It’s always been painfully obvious what Marvel was doing with the Inhumans. Like Fantastic Four, some other company owns the movie rights to the X-Men and mutants, hence they have been trying to recast the Inhumans, which they own, into something that would compete with the X-titles so they can simply cancel them all and hurt Fox as much as they can.
But the problem is, comic fans aren’t buying it. They don’t like the Inhumans as a brand and certainly don’t want to give up the X-Men as a franchise. So Marvel decided to “combine” the two, giving us this Uncanny Inhumans title.
The New Attilan’s Royal Family has been searching for Black Bolt’s son, taken to the past as a favor by Kang the Conquerer and… stuff happens. This opening arc clearly is being used to stuff as much exposition as possible into the comic to bring new readers up to speed on the characters and backgrounds. This means that the pages are literally stuffed solid, not only with long, drawn-out explanations that really have nothing to do with the current story, but they’re also crammed with guest stars and cameos that likewise have nothing at all to do with the storyline, it just becomes a crowded mess that simply doesn’t do justice to the characters or the overall storyline Charles Soule is trying to tell.
Where this title really shines is the art by Steve McNiven. The pages are stuffed full of detail, but it really looks great throughout. McNiven and inker Jay Liesten and colorist Sunny Gho really save the title and will probably keep me reading for at least another arc to see if things get better over time. It’s just pretty to look at, even if I found myself struggling to actually read along with the story. And the story really ends with a whimper in issue #4, where there could have, and should have been some action, but it all kind of peters out. Unfortunately, if this is supposed to make readers of the X-Men change alliances, I fear they’re in for a sad surprise. No matter how many titles the X-Men have, no matter how confusing the whole X-Saga becomes, at least the characters are interesting and frankly, I didn’t find the Uncanny Inhumans to be particularly fun. Then again, I’ve never really been a fan so that might not be much of a surprise. Are there many fans for the Inhumans? I don’t know. Certainly not nearly as many as the X-titles and with stories like this, I don’t see many jumping ship to come over here.
I’ll keep giving it a try and maybe things will improve. If not, I’m jumping off. Sorry, I tried. I wanted it to be good. The art is great, it’s the story that fell apart for me. Without a good story, how can any title hope to survive?