Marvel’s next big event kicks off this week with Inhumanity, which is a direct follow-up to Infinity.
This issue is essentially a recap story as we learn the history of the Inhumans and what went down during Infinity that led to some of Earth’s denizens getting transformed into Inhumans – or more appropriately put: their true Inhuman selves being revealed.
Inhumanity #1 was light on action and overall was a real snoozefest. I’m not actually surprised as it comes from Matt Fraction whose work I find is decompressed to the nth degree as well as from Marvel Editor Nick Lowe who was behind the abysmal event, Avengers Vs. X-Men.
There is nothing present in the issue to get one excited about future issues. There is no big bad; there is – again – no action; there is nothing except for the suicide of Karnak, which comes off as an “OMG” moment for the end of the book, but again, nothing made me really care all that much about the events in the story.
This issue reminded me more of the free issues that Marvel used to put out before certain events to help readers not familiar with the characters or series. At four bucks a pop, Inhumanity #1 isn’t worth half that price.
The art was average for my taste, but Coipel, Morales and Martin really had nothing to go on as all that was required for a majority of the issue was the Avengers, Karnak and Medusa in portrait poses. It did have a gritty realistic style to it, which I liked, but I would have preferred more detail panels, especially the background characters.
All in all, this is pretty much what I expected from Inhumanity after reading the tie-ins related to Infinity.
If we did ratings here at Cosmic Book News, Inhumanity #1 would probably get a 2 out of 5 from me.