Review: Inhumans Prime #1

In the wake of the awesome events of IVX – what will become of the Inhumans? In this oversized special issue – the trial of Maximus! The coming of Marvel Boy! And what is the dark secret of Black Bolt?

Inhumans Prime feels like the “special bridging issue” it’s pitched as. The issue looks at the past of the Inhumans and their future – on Earth and in the stars as it sets up the various series to come.

Unlike its X-Men counterpart comic, Inhumans Prime is one story as opposed to a series of vignettes and scenes brought together. In that sense, the issue works a bit differently as it doesn’t lay out what’s coming as easily as X-Men Prime, instead hinting at a lot of where the Inhumans universe will be going.

The comic focuses on Maximus wrapping up the betrayal and chaos he’s caused for the Inhumans. At the same time the monarchy is dissolved and Marvel Boy is brought into the fold with some secret that’ll drive the Inhumans into an interesting direction. We have hints as to what, but it’s not totally clear. What’s interesting though is that the Inhumans find themselves in the same situation the X-Men were.

Writer Al Ewing makes that pretty clear as the comic beats you over the head with the fact that without Terrigen, this may be the final generation of Inhumans with no new ones to be created as their process is missing that key ingredient… or is it? That’s clearly where at least one of the comics spinning out of this is going. But, again, what’s interesting is now the Inhumans are the ones that are facing extinction a shift for a group of characters that at one point was perceived as being pushed at the expense of the X-Men. With these two franchises we get a sense of a balance is being found between the two. Ewing seems to deliver that in a few ways with some of the various dialogue that’s delivered. It’s interesting to see it all play out, especially when juxtaposed that a new government is being formed for the Inhumans.

Ryan Sook and Chris Allen deliver solid art and though the action is brief, the art throughout is the futuristic tech like world I’d expect with the Inhumans and it’s all delivered in a way that looks great on the page. The colors by Paul Mounts pop off of the page enhancing Sook’s art and even on pages where there’s a literal stadium of characters, the detail is great.

Inhumans Prime absolutely sets up the future and does so in a way that it doesn’t feel like a series of blunt short stories leading into their new series. Instead the comic is filled with hints and teases as to what’s coming and does so in a way that it too tells a complete story that can be read as a one-shot.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Ryan Sook and Chris Allen Cover Art: Jonboy Meyers
Story: 7.90 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.90 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review