By Charles Soule, Marco Checchetto & Andres Mossa
Marvel rings in the New Year with their latest Star Wars limited series. Unlike the majority of their Star Wars product, however, this one does not unfold in the immediate aftermath of A New Hope. Set instead during the prequels era, it shifts the focus to Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young Padawan, Anakin Skywalker. The different period is a plus for the book; readers may still be in familiar territory, but at least it is less well-trod than the standard post-Hope terrain. The concept of exploring Obi-Wan and Anakin’s dynamic through their normal Jedi duties (as opposed to diving into The Clone Wars yet again) has a lot of potential. Based on the installment, Obi-Wan and Anakin is off to a good start in fulfilling that promise.
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By James Asmus, Charles Soule, Stefano Caselli, Andres Mossa, Joe Sabino
The Inhuman team led by Crystal is on the hunt for Nuhumans, and their search has taken them to the isolationist nation of Sin-Cong. A nation that purports to be devoid of any people of Inhuman lineage.
It’s odd to see a group like the Inhumans, a group that once moved to the dark side of the Moon to get away from Humanity, traveling the world and working with SHEILD on a Inhumanitarian mission. It feels like something more in line with the X-Men.
Sin-Cong is quite obviously meant to be a satire of North Korea, a country which a very questionable leadership and human rights record. The leader of Sin-Cong bears a striking resemblance to Kim Jong Un, except he a has a mustache. The whole tone of the story reminded me of the movie The Interview. In that, two television TV personalities are recruited to assassinate Kim Jong Un by the CIA. While the movie is funny, it’s humor at times felt too crass and tasteless. I have no love for Kim Jong Un or his fictional counterpart and I don’t wish to handcuff Asmus or Soule’s creativity, but I feel like they should use some caution in further exploring this subject matter. A joke about the famous dictator could easily be mistaken for a racist joke about people of Asian descent, for example.
The story itself deals with Crystal meeting with the leader of Sin Cong, while her hidden team searches the country for Nuhumans. It’s clear that the leader of Sin Cong is a monster and hiding much more than he lets on.
The art by Stefano Caselli is very clear and good at depicting the story. He uses widescreen panels to depict the scale of the story, ten story high robots, people flying through the sky, etc. His style works as a natural complement to Steve McNiven’s style in the other Inhuman book. He also manages to clearly draw each member of the cast, which is pretty large, very well even out of costume.
All-New Inhumans premise seems to be right there in title, introducing new Inhuman characters to the Marvel Universe. Jumping on to the series for this issue, I had a decent idea from the writing what was happening. However, it feels less exciting to the title that Soule is writing in Uncanny Inhumans. It’s not bad, but feels very familiar despite all the changes that have happened. The cliffhanger at the end was surprising and I am somewhat curious to know what happened.
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