Royals #1: An Inhuman Space Odyssey

Mitch Nissen Mitch Nissen
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April 9th, 2017

Grew up reading comic books in the 90's. Marvel fan at heart. Hulk, the Midnight Sons, and Marvel's cosmic universe are my favorites.

Royals #1: An Inhuman Space Odyssey
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Writer Al Ewing, artist Jonboy Meyers, and colorist Ryan Kinnaird show us the next phase in the saga of the Inhumans. Royals #1 is packed with story and exciting artwork. The Inhumans are going cosmic where endless possibilities await.

Review of: Royals #1
Price:
Stellar

Reviewed by:
Rating:

5
On April 9, 2017
Last modified:April 9, 2017

Summary:

Writer Al Ewing, artist Jonboy Meyers, and colorist Ryan Kinnaird show us the next phase in the saga of the Inhumans. Royals #1 is packed with story and exciting artwork. The Inhumans are going cosmic where endless possibilities await.

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Royals #1 marks the beginning of a new era in the adventures of the Black Bolt, Medusa, and their Inhuman family. Marvel lays the groundwork for the next installment of the Inhumans saga. ComiConverse contributor Mitch Nissen takes a look.

Royals #1: An Inhuman Space Odyssey

The Inhumans have long been a part of the Marvel continuum, first appearing way back in 1965. Genuine Jack Kirby and Stan Lee originals, the Inhumans jumped out on the Marvel radar in a big way after the 2014 comic book event Infinity. The following mini event Inhumanity ushered in a regular monthly series that has continued on to this day, in one incarnation or another.

Writers Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction laid the foundation, crashing the Inhuman city of Attilan into New York harbor and unleashing the Terrigen Cloud on the Earth. Writer Charles Soule took those ideas and ran with them, acting as the primary architect of the Inhumans saga for the last three years. Everything Soule has been building toward came to a head in the 2017 event Inhumans Vs X-Men. Now the Terrigen Cloud is no more and the Inhumans no longer have a reason to remain on Earth.

Soule has handed over the reins to writer Al Ewing. Ewing's initial foray, the book Inhumans Prime, saw the ending of Soule's Inhumans saga and set the stage for the next series: Royals.

Synopsis

The monarchy is over. Black Bolt and Medusa have long ruled over the Inhumans. Under their reign the Inhumans have experienced more upheavals and more war than any other reign in Inhuman history. And now because of them the Terrigen, the most sacred element to inhumanity, is no more. Medusa recognizes the fact that, while they have always had their people's best interests in mind, the royal family may not be what's best for the Inhumans.

Story continues below

Noh-Varr, the Kree man known as Marvel Boy, arrives at New Attilan with an offer of atonement for the royal family. While the Inhumans have long existed on Earth, their origins lay in outer space with the Kree. With no more Terrigen remaining on Earth there will be no more Inhumans. Marvel Boy offers to lead them on a journey through space to unlock the secrets of their origin and a chance to save inhumanity from extinction.

The Breakdown

Al Ewing fills the first issue of Royals with a ton content and story fodder. The book opens five thousand years in the future on what looks like an alien world or city. There is a figure suspiciously similar to Black Bolt, aged and brooding, but speaking as well. A bit of cryptic dialog hints that something has happened to one of the seven Inhumans who ventured into space, which character remains unclear.

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Then the narrative jumps to the present and to an action scene where Gorgon and Medusa attempt to stop a new Inhuman. The new Inhuman appears to have stayed in its cocoon far too long, warping its terragenesis. Medusa and Gorgon flounder whilst trying to contain the creature when Iso and Flint arrive and quickly subdue the monster. The scene plants feelings of inadequacy in Medusa, shaking her confidence.

Then Marvel Boy arrives with a proposition: a space odyssey to the Kree galaxy. Medusa, already questioning her purpose and searching for a means of redemption, jumps at the opportunity. But Marvel Boy appears to have a secret agenda for this space mission as well. After saying goodbye to their loved ones, Medusa, Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Flint,

Royals #1

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Writer Al Ewing, artist Jonboy Meyers, and colorist Ryan Kinnaird show us the next phase in the saga of the Inhumans. Royals #1 is packed with story and exciting artwork. The Inhumans are going cosmic where endless possibilities await.

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