Thursday, December 5, 2013

Inhumanity #1

   The Inhumans is one of the rare "big" Stan Lee and Jack Kirby creations that never quite translated into a popular comic series.

   There have been some very good series based on the concept, but they never really caught on.

   But never one to let a good idea go to waste, Marvel is back to try again with Inhumanity, a comics event that will wind through most of Marvel's titles in some form or another.

   Here's the basic concept: the Inhumans are a race of mortals who were genetically tampered with by an alien race some 25,000 years ago.

   The advanced race ultimately decided to tamper with its own genetic code using the Terrigen Mist, which has been the McGuffin in more than one story.

   In the wake of the events in Infinity, Black Bolt has unleashed the mist on the world (via a most dramatic method) and, as a result, has revealed a vast number of Inhumans who were living among normal humans.

   For mysterious reasons, this process has unhinged the Inhuman known as Karnak, who faces the Avengers - and the Royal Family.

    With a strong story (as always) by Jonathan Hickman and wonderful art by Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales, it's a compelling start to the event.

   Whether it will put the concept over the top and into its own title, only time will tell.

Grade: A



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