Story: Charles Soule
Art: Ryan Stegman
What They Say:
Queen Medusa vs. King Black Bolt with the fate of the Inhumans in the balance!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The pacing of Inhuman is an area that continues to frustrate me, since there’s so much more that can be done to really dig into things here instead of just barreling through them. When you look back at the twelve issues so far and realize just how many different things have been going on, it is amazing overall. But there isn’t a significant amount of depth or attachment to it because of how superficial so much of it plays out as. It’s not bad, but it loses a good bit of its impact. The only areas that seem to really connect well enough is with what involves Medusa, and part of that is simply because of her very extended history in the Marvel Universe. And that helps to give this issue a bit of its weight.
With Ennilux attacking New Attilan in order to get Iso, as the Capo needs her mind and body to ensure he lives into the next generation, we get a pretty solid approach overall from those defending. While they’re not sure what’s going on, it doesn’t take long for the NuHuman side to bond together that’ve been introduced and they get a decent little baptism by fire as a group as opposed to the individual stories we’ve had for them. As good as they are, they’re overwhelmed by numbers and a lack of experience, which does work well enough to make them a bit more accessible. What makes the whole thing fun is that amid their attempts to hold the line, Black Bolt appears and promptly shows why he is the King. There’s some good layouts and design to it and I loved the way that Nur just seemed to get the proper tone of respect for him, while also acknowledging that Medusa is the one in charge, as she returns not long after Blackagar.
While we get put into a holding pattern again with Ennilux as that story is cut short here in a simple and abrupt way, we do get some small fallout as recovery gets underway and Reader tries to get Iso to settle down enough so that she can find a home here with some real protection. But the real meat of the issue is Medusa and Blackagar as he simply goes to sit on the throne again. While she’s been away recently due to the Axis storyline, and all of that is washed away very simply here without any weight to it, she’s not giving up her rule. It’s an interesting contrast to what Freya did in the Thor series where she acceded to the returned Odin, but is fuming over it. Here, Medusa makes her pitch for Blackagar to make a choice, and he does so in his own particular way. But now we have Medusa more fully cemented as Queen, but also with a feeling of some real additional weight on her shoulders because of how things feel like they end between her and Blackagar.
The same problem I’ve had for most of the run is still here and I know I need to just accept it. But it frustrates me so because there’s a wealth of great character and story material between the panels to explore and that this rushed aspect just does a disservice to the work as a whole. The attack by Ennilux is pushed to the side for the time being here and a quick order rebuild of New Attilan is pretty much underway. I wonder what their version of Damage Control would be like? I’m still not interested in most of the NuHumans, though Nur is definitely growing on me, and I have zero interest in Iso and Reader because of how bad their storyline has been. The saving grace continues to be the Medusa and Black Bolt material, but even they’re poorly served more often than not with clipped stories and development.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: February 25th, 2015