writers: Charles and Daniel Knauf
artist: Daniel Acuna
Though Marvel has tried over the decades
to make the Eternals important to the Marvel Universe, they
suffer from a problem that a lot of Jack Kirby's creations
have - they work best on their own. Neil Gaiman finally
up and admitted it, and though his mini-series definitely
took place in a wider context, he and John Romita, Jr. told
their story in a way that nodded and left the main Marvel
Universe behind. Poor Tony Stark - only his memories of
Sersi keep him warm at night.
In this follow-up series, taken over by
the Brothers Knauf and the often exquisite but idiosyncratic
Daniel Acuna, the blueprint set by Gaiman remains the same.
And that's a good thing.
Still reeling from the false realities
imposed upon them by the Eternal Sprite, this super race
find themselves preparing for two wars. On one side, the
blond leader Ikaris seeks to awaken lost Eternals and get
their support against the coming "Horde," a hive minded
destructive race heading toward Earth. However, in the heart
of the former Soviet Union, the dark Druig seeks to do the
same thing, except that for him it's really about conquering
If you follow the mainstream books, this
all seems to echo titles requiring you read a bunch. But
if you pretend that this is on its own, it works pretty
well. Though for a moment the Eternal Makkari makes contact
with the regular superhero community, it serves more as
acknowledgement that yes, those characters exist, but this
isn't their story. They've got a Secret Invasion of their
own to worry about.
It might even be better if you don't care
much for the big event cross-overs. That way you can just
enjoy this as a for now self-contained story writ large.
There's a lot at stake as laid out by the Knaufs, but it's
all going to be told here. At least, that's what I'm hoping.
The Knaufs make it fairly accessible. Without
belaboring too much, they bring new readers up to speed
through a conversation between Makkari and the Celestial
looming still in San Francisco. Then they move things forward
in what could easily be the "formula" for this book. But
by the end, the writers also throw things for a bit of a
loop, which makes this worth following just a little bit
further. Right now, with all the books vying for attention,
that may be the best a new title can do right now: convince
me to keep reading just a little bit further.
Acuna's art makes that easier. It's very
different than both Romita and Kirby, of course; though
not quite realistic, it has a lushness to it that makes
it almost cinematic. A bold choice that may not sit well
with everyone, it's worth looking over because it's so different.
He also seems to be an artist who can keep to a schedule,
so Eternals may be a book to be counted on appearing
In a month, I could eat these words, but
for now, Eternals looks like a book worth trying.
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