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The perfect blend of prose and pictures, by the perfect blend of talents, Kirby and Royer.
These first 3 issues of 2001 must have been special because Jack's pencils were much tighter than later issues. In fact they were the tightest of all his later Marvel work, in my opinion. And Mike's inks were icing on the cake!
...the second half of the "Marak the Merciless" storyline. A compact, beautifully effective and innovative plot -- like all of the first seven issues, really. Some of the finest work Kirby ever did.
Incidentally, another thing I Iiked about this series was the way Jack had the Monolith floating off the ground, which wasn't in the movie, obviously. But it was a brilliant touch which showed how the King was always looking for ways to make his comics special -- in this case to differentiate them from the movie itself, and to provide something extra that the film couldn't offer, in order to compensate for the things that the comics couldn't offer, like motion and sound. All of Kirby's 2001 comics were exceptionally imaginative and unique works which were more than worthy of both the film and the Arthur C. Clarke novel.