Issue by Issue – The Eternals Annual #1

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

The only annual the Eternals would grace would feature an adventure starring Thena, Karkas and the Reject as they must stop a Deviant scientist named Zakka from causing inordinate amounts of trouble. Zakka has created a device that will allow him to conjure up warriors from the past and is now using them to create as much havoc as possible. Zuras summons Thena and her Deviant companions to take care of the problem and they do just that, though in a roundabout way. What is slightly humourous about it all is that while Thena and the Deviants do their best, Zakka is bested by himself and his own machinations. Still, it seeing Karkas and the Reject in action is a good thing as they are two of the best characters to grace the series. Kirby has proven that through their limited engagements and did so through some truly great characterization, both in their personalities, their physical appearance and their relationship with each other. The two are always at odds with each other and with the Eternals whom they have ended up staying with. Thena on the other hand is the classic vision of a goddess – blonde, statuesque and powerful and having her become close with Karkas and the Reject makes for a good case of opposites attracting. No, they are not in love with each other, but they do make a good team and it perfectly showcases the differences between the Eternals and the Deviants. Despite his fearsome appearance, Karkas is a thoughtful creature, more prone to reasoning something out instead of fighting, though if need, he will throw down with those he sees as an enemy. As for the Reject, the man is all fight and both Karkas and Thena must constantly try and keep him in check for fear of what will happen if they do not. As for the villains, Zakka is not all that impressive a creation, though Kirby soon outdoes himself as Zakka summons Tutinax – the Mountain Mover to face off against the heroes. Kirby is always at his best the more outlandish his creations become and Tutunax definitely fits that bill. In the end, the group wins the day and it could not have concluded any other way. Altogether, Kirby and Royer create an extremely action-packed tale that compliments the ongoing title perfectly – as if it could have turned out any other way.

4 out of 5

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