Review: Eternals #2
Eternals #2 continues the battle between Ikaris and Thanos. This time, it seems to span throughout time, ending in an odd draw caused by Sprite. From there, the cast expands and we’re introduced to more of the Eternals. All the while, there’s still the murder mystery from the first issue that the cast is trying to solve.
I have a bit of a learning curve I still need to get over when it comes to the Eternals. For one, I don’t quite know the extent of their abilities. When the fight between Ikaris and the mad titan spun out into a portal that thrust them through time, I didn’t really understand who caused it to happen. But that is just one part of this issue and everything else, I really enjoyed. Whether it was this big fight or the middle sequence of the man on the beach who spends his lifetime after meeting a god waiting for a monster to appear, to the 3rd act of more Eternals, I think I’m really digging what’s going down in these pages. I am appreciative that there’s a writer of Kieron Gillen’s skillset on this because I just think Eternals isn’t quite the kind of book that just goes from A to B in the normal way. However, with these characters not falling into the territory of household names, it would be nice to know within the pages what their abilities are.
I raved about the art team in my review of the first issue. I’m still blown away by what Esad Ribíc‘s pages look like. The action sequences look fantastic and even when there’s just a room full of people talking, this art just shines. If I had to nitpick, which I should, I did feel like Ikaris is the victim of having the same facial expression quite a bit. Still, it’s one of the better-looking Marvel books out right now and Ribic and Wilson are the real deal on Eternals.
If I had one concern with Eternals #2, it would be whether this book sticks the landing. Is the focus on Thanos or the mystery killer of Zuras? Is it both? And who is narrating the issue? I know that not everything can be revealed. I liked Eternals #2 but I feel the Eternals need to focus their efforts going in the next issue.
Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Esad Ribíc
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 6.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.5
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