Issue by Issue – The Eternals #13

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

Readers are presented with a race to the stars like no other with the latest issue of The Eternals as written and drawn by Jack Kirby, one as only the King of Comics could provide. With the Celestials’ ship in orbit above the Earth, the Deviants who survived the attack on their home of Lemuria, now realize that they must strike hard and fast if they are to avoid and live through the Celestials’ judgement. To that effect they send up a ship of their own, armed with a bomb which they believe will be enough to destroy the Celestial base and thus preserving their lives. Unbeknownst to them, humanity has also sent up a vessel to investigate and when Sprite who is on watch for the Eternals, free of the Uni-mind sees this, he knows that he must act. Kirby fills the book with action and excitement as the three original races of the Earth all rush from the planet with very different goals in mind. The man’s artwork is fantastic, portraying that very adjective and he continues to make each and every page better than the last. This book also introduces yet another Eternal to the world, one who goes by the moniker of the Forgotten One. He is an interesting character – a man who has been shut out by Zuras for his meddling in human affairs and essentially living up to his name, forgotten by all except for Sprite who recalls that he was once a hero and that he might be able to help in the absence of anyone else. Though Kirby fails to put any of the more recognizable Eternals in the book, it never hampers the story he is telling and aids to further that which he has spent a dozen issues laying out. It is good to see that Kro survived the destruction of his city, the Deviant’s relationship with Thena making him far more intriguing than he would have been otherwise. One does have to wonder though if he is going to overthrow his leader at some point though, as it is plainly obvious that he does not fully agree with all of the decisions that Tode is making. Captivating is perhaps the best word to describe what Kirby has accomplished with this title and it does not seem to be slowing down whatsoever.

4 out of 5

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