Story: Charles Soule
Art: Ryan Stegman
What They Say:
Reader and Iso are back…and in horrible danger! The throne of Attilan is empty! Who will rise?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Inhuman has managed to become a frustrating book in the last few issues with what it’s doing, partially because the Ennilux storyline and Reader, as well as Iso, have been less than engaging. But also because the book keeps moving at such a breakneck pace at times that it feels like there’s no real weight to the stories and things are shuffled off faster than they should be. Such is the case once again with the fallout from the AXIS storyline, where we saw Medusa going on dark on us in the last issue to the point where she was ready to kick the asses of most of her own allies and people before she ended up just hightailing it out there all on her own for reasons unknown.
Those reasons are revealed early here as the first page, across three panels, shows us Medusa going from her dark twisted AXIS self to her normal self and realizing just what kind of disaster she’s been. So… no real impact there to deal with. Interestingly, she was trying to get close to a guy named Bryan Horowitz, who owns a private spaceflight development company that she was going to try and use in order to steal a ship to get to the blue area of the moon. That plan could be interesting in itself, but now that she’s back to normal and afraid to see the fallout of her twisted actions, she ends up giving in to having a few drinks with him and talking about lots of things. Most of it is off panel though, so we just get it inferred, but man it would have been interesting to hear her rattle this stuff off in a more relaxed form than the usual perfect version of herself that she keeps trying to show everyone.
While that unfolds, the main storyline here with the action continues to follow Reader and Iso as they do their best to get away from the Ennilux folks. This doesn’t go quite so well for awhile as Reader’s weakened due to his use of two readings so far and a weak third reading is all he has left, which won’t do much against the Capo or his goons. This forces Iso into action to defend herself, but her control of her abilities is still pretty bad and that means more damage being caused than she wants since she’s really afraid of hurting people. You can get to know characters on the run a bit, but we don’t get too much of that here and it’s mostly just a standard getting away kind of sequence for most of this. At least until Reader ends up teleporting them out at the last moment to New Attilan, where he requests asylum for Iso from Gorgon. We get a clue or two about Reader from the dialogue between him and Gorgon, which isn’t too much of a surprise, but we also see the city put on a war footing to defend against Ennilux coming to get their property. Considering what they did to Iso, it’s no surprise.
Inhuman again throws a lot of stuff at us and it halfways feels like we’re getting the cliffsnotes version of the series rather than the actual series. I really liked the time with Medusa, in her Madison Queen persona, as we feel like we’re getting to see the real character at long last. But it’s all done from the side without a deep look at her and what she’s really saying. Reader and Iso’s storyline is stock fight and flight material that doesn’t really give us a lot to chew on and it just feels kind of schlocky in some ways that I can’t quite put my finger on. Most of it just comes down to the fact that it’s done in such a quick hit fashion without any depth or exploration to it that it’s all just so superficial and that’s keeping me from really connecting with it at this point anymore.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: January 28th, 2015