Finally. DC Comics is now making Jack Kirby’s New Gods comic books available on digital platforms.
More than 45 years after Jack Kirby laid the foundation of the Fourth World, we are now able to see his original works in crystal clear digital comics.
Both the original 11 issue run from 1971 and the 6 issue 1984 reprint series are available on digital comic sites. DON’T BUY BOTH! The 1984 reprints the original series, except it includes 2 issues for every 1 of the 1971 series.
So, essentially, you are getting 2 issues for the price of 1 if you buy the 1984 series. It also includes a new story from Kirby as the second half of 1984 issue #6.
Having these comics available on Kindle or Comixology is a boon for Kirby’s Fourth World Fans. Previously, you could only read them by hunting back issues, an out-of-print black-and-white trade paperback, or the expensive Fourth World Omnibuses. Those Fourth World Omnibuses are also out-of-print and very expensive.
Now fans can have these epic stories available anywhere and anytime. Kirby’s Fourth World run of the Forever People from 1971 was also made available digitally last year. That run includes issues #1-11.
Hopefully this means the rest of Kirby’s Fourth World issues will be released digitally soon. We are now halfway there. Only missing is his work on Mister Miracle and Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen. Kirby was the writer and artist for all 4 titles, after coming over to DC after leaving Marvel Comics.
The New Gods comic book was the key to the 4 series that created Kirby’s Fourth World. The story focuses on Orion, Lightray, and Highfather in their never-ending struggle with Darkseid from Apokolips.
This series serves as many of the first appearance’s from the majority of the New Gods characters. This includes Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s uncle who is set to be the main villain in Zack Snyder’s 2017 Justice League film. If you are looking to read up on Steppenwolf, you won’t get much from this series. His first appearance isn’t until issue #7 (or #4 of the 1984 series).
The quality of the digital comics is outstanding, considering the art was originally done in the early 1970s. You can see what it looks like in the image below. It is fantastic to be able to see Kirby’s original vision for these larger-than-life characters.
Whether you are a Jack Kirby or DC Comics fan, you owe it to yourself to try out the New Gods. The New Gods have had a few comic book runs to themselves over the years and popped in many other DC stories, but none have been able to outshine “The King’s” magic.
While some of the dialogue can be very dated, everything else that Kirby was going for comes across in these pages. The art and story help to create the scope of a massive battle. This isn’t your typical superhero story. This is a war among the New Gods.
If you are a new to the New Gods or the Fourth World, I recommend trying out an issue. What you should find is an epic cosmic universe.