Inhumanity #2 (Marvel)


Rating: 2.5/5 – A let down from the powerful first issue.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

After reviewing the first issue of Inhumanity, I was expecting this second and final issue of the series to follow up on the shocking end of that first issue, as well leaving us in a place that gets us excited about the upcoming Inhuman series.  Unfortunately this issue does neither.  Other than some great art by artist Nick Bradshaw in the first half of the book, this issue is a disappointing conclusion that tries to set the stage for the next chapter in the continuing Inhuman saga.

Although Nick Bradshaw’s name appears on the cover, his artwork can be seen in only about half of the book.  Todd Nauck helps out on the art chores in this issue, but it doesn’t help the overall look and feel of the book.  Nick Bradshwaw’s art has a bit of a cartoony feel to it, but when you add Nauck’s art to the story it gives it an even less serious tone, and again, is a real departure from the dark and grim tone of the first issue.  The middle section of the book’s art looks so different than the opening that it takes a powerful villain like the Unspoken and makes him seem silly with a lack of detail and depth.  The two looks made the overall package feel rushed.  Marvel seems to use multiple artists on books like these a lot lately.  Many times, like in the first issue, it works.  Here, regrettably, it fails.

Writer Matt Fraction’s focus is on Medusa in this issue.  She’s looking to clean up the mess of her broken kingdom, and find her missing son and husband, Black Bolt.  Meanwhile, the world is becoming aware of all the humans turning Inhuman after the ending of the Infinity event, and many are looking to capture the cocooned “superheroes” before they hatch.  This doesn’t sit well with Medusa and the Inhumans as they look to take action against those who would capitalize and take advantage of their people.  The story feels jumbled at times, going from one location to the next, and you never quite feel the pain that Medusa seems to be going through.  The weight of her now sole responsibility for the Inhuman kingdom can be felt in Bradshaw’s beautiful cover, but unfortunately can’t be found in Fraction’s writing within.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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