Issue by Issue – The Eternals #11

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

With this issue, Jack Kirby not only expands the Eternals family, but shows the reader what happens when one attempts to interfere in the affairs of the Celestials. Starting things off, Zuras has sent out the call to all Eternals in order that they might unite as one in the Uni-mind and to that effect, they gather in Olympia from wherever they might have originated. It is here that Kirby introduces those who are related to Ikaris – the Polar Eternals. They are, if nothing else, slightly arrogant as they believe themselves to be better than the rest of their brethren. Ikaris does not and he finds their attitude to be somewhat deplorable, but when it comes down to it, they are family. While anything having to do with the Eternals is quite interesting, the most exciting part of the book has to do with the Russians who have deemed the Celestial in their country to be a threat and with all threats, one has to take care of it before it takes care of you. In this instance that means a nuclear missile which they hope will destroy the giant, though they know not if it will work, only that it is the most powerful weapon in their arsenal. What happens is both thrilling and quite frightening as what Kirby puts down upon the page proves just how powerful these god-like beings truly are. What one does have to take into account though is the fact that Nezzar of the Fourth Host has only used a fraction of its power. What happens when it, or all of the Celestials are forced to bring their full might down upon the planet and its denizens? For now, it remains to be seen if the Uni-mind might reveal what it is that Zuras wants to know. Perhaps there will be a solution to the problem of the Celestials and perhaps not, but what he does know is that they have to try. While the story is a fairly serious one, there is at least one moment of levity involving Sersi who can always be counted upon to lighten things up with her carefree attitude and due to that very fact, she is definitely one of the better characters that Kirby has created for this book. Compelling reading to say the least.

4 out of 5

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