Horrific storyline, with grotesque revelations, but this is hauntingly told, lushly illustrated, and just the perfect book, a book that Black Bolt deserves. Favorite character, author, illustrator, and book.
Love, love, love.
I love everything about this and wish I had time to write a longer review, but I can't. I want to read the next issue and catch up with comics since I only have one day a week that I really allow myself to read right now. I can only afford Friday's at this point, so it's going to have to be a very short review. This series is absolutely a fantastic place to start reading about the Inhumans: it explains what it needs to in story, without feeling like an info dump, and it's pretty much a stand alone story. A newbie to this fandom would do well starting with this series, in face.
Man, the old style of writing for comics can get clunky. So, so clunky. There's more nuance nowadays: a little more trust of the audience, so not everything has to be said quite as plainly as it is.
Still, I want to see what happens to that lady who went through Terrigenesis, but there was too much going on: two big threats, which meant all action and no real character development which was one of the reasons this was rated so low.
I did like the art, but I also didn't think it was the best art I'd seen in a comic. I prefer the recent comics, though, with more of an emphasis on characters.
They don't actually fight here: even when Crystal has Dusaike take down the X-Men, it's more that he can't save everyone from a riot, and violence, without doing so. Crystal assures him that she'll take responsibility and Storm will understand, since the Inhumans had just tried to help save mutants from the Terrigent Mist cloud. (That is grammatically correct: Terrigen Mist is what it's called, and it's also a free ranging cloud at the moment. Before it was contained.)
Cyclops, who believes that the Inhumans lied about the Mist being safe, warns the world, a world that had been accepting of the Inhumans, making them mistrust Crystal, Medusa and the rest.
Medusa doesn't want to start a war, but knowing what she does? She knows one is likely to come, and perhaps inevitable. If it comes to the mutants or her people, she's choosing her people and wants to plan to win a war that she doesn't want to take part in at all.
The tension, the misunderstandings, the paranoia? I understand it. Each side has been used, manipulated, chased out of their homes. Someone has tried to kill both Inhumans and mutants at many points, and so I understand, and sympathize with both sides. Still, it's making me want to make things better because I feel so much for both sides - and I want to clear up the misunderstandings, try to help them both.
I know how this is going to end, though, and it's going to get a lot uglier before anything good can happen.