Issue by Issue – The Eternals #9

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

Ikaris, Margo and Makkari have decided to head to Olympia, home of the Eternals and Jack Kirby does not make it easy for them, throwing all manner of monsters in their way courtesy of a trickster named Sprite. Elsewhere around the world, the Celestials are making their presence known and in the Deviant city beneath the waves, Thena is made privy to the one of the Deviants’ oldest rituals where their outcasts are made to fight for their lives. Kirby packs this issue quite full, perhaps more than most and it definitely keeps the reader entertained as they move from one scenario to the next. It is not merely the fantastic or the writing that keeps one hooked either, but Kirby’s magnificent pencils which bring it all to life that continually enchant the eye and thus keep the excitement going from the first page to the last. It was the final act that really kept the reader hooked though, the battle between the Reject and Karkas being quite extraordinary. It is a ferocious fight and while the Reject battles for his life, an interesting thing happens. Usually when Kirby paints a monster upon the page, it is because said creature is truly a monster and yet, during the fight between the two, it is Karkas who is the innocent and the Reject who is the monster. In that moment when it is revealed just who is who, Kirby makes the reader want to know more about Karkas and just how it is that the Deviants are able to keep him under control, especially considering the size and power of the creature. Kirby ramps things up even further with the interference of a Celestial though, one whose intrusion may just end up helping the Reject and hurting the Deviants in the process. One does have to wonder just where Thena will end up in all of this and it should make things very interesting indeed. The opening chapter with Ikaris was fun, but as it showed very little, there was no real payoff to having that particular sub-plot in the book other than to start things off with a little action. While not necessarily a bad thing, the next couple of issues will hopefully flesh things out.

4 out of 5

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