In Review: Inhuman #10

The story is tight, the art solid, and it's got Spider-Man. This is slick super hero fare.

The cover: Try and guess who makes an appearance in this issue. With her hair writhing about, entangled in Spider-Man’s webs, the two heroes exchange punches, with neither one looking stronger than the other. This is a good image by interior artist Ryan Stegman. I prefer to see Medusa in those togs rather than the ones she’s currently sporting, and I’m a big fan of Spidey, so this illustration is a match made in heaven for me. I’m also glad that no one in Marvel wanted to put a caption on this cover–It works great without one. Overall grade: A

The story: Having gone mega-butt kicker after returning from Genosha, Medusa has a war council with Gorgon, Triton, and Lineage, asking them to plan for an attack of Manhattan if the humans continue to forget “how to behave around a monarch.” She wants their plans by sundown. Immediately after this gathering, Gorgon sees Dante and asks to borrow his cellphone since it doesn’t go through New Attilan’s mainframe. Dante hesitates, saying, “I need this place, Gorgon. Gabby and I both do.” The Inhuman replies, “So do I. So do a lot of people. That’s why I’m asking.” The phone is given and the story moves to Venice, Italy, at the headquarters of Ennilux, where Xiaoy is forcibly having her brain mapped so that the dying Capo can take over her body. A dog growl alerts the two attending doctors that something unusual is going on, and then something happens. I was happy for the moment on Page 5 because I was so angered by Xiaoy being put in this position. I wasn’t thrilled with the story in last month’s issue, but “The Dark Queen” by Charles Soule pushed all the right buttons for me. Resolving, for the moment, Xiaoy’s plight, and having Medusa being called on the carpet by a major Marvel hero. I was glad to see that there’s some conflict among some of the Inhumans with Medusa’s plans, but I was unprepared for her response. All I can ask is “Now what?!” Overall grade: A

The art: Really sweet work throughout from Ryan Stegman on this book’s art. The war council pages show that Medusa is out of control: her comment in the fourth panel on Page 2 shows she’s got a screw loose. The last panel on that page provides an excellent transition to another character, also shown from the back, for an entirely different reason. I’ve never seen that famous character look so somber, which made his words all the stronger. I also like the immature look given in the fifth panel on that page. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen students look that way at me or others. The four pages set at Ennilux is like a Frankenstein nightmare, with the creature trying to take over the waif’s body. The Capo is such a grotesque looking character, I hope he sticks around for a while because he delivers chills just with his appearance. The new setting on Page 9 looks just as I would expect it to look, so thumbs up to Stegman for drawing this familiar setting realistically. The arrival of Spidey is picture perfect, as is his confrontation with Medusa. Marvel comics built their offices on slugfests, and this is a good one. Stegman should draw Inhuman forever. Overall grade: A

The colors: I’m still not used to seeing a colorist referred to as the “Color Artist”, but Richard Isanove is deserving of that title. The sequence that begins on Page 4 is made so much more powerful because of the colors from him. I love the shine coming off of the first panel and the glowing orange-red background of panels two and three. As strong as the backgrounds are, the characters are just as great, with that close-up in the third panel of 5 exceptional in pink. Isanove is also doing a great job on the sound effects, such as in the KZZAK on Page 7–the neon makes those lasers strong. The pink and rose used for the last three pages denote a physical and symbolic sunset. Great! Overall grade: A+

The letters: Scene settings, dialogue, and sounds are sensationally set by VC’s Clayton Cowles. They look good, especially those sounds that would make Jack Kirby proud. Overall grade: A

The final line: You could start reading here and fit right in. The story is tight, the art solid, and it’s got Spider-Man. This is slick super hero fare. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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