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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