Published: July 4th, 2018 – November 7th, 2018
Written by: Donny Cates
Art by: Ariel Olivetti, Kaare Kyle Andrews (covers)
Marvel Comics, 121 Pages
I have never been a fan of the Inhumans and really haven’t read much with them in it other than where they crossover with other Marvel heroes or groups. However, I always thought Black Bolt was kind of cool but the other characters felt dated and hokey to me, even by the time I picked up comics in the 1980s.
I do like Donny Cates, however, as everything he touches lately turns to gold. So I figured that I’d give the Inhumans a shot with Cates writing the story.
I’m glad that I did because Death of the Inhumans is pretty solid and now that I have watched the Inhumans TV show and understand the mythos better, despite that show not being very good, I was able to grasp these characters and their personalities better.
This is a very dark story and the title isn’t misleading but the story does suffer from Marvel being unable to commit to the bit, as these “deaths” aren’t true deaths and the doom and gloom is undone by the end.
I guess I didn’t know these characters enough for their deaths to effect me as heavily as they should have but the sentiment was still there and it still fueled Black Bolt as he went into the big finale with no fucks given. I liked seeing this but I thought the finale ended up being a bit of a cop out and it seemed too easily resolved. But I don’t really think that’s Cates’ writing as much as it is Marvel having control and probably having other plans for these characters in the short term.
The new villain Vox was cool as hell but there is a twist to the villain that I won’t ruin here. But I loved his look, his style and just how utterly evil he came across on the page.
Additionally, the art was great and a fan favorite character that hasn’t been seen in a long time makes a glorious comeback about midway through this miniseries.
Pairs well with: other recent Donny Cates works: Cosmic Ghost Rider, Venom and his Thanos run.