Issue by Issue – The Eternals #14

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

After the excitement of the last issue, Jack Kirby keeps it going by once more focusing on the Eternals as they return from space in the form of the Uni-mind. Upon their entry to the Earth, the mysterious object gives off some cosmic radiation which does the unthinkable and animates an electronic Hulk – a robot built by students with incredible strength, but flawed as it may be, it truly acts like the monster it resembles. No longer under any sort of control and on a rampage, it is up to Ikaris, Sersi and Makkari to stop the creature before it does any more damage. Kirby packs the book with action as the ‘Hulk’ goes berserk. It may not be quite as strong as the real deal, but now having been imbued with cosmic rays, who could ever tell them apart. Makkari is first up and he fails spectacularly, followed by Ikaris who does little to no damage against the behemoth. It is an interesting battle to say the least and fails to come to any sort of conclusion by the end of the book, promising more action to follow in the next. Kirby also adds a dose of drama with the dissolution of the Uni-mind – a natural occurrence for the Eternals, but a very odd experience for the humans who were given the opportunity to be a part of it, including Margo who cannot seem to find her bearings after all is said and done. Going through what Margo has gone through in the amount of time that she has, it would be enough to make anybody feel mad – learning about the existence of various hidden races, of space gods and all manner of nearly extraterrestrial things. While little of note happened in this particular issue, Kirby keeps things moving along with a more than decent interlude in his larger story.

3.5 out of 5

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