By Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten and Sunny Gho
There is a big theory from many fans that since Marvel owns the movie rights to the Inhumans and not the X-Men, that Marvel is trying to make the Inhumans the new X-Men. Uncanny Inhumans came out this week, and after giving it a read, it would be impossible not to agree with the theory. There are even former X-Men on the team, i.e. Beast. It is possible to just enjoy this book for what it is, but if you’re a scorned X-Men fan, chances are that this will probably enrage you further.
Charles Soule clearly has some experience writing many of these characters, as he was the writer on Inhuman. There are definitely parallels between what the Inhumans are going through this issue and what the X-Men have gone through. Soule is a good enough writer, but this whole issue just feels wrong. This is clearly an attempt by Marvel to popularize the Inhumans, and they’re just a really hard sell. Many of these characters are no-names and readers generally have no interest in. The issue gets good when Medusa has an interaction with Beast. Soule plants a nugget of information that Cyclops is somehow involved, which is very interesting and will hopefully be expanded on as the series moves forward. Black Bolt, Triton and Reader attempt to retrieve Black Bolt’s son from Kang, which is alright, but ultimately not that interesting. One of the things that Soule does that feels exactly like an X-Men book, is he has Medusa defeat some Chitari in Central Park. This is met with reporters questioning why they were helping out, etc. If you feel a sense of déjà vu, it’s because this has been the X-Men for decades.
The pencils are handled by Jay Leisten with colors by Sunny Gho. The art in this issue is very good. Steve McNiven’s name is a big draw, but he’s just the inker. Leisten’s art resembles McNiven’s a lot, which is never a bad thing. His lines are clean and neat. Leisten uses some hatching and cross hatching in close up panels of certain characters, like Reader, which works well. There really aren’t too many negative things you can say about the pencils here. Many of the characters look great and Leisten draws Beast and Human Torch great too. The colors are handled by Sunny Gho. He does a wonderful job of making the colors look good, but they’re not too vibrant. When the Human Torch arrives, he lights up the page, which is very cool. The art on this book is gorgeous and everyone involved should be thrilled about that.
This is by no means a bad book, it’s actually pretty enjoyable, but this is just a rehash of everything the mutants have already gone through. You could honestly switch Black Bolt and Cyclops and it wouldn’t matter. Marvel is trying to push these characters on us, but they don’t have an original story yet. The art was very good and gave this book a good vibe. In order to be successful, Uncanny Inhumans need to distance themselves from the mutants.