Rating: 3.5/5 – X-Force + New Mutants = All-New Inhumans.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Brunell
The All-New Inhumans aren’t that new. It’s a new team, but team rosters change all the time. I found a couple Inhumans I haven’t seen before, but that is to be expected with the Terrigen cloud still actively creating new Inhumans, or as they are called in the comic – Nuhumans. This team acts as a convoy that travels around the world in a big ship to find and welcome any Nuhumans found along the way, while establishing positive connections with world diplomats. The team assists with training, accepting and providing a safe haven for all Nuhumans they find. If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s exactly what the X-Men have been doing for years. Instead of doing things in secret like Mutants have tended to do, the Inhumans have decided to be straight forward with the world as to who they are and why they are here. Maybe mutants got a bad reputation by labeling themselves “Homo superior”, when apparently they could have made things easier by just lying and saying they were scientific experiments by an alien race. Either way, the All-New Inhumans comics feel like a mix of X-Force meets the New Mutants.
The dialogue by James Asmus is well done, but the story felt like something I have read before. I’m 5 issues into this series and it feels too similar to the various X-Men titles, it would have been nice to have a distinctly different feel. As I sit and read this newest issue I’m waiting for an Inhuman with Magnetic abilities to show up with a group of Inhuman villains calling themselves, “The Brotherhood of Evil Inhumans”. Artist Stefano Caselli offers a nice setup on every page, but even the well done scenes, angles, and layout of the pages are not able to save a story line that resembles ones I’ve seen in numerous X-titles for at least 20 years.
The All-New Inhumans are a more edgy team of Inhumans consisting of a very jaded leader (Crystal), the tough teacher in a wheel chair (Gorgon), an animalistic ops team leader (Naja) and a team of new and old students. It looks to me to be so similar to Jean Grey, Charles Xavier and Wolverine with new bodies, a few new abilities and new style but the same concept. Like in the Agents of SHIELD television show where Inhumans are essentially filling the role of mutants since they don’t have the rights to use mutants on the series, it appears that this is Marvel’s way of mirroring that and having Inhumans step into a more “mutant like” role on the comics pages as well.
Reviewed by: Adam Brunell
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