By Charles Soule, John Timms, Roberto Poggi & Frank D’Armata
The Multiverse has been destroyed and now the heroes of Earth 616 and Earth 1610 were unable to stop it from happening, leaving nothing but the Battleworld, a patchwork planet composed by the fragments of worlds that no longer exist, ruled over by the Iron Will of Doctor Doom, the nemesis of the Fantastic Four. Inhumans: Attilan Rising kicks off with a high concept that’s probably not going to be the most new reader friendly book ever, so if you’re not following Secret Wars itself and vaguely familiar with the Inhumans then you’re probably going to be lost, with your best bet being to wait until the post-Secret Wars if you’re someone looking to learn more about the characters either because you’ve heard about them from Marvels Agents of SHIELD or the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, for those familiar with the Inhumans and what’s happening in Secret Wars, writer Charles Soule, penciler John Timms, inker Roberto Poggi and colourist Frank D’Armata bring a strong first issue that kicks off Attilan Rising in a very strong way.
Charles Soule is one of the most reliable writers in the comics industry, with some excellent series like Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns and the writer of the Inhumans book before the Secret Wars event at Marvel, and he doesn’t disappoint here with a strong first issue that hits the ground running and makes it an excellent tie-in. Soule throws in many fascinating concepts that Battleworld writers have been allowed to explore and the sheer variety on display here is great to see. Not limiting himself to Inhumans we get cameos from a Ghost Rider, a Hulk and multiple Thors (The Thor Corps) in there for good measure as well, which allows penciler John Timms to bring them these characters to life in a very strong way, and combined with the work from inker Roberto Poggi and colourist Frank D’Armata, you know you’re going to be in a good place going forward with a stylish and intriguing beginning to the new series.
The non-Inhuman characters in Attilan Rising are handled well. There’s a gangster Ghost Rider who wouldn’t look out of place in a weird, twisted Goodfellas, and the Hulk who serves as the opening threat is handled very well. The Inhumans that we do spend time with are just as great as well, and we find Medusa, Manhattan’s Regent, getting along with Doom in a short but effective exchange. The book itself seems to have slipped under the radar in regards to other Secret Wars tie-ins coming out this week but one thing’s for sure is that Inhumans: Attilan Rising is probably one of the best, and serves as a quality new addition to the vast amount of Marvel’s titles on shelves right now.