- Series: Inhuman
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (April 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785197060
- ISBN-13: 978-0785197065
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Uncanny Inhumans Vol. 1: Time Crush Paperback – April 12, 2016
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I haven't read any of the previous stand-alone Inhuman books (except for the 2001 Jenkins book, which was just ok; and Karnak by Ellis, which was pretty good). I read this because I was on military duty and got a good deal on it for my kindle. I started reading in comics in the early 1980s, and was a bit of a Marvel zombie (I read almost every title for a number of years...except for Power Pack). The Inhumans appeared only occasionally, and usually in the pages of Fantastic Four. At various points, Crystal and Medusa served with the FF - their problem then and now is that they aren't interesting: lame backstory, poor dialogue, strange powers, and they were always secondary or tertiary characters. Blackbolt was thrust into main rotation when Brian Michael Bendis put him on the Illumanati and gave him regular interactions with the most significant heroes of the Marvel Universe. Still, he suffered from the typical Inhuman perspective of being boring - he can't talk, so it is extremely difficult to get a sense of him.
Additionally, Marvel now suffers from too many powered people being the head of a sovereign group or nation. Think about it: Namor, T'challa, Black Bolt/Medusa, Doom, Magik, whomever rules the Kree, whomever rules Shi'ar, whomever rules Asgard....you get the idea. They've all had storylines about "threats to their rule" and "I care so deeply for my people (even Doom, though it is different)." It gets old.
Marvel is trying very hard to make the Inhumans a thing (traditionally a terrible word, but a good way to describe it). Other critics and reviewers have also recognized that since Marvel doesn't have the movie rights to X-Men, they are trying to supplant them in the comics with the Inhumans. It won't work. They characters don't have the level or interest, back story, or pathos. Still, at some point I expect to see a forced cartoon or movie.
I gave this trade 2.5 stars because of Kang. As in many other time stories, despite drastic changing of the timelines throughout the story, by the end of the arc the status quo is restored (one of the few stories that had ramifications was the 2013 Age of Ultron by Benidis (far better than the same named movie)). Still, it is a fun Kang story that reminds me of the 70s and 80s time travel tales. I appreciate that. This all written, I will not be reading any future volumes (despite the fact that I like Soule's work on Star Wars).