Review: INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #5

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INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #5
Written by Charles Soule
Art by John Timms
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Charles Soule, you toy with our emotions the way Doom toys with his world…

Inhumans: Attilan Rising has been one of the best Secret Wars books and issue #5 is no exception. Soule’s work with these Inhuman characters, both in this series and the ongoing books, is phenomenal and the way he shows the bond between Black Bolt and Medusa is great. He solidifies them as a couple, drawn together no matter the circumstances, and at one point he both shocked me and broke my heart. The dialogue between the two is perfect and even though they are not married in this series, the ties of their bond follow them into Manhattan and the Battleworld. The ending is an interesting twist that shows a new side of how Doom’s world works, adding a new layer to the Secret Wars event that I found quite intriguing. Soule’s writing unfolds very well in this issue and I am more excited for Uncanny Inhumans than I ever was (and I was stoked before).

John Timms’ work is solid in this issue, though not as immaculate as it was earlier in the series. There are panels that appear to be a bit more rushed, but the artwork is never poor. When pages, like the final one, are insanely detailed it highlights some of the ones that are just a bit off, but this is a good looking comic overall. Timms handles the huge cast nicely and the emotion pouring out of Black Bolt in the later portions of the issue is perfect. His Medusa is strong and can hold her own with Blackagar at all times, which really sells this issue. Timms is a talented individual and he works well with Soule, and I wouldn’t be at all disappointed to see this pair work together again in the future.

Inhumans: Attilan Rising #5 is a solid issue with some great twists and some moments that hit like emotional sledgehammers. Soule gets these characters, I love his interpretations, and John Timms is a damn good artist. This has been a great series and a solid compliment to the main Secret Wars series.

The Verdict: 9.0/10

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