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Eternals by Neil Gaiman Paperback – Illustrated, 24 April 2018
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- Publisher : Marvel; Illustrated edition (24 April 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1302913123
- ISBN-13 : 978-1302913120
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Item Weight : 446 g
- Dimensions : 18.03 x 1.65 x 25.91 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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• Yes, these are mainstream, superpowered Marvel – soon to be MCU – characters.
• Yes, Romita Jr is one of the best action artists in modern comics
• Yes, Gaiman is a talented writer
This should make this an obviously thrilling read, right? Well, no, not for me.
Avoiding spoilers is tough, but if this were volume 1 of a 2 volume set, I'd more likely give it 4 stars. As is, it scarcely gets going before it's over. I'm not a teen-ager addicted to explosions and fight scenes (big Chris Ware & Los Bros Hernandez fan here), but instead of the quality superhero book I thought I was buying, I read 7 issues of mostly plodding melodrama, and even then, melodrama with no pay-off. What a waste of time, money (mine) and talent (theirs).
Superheroes usually have/use powers. The central conceit (**very minor spoiler**) is that most of the heroes in this book have forgotten who they are, hence they cannot access their powers for most of the book. There are odd flashbacks here and there, giving glimpses of what they are truly capable of, then we're back to three present day and... nothing really happens. Reading a book about a bunch of superheroes whose main powers sell to be befuddlement is not much fun.
As other reviewers have suggested, it all just sort of fizzles out in issue 7. The book is built around gradual reawakening of "Mark Curry" (aka, "Makari", geddit?). As an example of its pacing, he spends most of the series either confused or unconscious. Think I'm exaggerating? In the first six issues I counted just 4 *panels* (not pages!) where he is using his vaunted speed powers. In issue 7 I counted 8 panels (half of which were simply showing him arriving on a scene of more talking heads expositioning on something or other in a blur).
Romita Jr's art is solid but not his best. Not much more I can say than that.
En suma, sólo para incondicionales de los autores.