Published: June 18th, 2008
Written by: Neil Gaiman
Art by: John Romita Jr.
Marvel Comics, 231 Pages
The thought of reading an Eternals comic written by Neil Gaiman was an exciting one. I loved the original Jack Kirby series, as well as the second big Eternals story that saw them appear in the pages of The Mighty Thor for over a year.
Sadly, this was an underwhelming disappointment.
What sucks even more about this is that the art was done by John Romita Jr., one of my favorite artists, whose work I fell in love with when I discovered him during Ann Nocenti’s Daredevil run.
The big problem with this story is that it’s just really boring. It features many of the core Eternals characters, brings in the Celestials and the Deviants, while also featuring Iron Man, Yellowjacket and Wasp. Still, it’s drab and reading this was a slog.
I really wanted to like it. It seemed like a potential perfect storm of awesomeness. It just left me feeling bored and empty.
It’s hard to peg why this didn’t work but maybe Gaiman was resting on his laurels. While I mostly liked the Romita art, it also felt like it was unfinished. Maybe the coloring was the issue but for whatever reason, nothing truly popped off of the page.
Frankly, this was a weak effort and a really forgettable comic regardless of the names attached to it.
Pairs well with: other earlier Eternals stories, primarily those by Jack Kirby and their early crossover with Thor.