Issue by Issue – The Eternals #6

Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer
Colours – Glynis Wein
Letters – Mike Royer

Continuing straight from the events of the last issue, the Eternals as represented by Thena and Makkari have stopped the Deviants in their tracks and surprisingly, they surrender without so much as a fuss. The Deviants, as according to Kro, have accomplished what they set out to do. Humanity has been made aware of their presence and of the Celestials and they are now sufficiently riled up to do the Deviant’s work for them. And that work? To attack the Celestials in the hopes of driving them from the planet, which as readers know, will be impossible as they are like unto the gods themselves. Jack Kirby presents his most interesting tale to date in this title, one that furthers the story set out in the first issue and one that finds the relationship between the Deviants and the Eternals far more complicated and strange than originally thought of. With this story the Deviants, while still vile and as evil as can be, are shown to be quite intelligent and not as feral or out of control as most monsters are usually depicted. Kro in particular seems uninterested in what is going on now and after capturing Sersi and sinking Ikaris to the bottom of the ocean, he acquiesces to Thena and Makkari’s demands without a seeming care in the world. So as Kirby makes a truce between the races, the man continues to plant the seeds of war against the Celestials in the book by leaving it off on a cliff-hanger, knowing that man’s curiosity will get the better of him. This is the kind of thing that Kirby is known for, pitting mankind against the unknown and it is one of the things that make his work so outstanding and timeless, something that everyone can relate to. Curiosity may have killed the cat but without it, humanity would never have advanced to where it currently resides today and Kirby pushes that through his work, making it both exciting and thrilling. Additionally, his artwork is fantastic and it really pops off the page with the help of Mike Royer and Glynis Wein who embellish this tale of gods and monsters to great effect. While the fate of Eternals, Deviants and Man lies in doubt, there is none when it comes to reading the next issue as the King of Comics never fails to entertain.

4 out of 5

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