Death of the Inhumans #3: A Gloriously Depressing Dirge

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Death of the Inhumans #3
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Writer: Donny Cates, Artist: Ariel Olivetti, Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire, Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Kaare Andrews, Variant Cover by: Aaron Kuder and Morry Hollowell, Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad, Editor: Wil Moss, Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Black Bolt hasn’t come back from his meeting with the Kree, and Medusa is becoming restless. She gathers Karnak, Crystal, and Gorgon to seek aid against the Kree’s Inhuman genocide. Meanwhile, Black Bolt himself has had his voice decimated and can only let out small yet still dangerous whispers. He breaks free of Kree bondage and explores his holding facility. He finds another familiar face being tormented by this Kree faction, and he has an unspeakable choice to make.

Death of the Inhumans #3 cover by Kaare Andrews
Death of the Inhumans #3 cover by Kaare Andrews

Death of the Inhumans #3 continues to both up the ante and improve upon the shaky first issue that had me lamenting the series. While the cynicism behind deciding to off the Inhumans is still a factor that bothers me, there’s little to complain about in the past two issues of Donny Cates’ Inhuman swansong.

I’m glad that the last issue wasn’t the end for Black Bolt; he is among the best Inhuman characters and represents a strong centerpiece for this narrative. I would like to see Medusa take a more active role in the story, but I suspect that this is already in the cards for the issues to come.

The first non-Inhuman guest star brings a somber note to the proceedings and is the emotional highpoint in this dirge of a comic. It’s sad and brings another death to this blood-soaked comic book. The second guest-star…well, I certainly wasn’t expecting him and definitely not in this fashion.

Death of the Inhumans #3 art by Ariel Olivetti and Jordie Bellaire
Death of the Inhumans #3 art by Ariel Olivetti and Jordie Bellaire

Ariel Olivetti continues to bring his talent to the page, detailing this issue with an almost cold and precise style. It adds to the somber atmosphere well, and the stark color work of Jordie Bellaire further conveys this sense of despair and destruction.

Death of the Inhumans #3 is another strong and depressing showing from Cates, Olivetti, and Bellaire. This issue finds more struggle and sorrow for the Inhuman royal family, and it’s a compelling and emotional read. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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(Last Updated September 8, 2018 12:12 pm )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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