Uncanny Inhumans #4
Writer: Charles Soule
Penciler: Steve McNiven
Inker: Jay Leisten
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Everyone has been saying that Marvel is trying to replace the X-Men with the Inhumans. If anything Charles Soule’s conclusion to his first story arc of Uncanny Inhumans will only strengthen those voices as this one deals with traveling to the past and manipulating the timeline. Which any X-Men fanboy will highlight as a staple of their favorite franchise. However that shouldn’t get in the way of what should be recognized as a well executed entry into the Marvel Universe.
This issue and the entire story arc in general has a strong emphasis on the theme of choice. How does it effect ourselves, our loved ones, and those caught in the crossfire? What are the consequences of our choices? These are all questions that that Soule plays around with in this adventure featuring the Inhuman Royal Family and their friends. In previous issues choices are made by Black Bolt involving his son Ahura and time traveling conqueror Kang result in tragedy. This then leads to another choice which is made together by the now separated couple of Black Bolt and Medusa which calls for the time traveling to come into place.
Soule’s writing in here is very strong as he not only is able to tell a compelling story involving the great theme of the consequences of choice but is also able to keep the ending open-ended with what appears to be a game changer involving Ahura.
The artwork by penciler Steve McNiven is worth noting as well as it’s very detailed and the style complements the tone perfectly. Every character has a unique trait and feature to them to distinct them from the rest. As opposed to other artist that may rely more on costumes, masks, and colors in order for the viewer to tell one character from another; McNiven draws every characters face, limb, and body type different from one another which deserves recognition.
Overall, Uncanny Inhumans #4 wraps up a solid first story arc into a franchise that Marvel is desperately trying to push. It leaves its readers with an open-ended conclusion that will make readers want to return to the series for the next issue.
Score: 4 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach