Uncanny Inhumans #1
UNCANNY INHUMANS #1
I am perennially intrigued by the Inhumans, but have yet to really spark to one of their series, and this latest take is no exception. I love Black Bolt and Medusa, and this book’s deep dive into Inhuman pre-history and the emerging role of Inhumans in the outside world should be right in my wheelhouse, but I found the story less than the sum-of-its-parts. Maybe it needed more Lockjaw. (Maybe it needed ANY Lockjaw!). I’m not sold on the editorial shotgun marriage of the Inhumans with refugee characters from the X-Men and the Fantastic Four (but at least Johnny Storm has a long history here). Steve McNiven’s art was a bit stiffer than I recall from his Captain America days. Charles Soule did an admirable job with a complicated story, but his dialogue was a little expository in places — the consequence of everyone calling everyone else by their names, which benefits new readers but is clunky to the ear. (Jim Shooter used to be able to pull off that kind of dialogue better than anybody). I will say this for the book, though — it has a great appearance by Kang the Conquerer, who has always been a C-list bad guy, but the seeds are sown here to recast him as someone truly memorable.
Approachability For New Readers
So-so. The Inhumans have a complicated history and this book doesn’t run from any of it. You will be at least a little lost.
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Posted on November 25, 2015, in Reviews and tagged All-New All-Different Marvel, Charles Soule, Marvel Comics, Steve McNiven. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
Did you just refer to Kang the Conqueror as a C-List villain? Wow…….
Guilty as charged!
Maybe he’s B-List, but he’s sure not higher than that.
We can have a nice little nerd skirmish about this one, I am sure!
I reserve the A-List for arch-nemesis types like Galactus, Doctor Doom, Thanos, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Kingpin, Ultron, Red Skull, Loki.
C-Listers are the dross … guys like Stilt-Man, Batroc, Whiplash.
Everyone else is in-between. That’s where we get the Skrulls, the Wrecking Crew, M.O.D.O.K., the Lizard.
So, sure, Kang can run with those B-list guys, I suppose, but I’ve always found him kind of a joke. For a guy with his power and potential I’m not sure he’s ever really moved the needle. I do like him in this book, though, as he uses time in inventive ways, and seems threatening in ways I don’t recall from past stories. (And I say this as a guy who actually likes Kang, 70s Marvel fan that I am).
The Inhumans were great supportive characters, when handled by Kirby, but himself didn’t got the chance to put them solidly on tracks in their own title… Frankly, what could we expect from “regular” writers when, already, they can barely follow on the King’s footsteps?
It is fascinating to see Kirby return to the idea of secret gods and hidden offshoots of man, time and again: Inhumans, New Gods, Eternals; even his Asgardians and his Devil Dinosaur tread similar ground.
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