Taking place immediately after the popular Paul Jenkins/Jae Lee 12-issue run of the Inhumans, the writing team of Carlos Pacheo and Rafael Marin tackled the royal family along with Jose Ladronn on art chores. Fans of European sci-fi material like Metal Hurlant should definitely check the series out as Ladronn’s art is a fantastic synthesis of styles such as Moebius and Jack Kirby, capturing a fine elegance in line work while maintaining a sense of bold storytelling and dynamic action.
It’s also worth checking out as this series kick-started the more cosmic space-faring aspect of the Inhumans, seeing them brought into the larger framework of the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe and the ongoing wars between the Kree, Skrull, Shi’ar, and Spartan empires. The series sees Ronan the Accuser invading the Inhuman city of Attilan and forcing the Inhumans into servitude, revealing the larger designs of the Kree and utilizing the Inhumans as a tool in disrupting the dealings of other alien species.
The story unfolds at a brisk pace yet there’s an incredibly dense amount of information per issue, showcasing the creative team’s skills at telling a compressed and engaging story without wasting any time or space. They also allow for Ladronn to impress with his character designs, architecture, and overall sense of awe-inspiring Kirby-ness.
It should be noted that Ladronn was removed from the last issue and art duties were given to Jorge Lucas. While it’s disappointing that Ladronn didn’t finish out the series, Lucas was an inspired choice as he maintained the sense of style for the series and even added a little bit more of a Kirby flair.
It’s also worth noting this series as we are seeing hints of the Marvel Cinematic Universe leaning towards the revelation of Inhumans in the Agents of SHIELD tv series after we’ve already been introduced to Ronan and the Kree in the Guardians of the Galaxy. Remember that blue alien corpse that popped up in SHIELD? Also of note is the appearance of Peter Quill’s (Starlord) father Jason of Sparta. It’s kind of a continuity mess, and really doesn’t matter in the long run, but it’s a neat inclusion considering we wouldn’t see Star-Lord becoming a key player until Annihilation: Conquest seven years later.
This is a fairly easy series to hunt down as it’s generally unknown and overshadowed by the preceding run by Jenkins & Lee (also worth hunting down). Chances are you can probably find most of the run easily enough in discount bins, but I would expect most comic stores with back issues to probably keep it in their backstock if they ever come across it. You probably don’t have to pay much more than $3-5 an issue though, and that’s a steal for the artwork alone.