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Review: Inhuman #12

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.

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: December 3rd, 2014

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Avengers NOW!: Are More New Books on the Way?

When Marvel recently announced their latest promotional onslaught revolving around everything Avengers NOW!, most of the buzz surrounded the big changes coming to Captain America and Thor, with most of the push, seemingly, put behind a few new series and a lot of current ones. A closer look at the released teaser image for Marvel’s new branding shows-off a lot of good, a lot of potential, and maybe even a bit of mystery. Continue reading Avengers NOW!: Are More New Books on the Way?

Weekly Recs: Marvel Comics for May 28th, 2014

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Review: Inhuman #2

Inhuman 2

INHUMAN #2
CHARLES SOULE (WRITER) • JOE MADUREIRA (ARTIST)
Artist Variant by FRANK CHO
• New Inhumans are transformed every day as the Terrigen Mist spreads around the world.
• Queen Medusa finds herself face to face with Captain America, and it doesn’t go well.
• Who is Lash and what does he want with the new Inhumans?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

When Marvel decided to bring the Inhumans into a different sort of mainstream during the Infinity event I was a bit hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. It seemed like Marvel was simply giving the Inhumans the X-Men treatment, and I’d just rather read X-titles. Coupled with that was the untimely creator shakeup that saw Matt Fraction solicited to write the book with Charles Soule being the actual writer. This ultimately delayed the title long enough to make me wonder if it was even worth the trouble, but I’m glad I did. Inhuman is a great read and a fun introduction to a new take on an old brand.

The Good

While issue #1 of this series did a great job of setting up the driving story element of all the new Inhumans being “born” due to the terrigen mist cloud circling the globe, ish #2 doesn’t complete ignore this aspect, but puts an emphasis on the current state of the Inhuman Royal Family, namely Queen Medusa, who happens to be the only member left since Black Bolt’s disappearance. We learn a bit more about the new Inhuman Dante through some great training bits with long-time Inhuman Gorgon, and we meet a fascinating new member of the race called Lineage, but this issue really tries to display the nobility and honor of Medusa and the Royal Family, and how she’s been able to keep those foundations intact despite the terrible circumstances they find themselves in. Soule’s pacing is excellent and he’s got a real handle on the story he’s telling. You can tell he’s having a lot of fun with these new Inhumans he’s creating, and it’s a joy to see fresh takes on characters in a world with so many. What is there to say about Joe Madureira’s art? Joey Mad’s work is simultaneously beautiful, epic, and weird; it’s a perfect accompaniment to a story that will change the Inhumans forever.

The Bad

For some reason I assumed that Inhuman was a limited series, event sort, of title. But, looking at the solicits, it’s an on-going title that will have a long-term buildup to something…well, something that we’re not really quite sure of yet. The only real appeal of this title, and this issue overall, is learning the new status quo of a group of Marvel characters whose only appeal is their long, storied, and quite established history. As a long-time Inhuman fan I miss the tried and true Inhumans – Crystal, Triton, etc. – and, although Gorgon seems like he may be a big part of this story, the new Inhumans are eclipsing the greats a bit too much. Vinatos, an Inhuman character introduced in this ish, seems like he’s been a servant of the Royal Family for quite some time, and it feels weird. His HE one of these new Inhumans? If we’re gong to be introduced to new Inhumans we need to know just how “new” they are. This does very little to take away from the overall good story being told.

The Verdict

Inhuman #2 is a strong comic book, introducing new and interesting characters in a world with so many different characters it’s tough to find something new, and is entertainingly telling a story that changes a group of characters created in 1965 in a way that they have never been changed before. While there’s still a reminiscent X-Men feel to the “birth” of new Inhumans, the whole Royal Family feel and sense of belonging that is integral to the Inhumans truly sets the groups apart, and writer Charles Soule is doing a great job of getting this new and updated dynamic across while keeping to what’s made the Inhumans stand apart all along.The Inhumans are flying headlong into the 21st century (finally!) and it’s a really fun ride.

Story: 3.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out 5

Rant: How Did I Start Buying All These Events?

Event MontageI’m not really sure how it happened. No, I take that back, I know exactly how it happened, and it’s a sinister ploy involving “accidental” scheduling foul-ups and interesting comics. Let me explain.

Forever Evil 7I was reading Forever Evil, and it was great, but then it just stopped sometime in February. Because of the tie-ins, Justice League and Justice League of America also both stopped. I mean, they just stopped coming out! I had all of this extra money to spend on other books, and damn it if DC didn’t provide me some in the meantime. So, I jumped on both Batman Eternal and Futures End (which isn’t all that much more money a month if you account for the differing cover prices), and they are actually pretty good for weekly books. But now that Forever Evil came back to life this week, I now have Justice League books to buy again, and my wallet is taking the hit. But that’s only half of the problem.

After the events of Marvel’s…well…event Infinity, I was all ramped up for the Inhuman title ORIGINAL_SIN_ELEMENTSthat was supposed to come on the heels of that event. But, a last minute writer change, and some obvious problems with the art in some capacity, pushed this book back a couple of months. So, what was I supposed to do with that extra cash? I’ll tell you what I did, I bought the damn Original Sin event’s first issue, and damn if it wasn’t just a fun little old comic book. But now Inhuman is due to come back to shelves, and my wallet is going to take a hit. Is there an echo in here?

Okay, so this is obviously not a new problem; readers are always cash strapped because there’s always another comic book to be bought; but this is a comic book perfect storm of epic proportions, and something’s going to have to give…or I’ll just leave some books in my hold-box for an extra week.

This was a huge week for comic books from all sides, and I’m not sure it’s going to stop throughout the summer. Maybe I’m crying about money again, but really it’s just a great time to be a comic book fan. Which also makes it a terrible time for comic book fans.

Review: Inhuman #1

Inhuman #1

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
RESOLICITATION!
The newest super heroes of the Marvel Universe are born! A cloud of Terrigen mist is moving around the world turning regular people into Inhumans with amazing powers. But not everyone thinks this is a good thing. Discover the secret history of the Marvel Universe and get in at the ground floor of the next big Marvel franchise!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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 Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Verdict

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

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: April 2nd, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down our top pick on comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Inhuman #1

Charles Soule is running a hot hand in a dice game and I’m really looking forward to his next roll. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Inhumans, Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee really provided one of the best tellings of Marvel’s Strangest Family! In the wake of Inhumanity which seems almost forgotten now here stands the old and new Inhumans after the fall of Attilan. All that aside Joe Madureira’s art is solid and it’s gonna rad for this title!

Inhuman

INHUMAN #1
CHARLES SOULE – W
JOE MADUREIRA  – A/C
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
RESOLICITATION!
The newest super heroes of the Marvel Universe are born! A cloud of Terrigen mist is moving around the world turning regular people into Inhumans with amazing powers. But not everyone thinks this is a good thing. Discover the secret history of the Marvel Universe and get in at the ground floor of the next big Marvel franchise!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Gaumer: Detective Comics #30

This is the one I’ve been waiting for! The creative team that made The Flash one of my favorite monthly titles is back, on a Batman book, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I have no idea what the story is going to be about, and I don’t really care. I’m getting this for simple reason: Mind-blowing art! That’s what gave The Flash so much appeal for so many months, and I’m hoping beyond hope that the creative team follows through on this title. It’s on the top of my stack this week.

Detective Comics 30

DETECTIVE COMICS #30
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and FRANCIS MANAPUL
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
A bold new direction for DETECTIVE COMICS as THE FLASH creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City.

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Taylor: Black Widow #5

This issue brings us a first in the relaunched series as we finally have a continuing story arc to read through. The art on this book has been a feast for the eyes every month, and I’m glad that the story is finally getting a chance to lay out some roots. Here’s hoping!

Black Widow 5

BLACK WIDOW #5
NATHAN EDMONDSON – W • Phil NOTO – A/C
• Paris, London, Montenegro. Natasha is in a race against time, under the shadow of the hammer…
• A dark plot threatens Europe, and even SHIELD doesn’t know who’s behind it…
• With nowhere to turn for answers, Natasha has no choice but to ask THE RAVEN for help…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …3.99

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Bonus Picks

Ultimate Spider-Man #200

Brian Michael Bendis hits a milestone with this issue, having been the only writer on this title since it first launched in the late 90s. Alongside side just about every artist who has graced the title! This is a really step forward in the continuation of the Ultimate legacy as the current Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales stands with the friends and family of the fallen Peter Parker as they take a serious look back at the life of the first Ultimate Spider-Man. Something I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Ultimate Spider-Man 200

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS – W
DAVE MARQUEZ, MARK BAGLEY, MARK BROOKS, STUART IMMONEN AND DAVID LAFUENTE – A
Cover A BY MARK BAGLEY
Cover B BY DAVID MARQUEZ
• The world mourns on the anniversary of Peter Parker’s death
• A gathering of Spidey’s friends and foes reveal some shocking truths about Peter and his world
• One of the biggest surprise endings of the year!
48 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack in comic shops this Wednesday?

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Opinion: Why We Don’t Really Need Marvel’s Inhuman, and Why We Really Want It

InhumanUnless you’ve been living under a rock for, oh, about 50 years, you already have an idea of who the Inhumans are. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s 1965 creation of a team of early humans experimented on my the alien Kree race instantly became an intriguing aspect of the Marvel Universe. The Inhumans were positioned to bridge the gap between Marvel’s Earth and Marvel’s Space brands, and this premise was used to great success for decades. While the Inhumans had amazingly cool powers, one thing separated them from the mutants or the Avengers. Not all of the Inhumans had super-powers, and in order for an Inhuman to activate his nascent power he had to be exposed to Terrigenesis, a process of transformation using the mystical Terrigen Crystals, which formed Terrigen Mist. It was all very convoluted, but made the Inhumans, and the super-powered Inhuman Royal Family, a comparably small faction of the overall population. This made the Inhumans special.

That special nature, however, ended quite abruptly during the Marvel event Infinity, when InfinityBlack Bolt, the Inhuman king, detonated a bomb made to spread these Terrigen Mists over the entire planet, awakening abilities inside ANY person with even a portion of Inhuman DNA, and those horny Inhumans got plenty busy with those ignorant Earthers. The results of Black Bolts bomb is the addition of thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of newly super-powered beings hanging out on Earth, quite the departure from a single Royal Family of Inhumans. While this may seem like a ton of overkill with the X-Men, other mutants, and every other powered being on Earth (and there’s certainly no lack of them), this breath of fresh air may be exactly what the Marvel U has been missing.

The Premise

This week, writer Charles Soule and artist Joe Madureira will be continuing the story of the Inhumans where Infinity left off, with the series Inhuman. The title promises to take readers along on an exciting adventure of discovery and secrecy as we are introduced to newly created Inhumans. This whole experience isn’t just new to us readers, however, as many of these newly created Inhumans also have no idea what has happened to them. While Inhuman promises a brand new direction due to the overall newness of the title’s premise, this is by no means something that hasn’t been seen before.

We Don’t Really Need More Inhumans

Really, when you boil it all down, an Inhuman is nothing more than a mutant with a complex power. Most of the Inhumans have severe drawbacks that come along with their Inhumanspower-sets. Black Bolt, for instance, has a voice that can create waves of destructive sonic force, but this doesn’t allow the king to say anything. Even a whisper could bring down a mountain. The Inhuman Gorgon can create tectonic shockwaves, but his legs have been transformed into those of a bull. Now, there is certainly no preclusion of putting some negative connotation on a mutant power, or any other power for that matter. The infamous mutant Blob may be super strong, but that comes along with hundreds of pounds of fat. Glob Herman, Blindfold, Nightcrawler, and scores of other mutants fit this ideal. Look at The Sentry, the Superman knockoff with so much power, and an equal amount of psychosis, that he created his own arch-nemesis. Red Skull, The Thing, even The Green Goblin, all saw drawbacks to their power. So, why then do we even need yet another segment of the Marvel population to apply powers to? We already have plenty of examples and even more opportunity to delve into new characters that may have major drawbacks to their super-power. There’s, ultimately, no need for Marvel to so drastically change the Inhumans. Except, that it’s going to be awesome!

We Really Want to See More Inhumans

While there is really no need to create a new race of beings with good parts and bad parts of their powers because we already have one established in the Marvel U, there is certainlyX-Men_Logo no rule of this sort that applies to the Marvel mutants. Just because a new mutant is discovered does not necessarily mean that there will be a downside to his power. This is not so with the Inhumans, and each and every new Inhuman character that is introduced should have a negative aspect to his character. This is an extraordinary way for writers to tell a story that should feel completely different than a traditional mutant tale. Sure, there’s always that chance that something unexpected will occur, but Inhuman guarantees this element of surprise with every new Inhuman discovered, and these discoveries are something that could never be done with mutants. Here’s an example from a recent interview with writer Charles Soules describing one of these new Inhumans.

Soule: So Reader is another Inhuman whose ability is, anything he reads, he can make real. So if he reads the word fire, then everything catches fire around him. He grew up in a society kind of like Orollan, sort of a more restricted Inhuman society. They realize that if they let this guy keep being able to read, bad things are going to keep happening. So they put out his eyes — they blinded him. So he’s sort of one of those blind warrior-types, but the way that he fights is he has a sheath of tin strips at his waste — they’re not very long, like a couple inches long — and each one has a word written on it in brail. So he basically reads the word in brail as he needs to, and then that kind of happens.

This sounds like one amazing character, one that is uniquely Inhuman in his origin and power, and something that simply could not be done with the traditional “find a new mutant, Inhumanityvisit a new mutant” recipe that has been such a powerful aspect of the X-Men series of books. And this is only a single character! Soule has promised that he has a bunch of new characters in store for this title, and, unlike so many Marvel mutants, Soule has stated that these new characters are in no way safe. It’s been a long time since I found a new character that I really liked, and then had the writer kill him off without me being assured that I’ll see that character resurrected fairly soon. There are no such guarantees associated with Inhuman.

Summary

I was in no way sold on this event when I first heard it solicited a few months ago. I was determined to be upset at the changes to such a storied group like the Inhumans, and Medusaworried that these changes were nothing more than turning a truly unique group of characters into nothing more than the X-Men 2. While those fears are still very much on my mind, the elements being introduced within the pages of Inhuman are compelling and may be enough to eclipse any issues that may arise due to unfair comparisons. Although I’m still not totally sold on the title as a whole, I’m certainly on board for drastic changes to the overall Marvel landscape. What is yet to be ascertained, however, is if those drastic changes turn out to be changes at all, and not simply a publisher running out of ideas to steal from the competition, and instead stealing its own ideas and applying them to other properties. Charles Soule’s Inhuman drops tomorrow, April 2nd, so, I guess, we’ll find out really soon. Look for a review by the end of the week.