Eternals Author:Neil Gaiman You are thousands of years old. You have amazing powers. You have watched civilizations rise and fall. So why does no one remember any of this? Bestselling Author Neil Gaiman (Marvel: 1602, Anansi Boys, Sandman) is joined by superstar artist John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine) to present a tale that will change the Eternals and the M... more »arvel Universe forever! Collects Eternals #1-7.« less
I am neither a huge comic book nerd nor a novice. I can recognize that the Avengers and Iron Man are in this book, the significance of the crossover and... not care. I'm not into superhero comics - and this is one.
I am a Gaiman fan, and his writing can *usually* at least make the universe interesting (as he did with Black Orchid.) The mythology presented was rich enough that "the dream king" should have done more with the history.
So yeah, it's superhero pap.
A retelling of a 1970s Jack Kirby title.
I didn't like it.
So if you're reading it because it's Neil, skip it. It's flat.
Even the art is... pulpy and traditional.
I judge my artists by what they bring to the page: How long do I have to stare at a panel to absorb it? Do I have to look back to see if I missed some beautiful story subtitles? (Hellboy art is full of foreshadowing) Does it strike me as beautiful even without the words-is something going on? Is it ART?
Bit snobbish in my review, but I don't see any others up here. Just want to inform casual readers what to expect.
Okay I will start by saying I am a huge Gaiman fan. So, I really like his stuff. When I saw that this had been released I stuck on my wish list and finally got it for Christmas!
Supposedly this is a revamp of The Eternals as done by Kirby back in the day. I never read any of the originals but this still looked pretty cool.
The drawing is fantastic; the super heroes and Eternals have undergone a revamp and are now sleek and updated. I thought it was fun that some classic super heroes made appearances in here, the appearance of Iron Man was especially timely.
The Eternals themselves were made into mysterious and curiously deep characters. In the beginning I was a bit confused about who was "good" and who was "bad'. Of course that was the point the Eternals don't take sides, they just are. As usually Gaiman made the story go deeper than the overall plot; bringing in questions of mortality, eternal youth, and the origin of life.
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I am very happy I read it. The only thing I was really disappointed in was that Gaiman did all this work to set up these great characters and this great story and then it was over! I hope that there are more additions to this set.