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My simple advice to anyone buying this book is, "manage your expectations": • 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.
I wanted to read up on the Eternals before the movie came out so I could understand these particular characters better. Some bits were a tad confusing. The story was okay. I can't say I fell in love with any of the characters to be honest. The idea was interesting enough. The book spends a lot of time building up the characters slowly before the big reveal that they are in fact Eternals and the ending seemed a little rushed (that may be my fault in part due to how slow I was reading it at the beginning). I couldn't wait to finish to move on to a different series. I can't say i'll buy any more Eternals comics as I just didn't bond with any of these characters. I hope the upcoming movie will be more interesting.
No es la mejor obra de mi admirado Gaiman, un guión predecible y bastante convencional. Romita tampoco me parece que esté en su mejor momento aunque como gran maestro que es, narra con facilidad y se luce con alguna doble página.
En suma, sólo para incondicionales de los autores.
Bought because I, for the first time, wanted to be ahead of Marvel story line before a movie get released and also im obsessed with Neil Gaiman. Based of the info I know about the new movie and the small amount of Jack Kirby Eternals I have read I dont think this story will have be very similar to the upcoming film. HOWEVER, if you are a Eternals, Marvel, or Gaiman fan I 100% recommend. Gaiman definitely delivers with a unique spin and captivating story. Another hand magnet, could not put down, finished in one night.
With the area we live in we’re the idea of having superpowers is though of as away to have an amazing life, it’s very interesting to see an off shoot of humanity that that has so many gifts not knowing about them and having to be one of the everyday people. This story is way more than a mere comic book story it’s a story about humanity, morality and life. Take a moment and take the ride.
I missed the Eternals because I was too "grown" to read comics book by the lat 70's. This was a mistake. That and giving away my comic books. #9 Spiderman. It still hurts.
But I digress.
Gaiman reimagining Kirby is bloody brilliant, update trying Ed costumes, plot lines, thoroughly enjoyable. Not going to spoil anything, I was curious due to the upcoming movie, and I was not disappointed. Gaiman may even make a name for himself in the Alternate Gods sub genre of literature, the boy shows promise.