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Darkseid vs. Galactus: The Hunger (1995)


Purchase price: $1

This is a nice square bound format book co-published by DC and Marvel that originally came out the same year my involvement with comics tailed off to pretty much nothing, which explains why I never heard of this before.  The story takes place before Galactus parted ways with his herald, the Silver Surfer.  I’ve always liked the Surfer and Galactus (as much as one can like Galactus), and I’ve recently gained a deep appreciation for Kirby’s Fourth World, so this is a great combination for me.

The story, written and drawn by John Byrne, revolves around Galactus being hungry like he always is (just like the title says) and looking for a new planet to eat.  As this takes place before Galactus parts ways with his most famous herald, it is the Surfer who finds the planets of New Genesis and Apokolips and thinks they might make a nice midnight snack for his boss.  New Genesis’ Highfather sees trouble coming and uses Lightray’s power to hide the planet.  Darkseid also senses big problems ahead, but instead of hiding he prepares to fight; he is Darkseid after all.  The rest of the issue is a series of fight scenes between Silver Surfer and Parademons, Silver Surfer and Orion, Darkseid and Galactus.  We also get appearances by DeSaad, the Black Racer and a glimpse of the Watcher.  It’s interesting to see the juxtaposition of these iconic Kirby characters; their similarities really stand out in a pleasant way. It’s not much of spoiler to say Galactus doesn’t eat Apokolips, but the reason is maddeningly obvious once you read it, but not so much before then, so overall a very satisfying read.

As previously mentioned this is one of those square bound format books, so it has all of the nice glossy paper that makes the colors pop off the page.  I always enjoy reading about the Fourth World characters; in my opinion one of the King’s greatest and under-rated creations.

For a buck I feel like I got my money’s worth, and would definitely recommend it. This was $4.95 when it was first published, and I guess even at that point it was still worth the price of admission.

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