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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Comic Review - War of Kings – Who Will Rule?


Title/Storyline
War of Kings – Who Will Rule?
Publish Date/Year
2009
Creative Team
Words - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art - Paul Pelletier & Andrew Hennessy
Publisher
Marvel

Story
Previously, in the mini series…
The War of Kings storyline changed the status of the Inhumans in the Marvel Universe from being refugees to interstellar conquerors. At the end of the Mini Series, after the T-Bomb exploded and seemingly destroyed the 2 empires’ respective kings, Black Bolt and Vulcan. The Shi’ar ceded to Kree rule to stop further loss of life. However, the explosion from the T-Bomb had already caused a fracture in the fabric of reality.

Now…
In the wake of the mini series, while both the Kree & Shi’ar are still reeling from the loss of both their respective kings, Black Bolt and Vulcan, in their final showdown to destroy the T-Bomb, they were in the midst of bidding their final farewell to their beloved former Empress, Lilandra, who was assassinated by the Fraternity of the Raptors during the War. (See http://jmerb.blogspot.com/2009/07/comic-review-war-of-kings-darkhawk.html)

Crystal, meanwhile, is reluctantly mulling the idea of being made the Regent to rule over the Shi’ar empire. She tries to get Gladiator to do the job instead, for the sake of the Shi’ar, as she knows nothing about the Shi’ar.

However, during the procession, the Imperial Guard stages a military coup and disrupts the funeral for Lilandra. This is where we get to see the savagery and prowess of the Inhumans (now led by Queen Medusa). Gladiator, however, sides with the Inhumans as expected. After all, he is the ultimate soldier and the Imperial Guard, despite their hatred for the Kree & Inhumans, still hold him in the highest regard.

Finally, Gladiator reluctantly takes the responsibility from Crystal and order was returned. However, in the final 2 pages, we see that events may have occurred due to further manipulations of the Fraternity of the Raptors. Elsewhere, we see the return of a most interesting, if not fearsome character in the same class (Universal Threat Level) with Thanos and Darkseid – the Magus.

Art
Pelletier turns in consistent & competent work but the ink-work is a little too broad-stroked and reminiscent of the 80’s style, more specifically Joe Sinnott’s work.Not that it’s a bad thing, only that it makes the work look dated.

Additional Comments
Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning has done something that many others have tried but failed – make Marvel cosmic stories not only interesting but provide gripping-you-by-the-edge-of-your-seat excitement!

I was really happy to see the Magus return! He was a really big in the 70’s as Adam Warlock’s arch nemesis. He’s been in limbo ever since because he was a Jim Starlin brainchild and nobody touched him.

The developments with the Fraternity of the Raptors also looks like it will become a strong platform to build a rich tapestry of relevant cosmic events (and perhaps even bring back ROM, Spaceknight?)

I highly recommend fans who like this story to also pick up the current incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy – which runs in parallel with all things cosmic (DUH!). Together with Nova (equally successful), these titles form Marvels cosmic pillars, I personally much prefer Guardians of the Galaxy to Nova.

Let me know what you think.

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