Warren Ellis & Gerardo Zaffino
Karnak sees the flaws in all things. He is an Inhuman, a new species of humanity (similar to, but confusingly distinct from, X-Men). He has never undergone the Terrigen Mists that give Inhumans their powers, yet he is immensely powerful. Karnak shatters people’s fractured limbs, he destroys weakened livers, he quite literally exploits the flaws of mankind. He is a reckoning with ash white skin and green lines across his body. He speaks ill of everything, he holds nothing sacred aside from his belief that all things are flawed.
Warren Ellis has taken up a new Marvel series and this is what we get? What is an average comic book fan supposed to make of Karnak? The first two issues give a glimpse to the title character and develop the world of the book. Bleak and violent, with twisting art and grotesque maimings, the look of Karnak suggests the post-apocalypse. Quickly though, the series establishes its place in the current Marvel Comics Universe, a connection that works surprisingly well. Karnak is helping S.H.I.E.L.D. find a missing Inhuman child, whose encounter with the Terrigen Mists awakened… a resistance to allergies. Karnak agrees to find the child, but only if he is allowed to train the boy in his Tower of Wisdom, among many other disciples. These trade-offs and bargains are the sort of thing that make Karnak an interesting character in the all-too-often squeaky-clean major-crossover-loving world of the Marvel Universe. Continue reading The Best of All New All Different Marvel #2: Karnak
We’re approaching the mid-year mark on Marvel’s All New All Different relaunch, and many of the initial storylines have wrapped and are being prepped for the first collected editions of the ANAD era, due late next month.
Although this week doesn’t give us any series premieres – other than the Max Bemis-penned Worst X-Man Ever limited series – the new release shelf of your local comic shop should be absolutely spilling forth with Mighty Marvel Mania. Among the new books is the sixth issue of Mark Waid’s ANAD Avengers book, which will hopefully provide an answer to why Vision seems to be reverting to his old, sinister ways. We also get the long-awaited second issue of Ellis and Zaffino’s Karnak. Everyone here at The Institute is overjoyed that this series has re-commenced, but the truly good news is that Warren Ellis, who experienced some health scares last year, seems to be back to his good ol’ cheeseburger & cocktail self, steering well clear of another “terrible neurological event that hospitalises you and leaves you with mysterious, frightening neurological and physical deficits that science cannot explain…”
Continuing and related titles
All New Inhumans #4
All New X-Men #5
All New All Different Avengers #6
Amazing Spider-Man #1.3
Angela, Queen of Hel #5
The Astonishing Ant-Man #5
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4
New Avengers #7
Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #3
Spider-Man 2099 #7
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5
Venom: Space Knight #4
X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1 (of 5)
Continue reading All New All Different Marvel – Week 21
Only three new series debut this week, but with the second issues of two of the more high profile All New Marvel titles, it has made for a fairly engaging week 3.
The Inhumans are becoming a more integral part of Marvel’s bigger picture, so it makes sense to see them getting the star treatment in the comics as well. Karnak is featured in a Warren Ellis book, and the Uncanny Inhumans, first teased both in a “zero” issue and Free Comic Day preview earlier this year, hits the shelves courtesy of Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.
All New All Different premieres
Astonishing Ant-Man #1
Uncanny Inhumans #1
Amazing Spider-Man #2
Invincible Iron Man #2
Continue reading All New All Different Marvel – Week 3