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The book tells the story of the Inhumans' biggest fight for their own survival, against a world that obviously doesn't understand them or simply doesn't care: That'd be us. of course.
Nothing new there, except for the excellent rebooting of an old Kirby creation nobody but him seemed to have understood!
All issues are pretty much stand-alone, as if the main story wouldn't be but a sub-plot. Individual issues portray either single characters (mostly the royal family but also an unfortunate "commoner", everyday hero and in the end also a "real" one), or aspects of the Inhuman society never truly examined before: The Alpha Primitives' (Inhumans' city Attilan's slave race) genetic diversity, which makes them born to work and love the machines, young humans going through terrigenesis (the process which unlocks each Inhumans' own unique meta-human genetic code) and hitting adulthood hard.
The main point of the story actually is: How do you go about understanding, reconciling, investigating a completely different nature from yours? Would an Inhuman, sentient race be so different from ours, or just a distorted mirror? Do we really accept and embrace diversity?
Paul Jenkins succeeds in elaborating on these questions while telling a compelling spy-story, in which superpowers take the backseat and people (Inhumans or otherwise) come to the fore. Jenkins is at his best here, unleashed upon characters he fully understands, deeply entrenched in character study and deftly manipulating them, the art, the dialogue and finally the reader, who's lost and entwined in a beautiful tapestry.
Jae Lee's moody and dark artwork truly complements a story that would belong in a subconscious dream. This is a long, sustained narrative effort from an artist who, after fully blooming in his creator-owned Hellshock series, now draws with a deceivingly effortless finesse.
And to top it all, there is the larger than life Inhuman King, Black Bolt. The surprise ending of the last issue, hilarious and at the same time absolutely serious, is another reading key into the book, that definitely takes still another meaning as the story progresses.
Not to be missed, this is one of the finest superheroes graphic novels ever made!
Hadourien136 said on Dec 20, 2010, 15:47