Review: Eternals #2
Eternals launched with an impressive debut comic. It reintroduced the characters who are being set up to be major players with a film coming soon. Created by Jack Kirby, the characters are riffs on various mythology mixed with superheroics and a lot of drama. The new series brings them back, cementing them squarely in the Marvel comic universe, and Eternals #2 does so with a flag planted.
Written by Kieron Gillen, the issue picks up on the surprise appearance of Thanos proceeding into an interesting but expected with Ikaris. The battle itself is presented in an interesting way with the two warriors hurtling through portals and locations as they battle. But, it’s another meet and fight situation, rather trope-ish for the superhero genre. For the most part, the rest of the comic is Ikaris and Sprite repeating “Thanos is here” with only a mild reaction of concern. It’s a bit odd of a reaction concerning it’s mentioned over and over how Thanos has one of the highest body counts out of anything in existence. You’d think Ikaris and Sprite’s claim would immediately raise alarms and have more individuals worried.
There’s also the shelving of the murder of Zuras. The first issue focused on the murder and investigation but the second issue feels sidetracked in multiple ways. The issue is brought up but the “who” behind it doesn’t feel as much of a concern as it was in the previous issue. Eternals #2 feels a bit distracted in multiple ways with delivering a lot of different plot threads but not focusing enough on any of them and their priority and concern feel off. There’s something out of touch and aloof about it all.
Esad Ribíc‘s art for the most part is impressive. With color by Matthew Wilson and lettering by Clayton Cowles there’s a lot to dwell on soaking in the beauty. But, there’s also some missteps in the art as well. Facial reactions between the same characters are far too similar in multiple panels as if they’re almost cut and paste. Eyes, mouth, everything is a bit too similar. It’s a distraction from the otherwise amazing art. Some characters too look a bit too similar to each other getting things a bit lost.
Eternals #2 is an interesting comic but is a bit scattered in its presentation. Too many threats and too many concepts are on the table making the end result a bit jumbled and a little confusing. But, there’s truly beautiful moments. Any of the plot threads could have been a comic by itself. But, all together they feel like a slice of something bigger, none of it stand on its own. While the debut was a home run of a start this second issue loses much of the momentum.
Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Esad Ribíc
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
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