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The Eternal #6

Posted: Friday, December 5, 2003
By: Bob Moser



Writer: Chuck Austen
Artists: Kev Walker (p), Simon Coleby (i)

Publisher: Marvel MAX

Plot:
The Celestials have come to Earth in order to punish the Eternals for daring to procreate. The Eternalsí leader Ikaeden makes a bargain to save the planet and the future human race.

Comments:
This is the last issue of The Eternal and thatís a damn shame because it was the only MAX series to live up to the billing of the imprint. Iím not entirely sure what Marvel expected from this series or from the MAX imprint in general? Eternal usually sold around 15,000 units, which compared to other mature readers books published by the competition its better than most, yet their books are under no threat of cancellation. I just donít get the current Marvel business model. Grand promises, poor deliveries and cancellations seem to be the standard of the day.

Now on to the book.

Chuck Austen does a competent job of finishing off a series which had the rug pulled out from under it. Some of the edges of this issue where a little rough and seemed rushed yet I get the feeling that Austen had plenty in store for the reader, but alas it was not to be. His references to Christian mythology are haunting in their implication yet humorous in their irreverence. I must admit that I have never read Jack Kirbyís original 1970s Eternals series, but I have a passing familiarity with the concept and think that Austen has masterfully adapted the property for a new and less socially constraining era. I have no idea where he ultimately planed to take the series but I can dream.

Penciler Kev Walker and inker Simon Coleby create thin-line renderings depicting gaunt characters which fit the depraved and grotesque tone of the series. The Celestials are monolithic forms which exude an impenetrable presence, and good God damn it I wanted to see Walkerís depiction of Galactus, but once again I can always dream. Dan Brownís colors are earthy and violent, which is good because there are buckets of blood, guts and dust in this series. All around I think the art style fit the tone and plot of the issue as well as the entire series to a tee, when the art doesnít fit the writing it can quickly ruin an otherwise well-written comic.

Final Word:
If you want to read a 1980s EPIC style comic buy this issue and all the others that came before, I doubt there will ever be a trade.



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