New Gods v1 #8, 1972 - The cover layout is a bit cramped for my taste, without a clear focal point on a single character. Thankfully, Jack Kirby and inker Mike Royer continue their impressive efforts inside. Kalibak of Apokolips wreaks havoc on Earth, and the scenes are typically abundant in action and wanton destruction. Ironically, the story art's high point is page 6, depicting a more poignant setting of the New Gods' arrival on a city rooftop. Their dramatic entrance is unnoticed by a young couple in conversation, and the artist gives us a juxtaposition of fantasy and normality. A short Fastbak tale follows the main story, but lacks the artistry of the previous pages. A Simon and Kirby Manhunter reprint from the golden age wraps up the issue. This is number 8 of 11 New Gods issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or New Gods issues.
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Kirby cover pencils (Mike Royer inks) = ***
"The Death Wish of Terrible Turpin" Kirby story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 23 pages = ***
"Beat the Black Racer" Kirby story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 3 pages = **- - - - - - - - - -
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