By Charles Soule, Steve McNiven and Justin Ponsor
It’s no secret that Marvel likes to push certain properties to allow them to get more exposure from time to time. The recent flavor of the month appears to be the Inuhmans. We are treated to an introductory issue with Uncanny Inhumans #0. Marvel has put some big name talent on this series, so the push is definitely on.
Charles Soule is a name you begin to hear more about in the comics world lately. He was even given the task of killing off the legendary Wolverine. The Inhumans are a little bit of a tougher sell than the X-Men, but Soule does some good things this issue. First and foremost, he focuses on Black Bolt, who is the most well-known character in the group. One of the bad things about having a hero that doesn’t talk much is that other characters have to do a lot of the talking for him. This is evident in the scenes with Medusa. Having said that, Soule does come up with a couple of creative ways to allow Black Bolt to speak. This issue does a nice job of giving readers who aren’t familiar with the Inhumans a chance to get to know some of the major players in the series.
Steve Mcniven handles the pencils on this book with colors by Justin Ponsor. In all honesty, Steve McNiven is hands down one of the best artists in the business. Whatever book he’s on is a book that deserves to be read. From the opening establishing shot of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil you should be hooked. The page is beautiful and we see some of the ever so ubiquitous mist surrounding the city. There is a certain attention to detail that McNiven gives to his books that lets readers know they were drawn with everything he has. No panel is wasted, every page is masterfully drawn and crafted. Little things like a close up of Black Bolt’s mouth as he whispers goodbye are eye-popping. While the pencil are amazing, the colors by Justin Ponsor are awesome as well. His colors allow Mcniven’s work to look even better. Everything with the art in this issue clicks.
Uncanny Inhumans #0 is a solid introductory issue to some of the major players, but it probably won’t make you forget about the X-Men. Charles Soule writes a script that is easy for readers to follow and pretty friendly to newbies. The art is the real MVP of the issue, as McNiven and Ponsor straight up kick butt. This is worth a read even if you have no interest in the Inhumans.