Comics

Issue by Issue – The Eternals #12

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

Things are happening in Olympia at the moment and they could not be more different as one is bringing the Eternals together and is causing them quite a bit of consternation. The latter has been instigated by Thena who has arrived in Olympia City with a pair of Deviants, one who looks like an Eternal and one who looks like a monster. To say there is talk among the residents is putting it lightly and they fear not only for their safety, but what should happen if the Deviants were to stay. As seen last issue, Zuras has called a meeting of the Eternals to form the Uni-mind, a coalescing of all Eternals into one great collective consciousness. Jack Kirby continues to take the Eternals in new directions, innovating as he has always does and it reinforces the fact that the man remains one of the greatest creators to ever work in comics. The Eternals are fascinating not only as characters, but as a concept of what ancient/future humanity could be, an evolved race that has moved past wars and petty squabbles and the like. Additionally, Kirby’s artwork is as good as ever, the man seemingly unable to draw a bad page. Once again, the Reject and Karkas nearly steal the show, the two characters being far more interesting than most, mainly because they seem to be far more than they are on the outside. Karkas is about as intelligent a being as they come, wanting only peace and to live with the respect granted to every other living being. He at least seems to be a sensible creature, while The Reject on the other hand, doubts Thena’s motives and is very distrustful of those around him and one can see the violence simmering beneath the surface. While everyone is questioning Thena’s decision, they may be right in doing so and not because of Karkas.  As for the Uni-mind, little is shown of just what its purpose might be, but Kirby has to leave something for the next issue. Additionally, there is a little interlude with Ajak and the professor, a scene that serves to tell the reader that the dome containing them and the Celestials may not be up for very much longer. Twelve issues in and this is yet another excellent outing featuring one of Kirby’s best creations.

4 out of 5

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