphics' (dismal) 2000 collection or Dynamite Entertainment's supreme hardcover, the b…

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