Illuminati #1


Capsule Review

Disappointing. Brian Michael Bendis and Brian Reed’s Illuminati was one of the better Marvel books of recent years. Sure, it was a bunch of guys sitting around a table talking about their problems, but what Bendis book isn’t? I thought the idea of a secret society of Marvel’s most powerful thinkers, rulers, and futurists coming together to head-off world-shaking problems (and generally coming up short) was a great idea. Alas, this new book borrows from the old only in title, as the Hood recruits a band of bad guys to do bad things (which may all be part of a double game, but I won’t be sticking around to find out). Writer Joshua Williamson wrings some pathos out of characters like Absorbing Man and Titania trying to go straight, but Shawn Crystal’s cartoon-style art seems a poor fit for a story that wants to be grim-and-gritty.

Approachability For New Readers

It’s fine, although it helps to know a bit about the Hood, and his past failures.

Read #2?


Sales Rank

(#50 November)

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Illuminati #1



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Posted on December 15, 2015, in Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The black pinhead guy is Absorbing man?
    What happened to… Well, Absorbing man, the one with jumbo ears?


  2. OK, I just checked on Marvel’s website and it ain’t Absorbing man…
    I repeat, that’s not Absorbing man but Thunderball (former Wrecking Crew member, the one carrying a wrecking ball).

    So, we can safely conclude that Absorbing man still goes around with jumbo ears.

    The pin-sized-head is till a headache, though.


    • My bad for mistaking him for Absorbing Man — all I saw was the wrecking ball, and I leapt to the wrong conclusion. (Though in my defense, given the way everyone is drawn in this book, I might as easily have taken him for Paste Pot Pete!)


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