Friday, March 6, 2009

Rayboy's Review: War of Kings #1 (Marvel Comics)

"The first shots in a battle of imperial proportions have been fired! The Shi’Ar and the Inhumans are now locked in a deadly collision course, and the waves of destruction will wash across the universe! Which of the pawns in this epic clash will be the first to fall… and who will rise to become legends? When Kings wage war, who is caught in the crossfire… and who will rule?"

Marvel Comics new six-issue mini-series, War of Kings begins with the Starjammers timely arrival on the Kree Homeworld of Hala for the impending wedding of Ronan the Accuser and Crystal of the Royal Family of Attilan (said city having recently departed from the Blue Area of Earth’s Moon to travel across the vastness of space and take up residence on Hala). Black Bolt has also claimed leadership of the Kree Empire in the wake of the secret Skrull invasion of Earth, fulfilling the ancient destiny of the Inhumans; who were originally genetically modified by the Kree to become super-powered soldiers to be exploited for their own ends.

Unfortunately, during their cosmic migration to Hala, Black Bolt and the Inhumans engaged and destroyed a few Shi’Ar starships as they passed through that empires territory. Now Emperor Vulcan of the Shi’Ar (also the insane mutant brother of X-men Cyclops & Havok) has launched a punishing assault upon current Kree ruler, Black Bolt; and his timing couldn’t be better. With the royal nuptials distracting the attention of the Kree, Vulcan sends in his powerful Imperial Guard to exact some serious payback.

Taken by surprise, the Starjammers, the Inhumans, Kree warriors and Sentry’s all fall before the strategic might of Vulcan’s Super-Guardian Elite task force let by Gladiator. Familiar supporting characters suffer capture, severe injury and perhaps even death during this attack, and the inaugural issue of this new mini-series concludes with Lady Medusa and Black Bolt standing amidst the resulting carnage vowing revenge.

The entire creative team from Guardians of the Galaxy including writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, artist Paul Pelletier, inker Rick Magyar and colorist Wil Quintana has moved over from that title to produce War of Kings and based upon this outstanding kick-off, it will be one incredible ride. These guys really know how to make fun comics, and the added excitement of a larger universal pallet upon which they get to play only adds to the fun. It’s too bad that War of Kings couldn’t simply have been done in Guardians of the Galaxy (since the regular Guardians series will be a part of this more limited crossover event, along with Nova & War of Kings: Ascension), but I guess that those are the breaks. In addition to the characters already mentioned above, readers can expect to see young hero Darkhawk and King Blastaar of the Negative Zone appear during the course of this event.

Highly recommended!

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