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Inhumans, Vol. 1: Culture Shock

by Sean McKeever

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Merideth says: The decendants of a genetic experiment by an alien race makes their home on the moon in the kingdom of Attlian. Inhumans believe that genetics equal destiny, and as a rite of adulthood, young people are exposed to the Terrigen Mists, a substance that reshapes them into a specific career. One such young man, San, is certain that he will be a warrior like his father, and is devastated when he emerges as a talented but physically weak artist. However, San is one of 5 young Inhumans chosen to to participate in a cultural exchange with Earth, and to attend a Wisconsin university. However, anti-Inhuman sentiment is strong, and save the perpetually upbeat Alaris, none of the Inhumans are excited about their assignment either.

This book was better than I expected it to be, however, I wasn't expecting much. Clark's pencils are expressive, and well-colored by Dave Kemp and the strong artwork carries a mediocre story straight out of a teen mass-market paperback. McKeever pulls the equivalent of a bait-and switch, by opening with the story of San. A warrior trapped the body of an artist, San has the potential to be a rich and compelling character. However, as soon as San's conflict is established, McKeever pulls the action to wacky campus hijinks. Nothing particularly surprising or original happens in the final 2/3s of this book, and reminds me of a particularly banal WB drama. (cross-posted from MeriJenBen) ( )
  59Square | Feb 20, 2009 |
A group of genetically altered young adults take up residence on earth as part of a cultural exchange, and must cope with shifting roles and expectations in this middling read.

The dependents of a genetic experiment by an alien race makes their home on the mood in the kingdom of Attlian. Inhumans believe that genetics equal destiny, and as a rite of adulthood, young people are exposed to the Terrigen Mists, a substance that reshapes them into a specific career. One such young man, San, is certain that he will be a warrior like his father, and is devastated when he emerges as a talented but physically weak artist. However, San is one of 5 young Inhumans chosen to to participate in a cultural exchange with Earth, and to attend a Wisconsin university. However, anti-Inhuman sentiment is strong, and save the perpetually upbeat Alaris, none of the Inhumans are excited about their assignment either.

This book was better than I expected it to be, however, I wasn't expecting much. Clark's pencils are expressive, and well-colored by Dave Kemp and the strong artwork carries a mediocre story straight out of a teen mass-market paperback. McKeever pulls the equivalent of a bait-and switch, by opening with the story of San. A warrior trapped the body of an artist, San has the potential to be a rich and compelling character. However, as soon as San's conflict is established, McKeever pulls the action to wacky campus hijinks. Nothing particularly surprising or original happens in the final 2/3s of this book, and reminds me of a particularly banal WB drama. ( )
  MeriJenBen | May 16, 2008 |
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They're just ordinary exchange students from a far-off land, here to learn about our culture - except their home is a mysterious city on the moon and they each possess fabulous, exotic abilities and appearances. The product of experiments on humanity by an alien culture a millennia ago, the Inhumans are a race governed by the laws of genetics. Here as nowhere else, diversity and individuality are prized beyond compare. The Inhumans have flourished in isolation from humanity within their island kingdom of Attilan on the surface of the moon, but what happens when their king decides to send some of his subjects to Earth to learn about humans? Will they be able to integrate into human culture? More important, will they even try? The next generation of Inhumans star in this atmospheric new ensemble drama. Collects Inhumans #1-6.

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