Comic Reviews: Inhumanity and Detective Comics!
Hot off the heels of Infinity comes the NEXT big Marvel event, Inhumanity. However, unlike the previous universe-wide crossover, the latest Marvel super heroes extravaganza doesn’t have a six-issue series to tell the main story. Instead, we have this one shot by Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel to set up the event, which will then be carried over into various miniseries and tie-in issues of books like New Avengers and Uncanny X-Men.
Inhumanity essentially serves as a way to give new and lapsed readers background on the Inhumans, the race of super-powered beings that have long remained hidden from the rest of the Marvel Universe. Following Black Bolt’s destruction of their home, Attilan, the fallout of the explosion released the Terrigen Mists, the vapor that gives the Inhumans their powers. Unknown to anyone else in the world, that mist has found the Inhumans who have secretly been living among humans and given them superpowers. The entire story of Inhumanity has the Avengers finding the Inhuman known as Karnak, and him telling them the entire story behind the fall of Attilan (the Avengers missed this because they were off-world during Infinity).
There’s nothing bad about Inhumanity at all. Matt Fraction’s script is well written, and Olivier Coipel’s art is fantastic. But despite both of these things, I can’t get excited for this particular event. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Inhumans, so a lot of my “meh”-ness probably stems from that. While a cool idea, a lot of this “secret Inhumans” stuff just makes me think that Marvel Studios will use these guys as a placeholder for mutants until they eventually get the movie rights to the X-Men back.
That being said, if you enjoyed Infinity or are reading New Avengers, you’ll most likely be picking this up. While I may not be interested in the event, there are still plenty of fun moments to be had in this book (be on the lookout for a fun reference to Fraction’s Hawkeye series). I may not be very interested in Inhumanity, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who are. Hopefully they find a lot to like in this issue.
I love Man-Bat. Ever since I saw the first episode of Batman: The Animated Series featuring Kirk Langstrom’s shrieking alter ego, my five year old brain was in love. Unfortunately for me, there aren’t a lot of great Man-Bat stories. So I had high hopes for this issue of Detective Comics, which concludes the ongoing back-up chronicling Kirk Langstrom’s search for his wife, who has become addicted to the Man-Bat serum.
Looks like I’ll still be waiting.
Detective Comics #26 is fine, but it feels extremely rushed. Writer John Layman’s time on the book is coming to a close quickly, for it’s natural for him to want to end the storylines he’s been working on his own way. But man, it couldn’t have been done a little neater? There are a lot of cool ideas here that are quickly done away with, and makes me wonder if this was originally a two-issue story that got crammed into one.
To add to my disappointment, the great Jason Fabok is taking this issue off. Fill-in artist Aaron Lopresti’s work is fine replacement, but after having so many issues of the great Layman/Fabok pairing I was genuinely bummed out when I didn’t see Fabok’s name on the cover. With the 75th anniversary issue of Detective Comics coming next month, as well as working on Batman: Eternal, Fabok clearly has his hands full, but his pencils were missed this month.
Detective Comics #27 is a fine ending to the Man-Bat story, but I’d be lying if I said I was pleased with it. Looks like I’ll have to keep waiting for that killer Man-Bat story. Ah well, I still love ya Kirk!
Posted on December 4, 2013, in Comic book reviews and tagged Batman, Comic reviews, Detective Comics, Inhumanity, Inhumans, Marvel, Marvel Event, Matt Fraction. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.