Review: Inhuman #12
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Ryan Stegman, Richard Isanove, and Rachelle Rosenberg
New Attilan is under siege by Ennilux, Queen Medusa finally has her mind back after all of the Axis shenanigans, and Black Bolt is back and ready for action. This is an action packed issue that in many ways caps off many of this title’s nagging plot threads from the last year.
As much as I love Charles Soule’s work and really want to get behind Inhuman, I will be the first to tell you that this title has been pretty inconsistent. First came the art delays, then once this series finally found its stride, Axis came and messed everything up again. Luckily, this issue seems to indicate that Soule is finding his stride yet again. It is filled with action, has some nice little character moments with the side characters, and finally wraps up some of its lingering plot threads. The biggest moment in this issue has to be the Black Bolt/ Medusa reunion. It is filled with love, heartbreak, and more than a little bit of rage which really rings true to the situation.
Stegman really has been a boon to this series. He is consistent and timely, which is always important when we are talking comics. He also does an excellent job with Black Bolt. Black Bolt can be a really difficult character for artists to render. He is almost a purely visual character so Stegman has to convey all of his thoughts and feeling with just expressions and body language. This isn’t an easy thing to do, but he does it with flying colors. Again, the Black Bolt/ Medusa reunion is filled with tons of emotion and I could tell how Black Bolt was feeling the entire time.
This book needs focus, and I think we are finally going to get that going forward. If Soule can find a focus and a purpose for the Inhumans then this title could be great instead of just being alright. As of right now things just seemed too scattered with no point to it and that needs to end.
Inhuman #12 is in many ways the cap off to the last year of the title. Many of the title’s lingering plot threads are resolved and we actually get to see Black Bolt in action. This title just needs to find its focus now and it can be great.