The Inhumans have been more important than ever, having just come off a battle with the X-Men and also showing up in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. That makes this new one-shot from Marvel as important as any comic this week if you’re interested in major storylines from the house of ideas. This issue is key to their future, but is it good?
Inhumans Prime #1 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Read our full preview to find out more!
Why does this book matter?
Al Ewing has been writing a fantastic series over on U.S.Avengers so this book is in good hands. It also allows folks like myself, who haven’t been paying too much attention to the Inhumans, to see what is going on with them.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue opens well as it recaps where the Inhumans are at concerning the state of the X-Men removing the Terrigen Cloud. It’s not looking so great for them now that Inhumans can’t be created as easily. Cut to the Grand Canyon where Triton, Lineage, The Unspoken and Maximus are going for a little stroll. By the end of the issue it’s made rather clear Maximus is a real dirt bag as he treats other Inhumans very poorly. Much of this issue proves that and then focuses on his take down. Essentially there’s a war between the ranks as the Inhumans attempt to lock down one of their own.
This supplies the issue with action, with the closing quarter of the book focused on where the Inhumans go from here. Maximus is Black Bolt’s brother–which certainly complicates things–but the king and queen concept is out the window. This issue focuses on that changing of power, which is an important moment as that’s been a major facet of the Inhumans for a long time. With the monarchy element changing comes a surprise appearance near the end of the issue, which should spur on a whole new type of story.
The art by Ryan Sook and Chris Allen is very tight, with strong inks by Sook, Walden Wong and Keith Champagne. There’s a dark moodiness to the pages that helps amp up the dramatic feel and realism of the scenes. The color by Paul Mounts keeps that realism high with more realistic color tones. The action flows nicely and even in heavy dialogue scenes the story progresses without a hitch. The first half of the book has thinner line work that’s more traditional to superhero comics with the second half given a cel-shaded look. The style change isn’t unnatural by any means and the more realistic vibe permeates throughout.
I’m never eating meat again.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Beyond the fight and a revelation or two later in the issue, this is mostly conflicts via dynamics set up prior. I wasn’t necessarily bored or confused, but I wasn’t all that intrigued. It’s my fault for not reading what led to this, but if you’re a new reader like me you might fight yourself muttering, “So what?”
Is It Good?
A good one-shot that sets up a new series well and puts a period on a few Inhuman things. It looks good doing it, and may satisfy longtime readers, though I did feel a bit out of the loop having not read previous issues.