Review: All-New Inhumans #1
As the Terrigen Clouds move around the world they leave in their wake the wrecked lives of the Inhumanized. Crystal and her team are tasked to help as many of these NuHumans as possible, but it’s not going to be easy. Not only are views of these new super-powered people varied (from fear to anger to amazement) but even those who get the powers aren’t always glad to get them. Add to that the nineteen mysterious Skyspears that recently crashed into the Earth, and the Inhuman world just got a lot more complicated.
Inhumans make up one of the new lines of Marvel’s All-New, All-Different launch with numerous titles dedicated to the newest group with powers that’s discriminated against by bigots. Writer Charles Soule is one of the key architects behind the line handling writing duties for All-New Inhumans as well as sister title Uncanny Inhumans. There’s a lot that’s good in this first issue and the back-up story written by James Asmus is particularly good. Any issues I have is the fact we’ve seen this before, in the X-Men comics.
That’s my issue with Marvel’s push of the Inhumans, that we’ve seen this before many times with their X-Men line of comics. Inhumans are not trusted. Inhumans are captured by humans and at times executed. A group of Inhumans travel the world to help NuHumans with their powers and bring them to safety. It’s all too familiar. But, Soule recognizes this too, and even references it in a scene between Crystal and Gorgon where she outright says he’s Professor X, wheelchair and all.
So where does Inhumans differ?
The difference is more apparent in Asmus’ back-up story which is the better of the two stories. Asmus highlights the major difference, that Inhumans by their nature are a world power as a nation, Queen and all. It’s something that was touched upon in X books, but the idea of mutants naturally being a part of a nation was always an “and” item, not a first. Crystal and her team are bringing NuHumans into the already existing Inhuman nation with their government, rules, and leadership. And that’s what the second story is about, Crystal’s diplomatic mission with members of the United Nations to get status so they can complete their humanitarian mission. There is some crossover with mutants, and their plight with M-Pox is addressed here, but we get a rather smart story about a hidden nation attempting to be recognized and move out in the public.
The art by Stefano Caselli is beautiful with some great design of characters, especially when it comes to the diversity of their look. There’s little I can say about the art other than it’s just great to look at.
Story: James Asmus, Charles Soule Art: Stefano Caselli
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy