Battleworld: Inhumans: Attilan Rising

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 7/10

Always liked the Inhumans

Story feels buried in the whole Secret Wars series

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Inhumans:  Attilan Rising

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist: John Timms

# of Issues: 5

Release Date: 2015

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Inhumans: Attilan Rising #1

Reprints Inhumans:  Attilan Rising #1-5 (July 2015-November 2015).  The Voice Unheard is a terrorist group meaning to overthrow the rule of Doom.  Medusa and her Inhumans are out to infiltrate and stop the cell before it does irreparable damage to New Attilan.  Blackagar is the leader of the Voice Unheard.  He sees Doom for what he is…a tyrant.  Blackagar and his freedom fighters are out to stop New Attilan before it is too late for Battleworld.

Written by Charles Soule, Battleworld:  Inhumans:  Attilan Rising is a Marvel Comics superhero comic book collection.  The series spins out of the Secret Wars title and features art by John Timms.

I always liked the Inhumans growing up.  They were weird and odd and when they appeared it was something special…then Marvel started pushing them.  The rights to the X-Men were all tied up with FOX and the Inhumans could be the potential new X-Men…but they weren’t the X-Men.  They got their maligned TV series and tons of titles that felt like they only ran for short stints.   Battleworld:  Inhumans:  Attilan Rising rises from the attempts to raise the visibility of the Inhumans.

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Inhumans: Attilan Rising #4

The story itself is rather interesting.  Like most of the Secret Wars storylines, it has you rooting for terrorists.  Doom is ruling Battleworld with an iron fist and it is only small factions that can fight against him.  The story plays out as the terrorists trying to convince the sympathizers that Doom is the evil one…and once that fails, Doom steps in and reverse the roles with the implication that it has all played out before.

The problem is that in general, the story feels mired in the whole Secret Wars convoluted storyline.  It was kind of hard to follow Secret Wars and with tons and tons of titles, few seemed to get a grasp on Secret Wars and any idea of what it was supposed to do.  The highlighting of specific characters (like the Inhumans) wasn’t a bad thing, but since Secret Wars was always going to be temporary, it is hard to be invested in the story because it essentially is a “What If?” story that requires readers to buy five issues.  It is a hard sell for a story that is slightly better than average.

Secret Wars is generally considered a mess.  I like that it did give characters some “page time” that didn’t always get featured in comics, but besides that, it just felt rather gimmicky.  Inhumans:  Attilan Rising had moments (I particularly liked when the usually mute Black Bolt gained his powers…Medusa wasn’t quite ready), but for the most part, the series can be skipped except for hardcore fans.

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