Written by Charles Soule
Art by John Timms
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 10, 2015

Some wild things can happen in Secret Wars. One such thing is a Blackagar Boltagon who is as suave as James Bond and runs a club that looks like it is from Casino Royale.

It’s a damn riot.

Charles Soule is using the situation of Secret Wars to his advantage, putting characters in surprising situations while maintaining the qualities that make them who they are. I loved the first issue, and can genuinely say this issue continued to surprise me. Soule chooses his Inhumans well in this issue, utilizing a dynamic group of characters to keep the issue flowing and entertaining. One appearance in particular caught me by surprise, and reaffirmed that not knowing what’s coming is making this comic a hoot. There is a huge level of drama, suspense, action and some great dialogue here, and it is clear that Soule is dialed into the Inhumans. He gets these characters and can use them to their maximum effectiveness, and readers reap the benefits of his skilled writing.

John Timms’ art is rock solid, and he channels some serious James Bond vibes in this issue. Auran is arguably a bit too Bond-girl, but I think it’s a stylistic choice that Timms redeems somewhat later in the issue. His action sequences are fantastic, and Black Bolt steals the show whenever he appears on a page. The Quiet Room is a stylish and dynamic place that Timms uses as a great backdrop for drama. The surprising character I mentioned before is great by Timms’ hand, and I am hoping I see his name on an ongoing book when more details about the upcoming #1s are released. This is a stylish comic that is penciled as well as it is written, and it is written damn well.

Inhumans: Attilan Rising #2 is a great second issue in what is shaping up to be a gem of a miniseries. Soule and Timms are a rock solid creative team that are telling an interesting story with dynamic characters that could prove to be an integral part of Secret Wars. This is what’s great about this event, and you can’t go wrong with this comic & mini.

The Verdict: 9.5/10


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