Fans Will Hate Death of Inhumans #1, Here's Why

Death of Inhumans #1

Fans Will Hate Death of Inhumans #1, Here's Why

Publisher:  Marvel Comics | Writer:  Donny Cates | Artist Ariel Olivetti  | Cover Artist:  Kaare Andrews| Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire | Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles | Release Date: July 4, 2018 | Price: $3.99

This review contains spoilers.

The Deadly Kree

The Kree have issued a demand, “join or die.” It’s less of a choice than an order that presents one possibility. The Kree have devastated the Inhumans. Meanwhile, Cates casts Black Bolt as a silent, ruminating King. Black Bolt is emotional and wounded, but resolute on action. The King is broken by the end of the comic.

A Silent King

The Silent King spends a lot of time thinking about Rome as Inhumans die and cities fall around him. This seems a bit disingenuous to me. It feels like Cates wants to draw a clever comparison between the fall of Rome and the fall of the Inhumans. It’s not clever. Cates spends so much time on this an extended metaphor.

There is a partial truth in the metaphor, the Inhumans are falling quick . The Kree have engineered Super Inhumans with murder as their only mandate. There’s little time spent on anything else. What both Cates and Ariel Olivetti do very well in this book is make the Kree scary. There’s an ominous tone to the book that works to make readers take these deaths seriously. The colors by Jordie Bellaire vary: muted and washed out. They work well with a book that focuses on narration.

Well served art

I’m not a huge fan of the way Olivetti draws the Royal family. I find them ugly in a way that takes me out of the story a bit. But his designs for the other Inhumans are fantastic. Each looks unique, so we get more of a sense of what we lose in their deaths.

The big bad, Vox, also looks scary AF. His uniform is minimal with the same bolts on his chest as Black Bolt. He’s adorned in devilish black and red. For the most part he doesn’t speak, which allows him to be what he is: a killing machine.

A Disappointing Pace

Where the book fails for me is page after page of a solemn Black Bolt. The rest of the royal family fades into the background, save for a couple members. Death happens quick. So quick that it might hurt for fans of the family. There is no time to mourn, no time to make death feel noble. Combine that with the fact that this is as of now a five issue miniseries… that’s not a long time to say goodbye. If the Inhumans are dying, and staying dead, I hope we have time to say goodbye to these amazing characters and creations.

Review Score: 6

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