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Review: Inhumans Attilan Rising #1

inhuman001aWhat has been interesting about Secret Wars thus far is the context in which the creative teams behind the individual series seem to be let loose to tell their stories.  Although the overall concept of a world controlled by Dr. Doom is a fairly stringent limitation, the stories themselves are being told in vastly different ways.  Some choose to focus on the concept, whereas others seem to want to ignore it completely.  The Inhuman addition to Secret Wars ends up mostly on the ignoring side, and it is likely to its benefit.

There are the same aspects of Battleworld which show up here.  The Secret Wars location which Dr. Doom has kept safe with his shield is comprised of different zones each which must remain separate from the other.  This aspect of the series is rolled into that of the Inhumans, though it is done in such a way to use the benefits of what made the Inhumans such a standout in recent months at Marvel.  As the new “mutants” at Marvel what is most important to the Inhumans is not accepting the new conditions blindly but rather to question them and challenge them, in this case in an insurrection.  As Marvel has been seemingly tying to establish the Inhumans as the alternate to the X-Men this fits well within that overall tactic.  There is a decent amount of action in this first issue, but it doesn’t underlie the fact that the creative team has gotten right in Secret Wars what has made them so engaging elsewhere (which is not surprising as it is the same writer for both.)

As is the case with the remainder of their stories, many will probably choose to ignore the Inhumans when choosing which titles to follow, but once again the creative team has proven that this superhero team is here to stay on the new Marvel landscape.  For those that have not been following the main series, this is as good a place to start as any, and for those that have, they will be happy to see some of the familiar faces here.  Overall, it is that the creative team has managed to keep the characters intact within Battleworld.  In other cases it is how the heroes react to being in Battleworld, but in this rare case it seems that it is how Battleworld will react to these characters.

Story: Charles Soule Art: John Timms
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read