Friday, November 20, 2015

Uncanny Inhumans #2

   It's a treat to have a "team" comic that actually takes a serious approach to storytelling.

   The Uncanny Inhumans focuses on the Royal Family - Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon and Triton - and adds in a couple of wild cards: the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) and the Beast (Hank McCoy).

   I suspect the latter are thrown in to add some humor and humanity to the book, and they actually fit in well here (despite Johnny's ill-advised romance, which I don't believe for a second).

   The story is a heavy one - before the (near) destruction of the Earth, Black Bolt turned his son Ahura over to Kang the Conqueror - but getting him back is proving to be nearly impossible, and Kang is using his powers as a time-traveler to strike back at the entire Inhuman race.

   It's a big story with far-reaching potential, and writer Charles Soule is painting it as a shocking, intelligent science fiction story.

   The art by Steve McNiven and Jay Leisten is tremendous, with impressive character designs and stunning vistas - they're playing on a big stage here.

   The Inhumans has always been a tricky book to manage - are they too different from humans to be the subject of a series?

   So far, this title is showing the way for how to handle the team is a thoughtful way.

   Except for that romance thing.

Grade: A-


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