Issue by Issue – The Eternals #18

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

Druig is an Eternal who holds nothing but hate in his heart for the Celestials who have come back to Earth. To that effect, he is looking for an ancient weapon that is able to destroy the beings, one that was used previously and then abandoned and the answer to its whereabouts lies within Ikaris. Presenting a tale of dissension within the ranks is Jack Kirby, the man who created and has come to tell the tale of The Eternals since the beginning of the series. How Druig has come to exist with this lasting grudge over the years without anyone else finding out is never revealed, but the man will do whatever it takes to get the answer he needs whether by torturing those who serve him or capturing Ikaris and using those same methods dialed up exponentially. Just to keep things going, Kirby flashes back to Zuras, Sersi, Makkari and their human companions Margo Damian and Samuel Holden as they confer with the President’s men – looking to get some insight into the Celestials as well as furthering the relationship between humans and the long-lived Eternals. It is but a footnote in the story really, only present to keep the overall plot going and the least interesting thing to happen within the story. What is most intriguing about it all is the mystery of Druig and the fact that he happens to be the son of the Polar Eternals leader and by relation, the cousin of Ikaris. As it stands, one has to wonder just what it is that Druig intends to do with the weapon. Blasting Celestials is a sure thing, but what is his ultimate purpose, that remains to be answered by Kirby and he leaves the reader hanging until the next issue to discover what that answer might be. With artwork as wonderful as ever highlighted by Mike Royer’s steady hand and the brightest of hues by Glynis Wein, the book looks fantastic and better than ever. Action, drama and a cliff-hanger to leave the reader wanting more, The Eternals never fails to delight.

4 out of 5

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