Charles Soule opens this issue by slowing down to introduce our characters: Iso, Naja, Flint, Dante (Inferno), and Gabby, Dante’s human sister. This timeout from frenetic action is a welcome move, because we haven’t gotten to know these new Inhumans very well. Gorgon, a long-time Inhuman who is loyal to Queen Medusa, is also here. Soule shows personalities extremely well, especially Gorgon. We see Gorgon and Dante have a strong friendship, and Gorgon exhibits a lot of compassion.
Inheriting this title from artist Ryan Stegman is Andre Araujo, who brings a style that immediately feels younger and looser, somewhat like Adrian Alphona’s Runaways or Ms. Marvel. The characters look more accurately like teens than they have in other issues. One panel where Flint sits stunned with mouth agape looks perfect. We’re also acquainted with Flint and Naja’s powers more than in recent issues.
Soule brings back a devious character from earlier in Inhuman: Lineage. His Loki-like scheming to grasp power is interesting to watch, although I’m surprised Medusa gives him as much leeway as she does here. The issue ends on a cliffhanger involving another character who hasn’t appeared recently in Inhuman. While it’s unexpected that Soule would bring Lineage back instead of focusing on just Medusa and Black Bolt’s conflict, I trust that Soule is unwrapping a master plan.
Inhuman stands out as one of the most entertaining and engaging current comics, especially because of its lack of tie-in with other titles. Soule is a thorough writer who is careful not to outpace his audience. Medusa and the NuHumans continue to be an intriguing, multifaceted cast.
The Verdict: 8.5/10