Rating: 4/5 – More Human than Inhuman.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Brunell
First let me say that I don’t think readers should jump into Uncanny Inhuman issue 5 without going back to issue one; even then you may want to read Charles Soule and Joe Madureira’s Inhuman series from 2014 through 2015. A lot has changed for the Inhuman race and after reading this recent issue I don’t honestly know which way is up with the Inhumans anymore. Since 2014 we have been lead to believe that all the negative things that happened with the Inhumans were Black Bolt’s fault, but it may have been a plan between Medusa and Black Bolt the entire time. Following issue 4, this is like reading a completely new story; I had to check to make sure Charles Soule was still writing. I’ve never truly been a fan of the Inhumans, or at least well enough to follow them regularly, but since recent events with them taking on a more critical role in the Marvel Universe, I wanted to get to know them better.
For those not familiar with the Inhumans: They are a race of people that were created by the Kree as experimental weapons, but the Kree didn’t utilize the Inhumans as weapons, instead leaving them behind on Earth. The Inhumans became their own society and established a royal family. The Uncanny Inhumans brings you the dysfunctional royal Inhuman family and its subjects. King Black Bolt and Queen Medusa are the rulers of the Inhuman nation of Attilan. Since Black Bolt moved Attilan from the Moon back to the Earth and caused the spread of mist called ‘Terrigen” that serves to activate latent Inhuman abilities in humans with Inhuman genes in their DNA, he’s been dethroned by Medusa. Black Bolt’s actions have caused chaos throughout the Marvel Universe, because the Terrigen mist has a negative effect on Mutants. I don’t want to give too much away, so I would recommend going back a bit in Inhuman comics to get the rest of the details.
Charles Soule writes beautifully. The story since issue 1 pulled me in, he even brought back Ahura, Black Bolt and Medusa’s son. In the past we hadn’t seen much of Ahura, but now we will. Charles Soule’s take on the Inhumans has been interesting to say the least. From issue 1-4 the story was about Black Bolt and Medusa getting their son back from Kang the Conqueror. Why Black Bolt was so adamant about this is still confusing to me, because he was the one that gave Ahura to Kang to begin with. Now, in issue 5, it feels like things are going in a completely different direction. It’s not a bad direction; this issue just seems to leave me thinking that there was a plan to all the chaos. I don’t know if it’s a way to keep the reader interested, but it’s working for me. Brandon Peterson brings fantastic art to the table, taking over for Steve McNiven. I really couldn’t see much of a change in design, but there are subtle hints when it comes to certain angles in the art.
The Inhumans is a book about family. There are a lot of family issues that need to be worked out, and though the Inhuman race comes across on the surface like they are very different from normal humans, they are no different when it comes to human emotion. Black Bolt doesn’t speak, but he doesn’t have to, his actions alone are enough to show what he wants. Especially when it comes to Medusa dating someone else and that someone else is her little sister Crystal’s ex-boyfriend. The royal family is in a mid-life crisis, and with all their drama I’m surprised they haven’t got a reality TV show yet.
Reviewed by: Adam Brunell
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