Review: Inhuman #1
CHARLES SOULE – Writer
JOE MADUREIRA – Artist
Variant Cover by Humberto Ramos
VARIANT Cover by J. Scott Campbell
VARIANT Cover by Milo Manara
Design VARIANT by JOE MADUREIRA
Blank Cover Variant Also Available
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There are exactly two irrefutable facts that are associated with any comic book event. Whether it’s a good event or a bad event, from Marvel or from DC, Universe-wide or character-centric, all events try to be epic and all events lead to yet another event. And so it was with Marvel’s last mega-event Infinity. While most of that series was broken up into two stories – an intergalactic war in space and the threat of Thanos on Earth – there was another facet of that tale that ended up being the only immediately gratifying part of the entire story. Unfortunately, just like that war in space left us with more questions than answers and Thanos is still trapped in his golden toaster oven prison, the third facet of Hickman’s mega-event, Black Bolt blowing up his Terrigen Bomb, is also far from being finished. Although the 3-sided story that was Infinity ended up being pretty epic (fact 1), it simply couldn’t escape the trend of having it’s very own follow-up event (fact 2), and I give you Inhuman.
The coolest aspect of this book that I got from the solicits was the introduction of some really cool characters, and this first ish delivered. After the Terrigen Bomb went off, it spread a cloud of Terrigen Mists (the magical cloud that brings out the latent abilities in Inhumans), and, as we learned in Infinity, there are lots of people on Earth with enough Inhuman DNA to get swept up in that cloud. And that’s where Inhuman opens. We see this Terrigen cloud sweeping across the world, turning unbeknownst people into super-powered, sometimes, super-ugly, Inhumans, after they come out of the cocoon stage (of course). And, no, Steve Gutenberg was NOT in this comic. It was a lot of fun seeing these new characters and getting to know them. Writer Charles Soule does a brilliant job of making the characters both compelling and frightening, but does so without forcing matters at all. The story also peeks in on longtime fan-favorite Inhuman Medusa, and while this slowed things down a little bit overall, it was nice to have an anchor to the traditional Inhuman Royal Family we’ve all grown to love, and Medusa’s story of a Queen without a Throne searching for her king and trying to rebuild her kingdom is really intriguing. Joe Madureira was the artist on this book. That’s really all I need to say about the art; it’s jaw-dropping amazing work.
While I have nothing negative to say about the art in any way, shape, or form, Charles Soule his hitting the ball out of the park with this, as well. But it IS an event, and it’s got to try to be epic (fact 1), and I’m not sure Soule quite has his footing as stable as he would like on this first issue. He’s a young writer, this is his first big event, and he’s touching on a lot of things in this first issue. So many things, in fact, that it’s really easy to get lost in it all. Every other page is jumping in location and, in many instances, time, and new characters, and old characters, that it’s a whirlwind of a ride, and often times hard to hold onto. Additionally, this book isn’t going to have the same impact at all if you didn’t read Infinity (fact 2) and you’re going to find yourself completely lost without that back-story. Yeah, I guess it’s the nature of the beast, but I wish one of these publishers would get a leash on that thing.
You have to judge the first issue of an event book, ANY event book, on the same level as other events. Because of the inherent elements of events themselves, it’s simply not fair to weigh their quality against other launches. They have to do everything they do in a limited number of issues; they have to be epic (fact 1) and they not only have to follow a path already established in a previous event, but they also have to lay the groundwork for an event that is sure to follow (fact 2); and it has to do all this while still being entertaining. Inhuman #1 accomplished just about all of this in this very early, very in-depth, first issue, and it represents a solid start to the event. Soule may be showing his inexperience a bit with this start, but I have no doubt that his structure will be better than his foundation, and that foundation wasn’t really all that terrible to begin with. The real saving grace of this book is Joey Mad’s awesome work on the art, and the ish is worth getting for that, and that alone.
Story: 3 Out of 5
Art: 5 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out of 5