THE INHUMANS #1-2 (1975)


Don’t get too excited when you see George Perez in the credits.  This is early work, and he’s still forming his distinctive style.  Still, in the sequence above you can see the beginnings: Thin panels crowd a page to flash quickly between an event and the people watching it, giving a sense of urgency.

I am fairly sure this is the first time we saw the Terrigen Mists in action-at least like this-and it kind of looks like a torture chamber.

Anyway, in this initial story, we learn that the Kree are at war in another galaxy and Blastaar comes to Earth to take out the Inhumans, who are seen as a possible threat to turn the tide of that war.  He comes to Attilan, knocks out pretty much the entire Royal Family, turns on some doomsday machines, and leaves.  I could have used more of him-he’s a favorite villain of mine.

The machines are basically the Inhuman version of The Sentinels, called the Kaptroids (or as I call them, “crap droids”), because everything about The Inhumans is basically a stupid version of something cool from the X-Men.  The Inhumans defeat the droids and, in the end, we see what happened to that woman who was in the mists in the beginning.
Apparently, not wanting to be “ugly” is now a sanctioned use for the mists.

Creators: Doug Moench and George Perez
Grade: C+.  Very slightly above average for the Perez art and for the fact that this is a not-so-bad Inhumans comic, which is not an easy feat to pull off.
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