Monday, August 15, 2016

Uncanny Inhumans #12 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Damage Control

Written By: Charles Soule
Art By: Carlos Pacheco, Andy Owens, David Curiel
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I’ve said before that I’m not a huge fan of what Marvel has chosen to do with the Inhumans going forward. That said, the last issue of this book really impressed me. It was a retaliation for the kidnapping that was committed by Tony Stark and ended uprooting his entire life. Unfortunately, a member of the Inhumans believed that they weren’t going far enough and decided the only way to ensure their safety was to destroy Stark Tower. The last issue made me really like the Inhumans. If every issue was like that, I wouldn’t hesitate to continue with this series after Civil War II. However, did Marvel capitalize on the momentum of the previous issue? Let’s find out.

The issue begins with the aftermath of Stark Tower’s destruction and Medusa immediately decides to seal off the city. She wants to make sure that the Inhumans are safe in case Stark chooses to retaliate. She believes that she could win the battle with him but that the cost would be too high. Thus, she leaves the city guarded and goes off to investigate who targeted Stark Tower. In another area, a Stark owned plant is about to be attacked by Lash and his gang. Back to Medusa though, she first visits Black Bolt. She wonders if he was the one that ordered the attack but after speaking with him (and him not speaking back) she comes to the conclusion that he couldn’t have done it.

Lash and his associates finally launch their attack while Medusa travesl to Venice in order to speak to her son. He now runs a major international corporation. He may have attacked Tony Stark in order to help his own business ventures but, while insulted, he proves his innocence to Medusa. It is at this point and time that Medusa learns of Lash’s attack on Stark Industries. She gathers a team and they use their power in order to stop defeat Lash and those following him. Medusa immediately begins to interrogate Lash, asking him if he was responsible for Stark Tower and why he would attack this Stark facility.

The issue then cuts away to Maximus, the man truly responsible for destroying Stark Tower. It’s very clear that he has some negative feelings toward the leaders of the Inhumans and he looks forward to causing some chaos. He was the one that turned Lash onto the Stark facility and we then turn back to the present where Lash accuses Medusa of being responsible for his actions. It is at this time that Captain Marvel and the rest of the Ultimates show up, asking Medusa what she has done and this is where the issue cuts away.

So did this issue capitalize on the previous issue? Not in the slightest. Most of the issue takes place in random rooms in which people have conversations that don’t really go anywhere. Even the ending cliffhanger doesn’t really get me that excited. I was singing Charles Soule’s praises after the last issue and this just feels like one of the biggest steps back ever. The art in this issue was good but honestly there weren’t any panels that really stood out to me and were memorable. It really is a shame to see a book that nearly had me putting it on my pull list disappoint me so quickly.

Bits and Pieces

If you want to see all the potential in the world be blatantly wasted, this is the issue for you. It blows my mind that the same person who wrote the previous issue also wrote this one. I was so blown away by the previous issue and it may be a little unfair to hold this issue to that standard. That said, even if this comic existed in a vacuum, it would still be bad. This issue has certainly earned our very special rating.


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