Issue by Issue – The Eternals #7

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

After the events in New York City, Jack Kirby takes the story back to the dome where Ajak and Doctor Damian reside with the Celestials, watching and studying everything that they are currently up to. For the moment, it adds up to little for the Celestials are observing mankind, though in doing so, a few things do take place. For one, Gammenon the Gatherer has been busy gathering up samples for Jemiah the Analyzer to examine, things like plants, animals and even man – reduced to atoms, at least for the time being. It stuns Doctor Damian and when Gammenon makes a gift of a seed capsule to Ajak and it is reverted to its original form, in its place stand three S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. To say they are a little angry is putting it lightly, but they have a mission to complete and they mean to do it, with or without the help of Doctor Damian and Ajak. Kirby once again showcases an exciting story with this issue, one seen from the perspective of the outside world and one that is all too common among those that consider themselves intelligent beings. It is always with violence that mankind reacts to the unknown, predictable and dangerous and more so when dealing with giant space-faring beings that are like unto gods themselves. While it is ridiculous to think that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will be able to do anything against the giant creatures, they try nonetheless and the results offer up a giggle or two for the reader. Suffice it to say, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents do not last very long in the story before they are removed from the equation. Of course, the very best thing about this particular issue is Kirby’s artwork which continually astounds and delights with each depiction of the Celestials. While each one is similar to the other, each has their own unique design and the detail with which Kirby draws them is incredibly fantastic. What is quite interesting is the fact that Kirby keeps flashing back to this dome and those that reside within. Though it is true that what takes place here is of significance and important to the story overall, the dome is supposed to be locked tight for the next fifty years. Continually coming back to it suggests that as the story unfolds, that may not always be so. As it is, this issue is yet another great chapter by a creator that can do no wrong.

4 out of 5

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  1. Oh boy. I remember first having this very issue, a few days before Christmas here in the UK. It was like a special early Christmas present. I loved this stuff, I remember I read it in the rosy light of our Christmas tree. Brilliant. I think this and Kirby’s 2001 comic were the highlights of my comic reading back then. Great times.

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