Recently I was sent SHOUT! Factory‘s DVD featuring the Eisner-Award winning series The Inhumans, by Eisner Award-Winning Writer Paul Jenkins, Eisner Award-Winning Artist Jae Lee. So here’s my thoughts on what I have seen.
The story follows kingdom of Attilan under attack from without and within. As the Royal Family, led by Black Bolt (who cannot speak for his voice carries the destructive power of an atom bomb) repels the foreign invaders who blast at their outer defense, as well as the internal threat of Black Bolt’s brother, Maximus the Mad.
The story starts off very strong, exploring Black Bolts mindset as with so much power, he cannot speak a word or express how he feels to either his own people or the ones closest to him. Throughout this story you got to see what it means for someone like Black Bolt to have all that power, respect, and bear the weight of many people who would throw their lives away without question for him. Integrity is the theme of this movie, and while not seen on the surface, that is what makes Black Bolt who he is when he refuses to speak. Part of this story as well follows the lives of the young Attilans as they reach that point int their lives where they are exposed to the Terrigen Mist. This is the mist which gives the Inhumans their powers as exposure to the Terrigen Mist can both enhance and in some cases reduce their physical capabilities. Most Inhumans emerge in good physical condition possessing strength, reaction time, speed, endurance greater than the finest of human athletes, and their appearance is one of a kind. It’s great to get so many perspectives on the life of an Inhuman because they are a unique species. Even that of what they call, Alpha Primitives.
Overall it’s a very entertaining tale of how this race and the family within are able to stand together when their backs are completely against the wall to protect themselves from those who fear them enough to want to attack them. You see the human race fear them so much that they are willing to destroy their home to feel safe. There is something at stake for both sides, mainly the Inhumans and you feel that urgency throughout. The Inhumans are an underrated team and book, yet by the end of this movie you see how exciting their story real is.
The voice overs were definitely on point as you feel that this is a society that is centered around royalty, that they really are Inhumans compared to the outside world. They speak in a manner that is unique to them and that sells who they are to the viewer. The narration was very enjoyable as well not because of what is said but how the story was told. The narration made it easy for those who aren’t familiar to pick up on the story and understand who the perspective was coming from. By the end of the film that outside voice was able to tell us what wasn’t on the surface and what is going through the minds of those who are affected by the war.
The art style is something that is unique to all the motion comics alike and like the rest they manage to capture the essence of every event that takes place. Between the expressions, actions, transitions, and detail are all done so well. They intend to make you feel like you are seeing the book come to life on screen and that is generally what I got from it whilst I watched the movie.
The Bonus Features Include: A Look Back At The Inhumans with Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Jenkins, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and Supervising Producer Kalia Cheng. They give us an inside look on how they brought life to the Inhumans because the main point of movies such as this is to give such heroes as them some exposure when they seem to have been forgotten.
Total Feature Running Time: +/ – 132 minutes
MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION’S INHUMANS DVD is released for the first time on home entertainment shelves nationwide on April 23, 2013 from Shout! Factory.
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