A little late once again:
- War of Kings #1 of 6, by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Paul Pelletier & Rick Magyar (Marvel)
- Echo #10, by Terry Moore (Abstract)
- Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #5 of 6, by David Petersen (Archaia)
- Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #4 of 8, by Mike Mignola & Duncan Fegredo (Dark Horse)
- The Boys #28, by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson (Dynamite)
Havok, Polaris and the rest of the Starjammers escape from Emperor Vulcan and the Shi’ar empire and seek refuge with the Kree, who have recently seen Black Bolt of the Inhumans ascend to their throne. That former Empress Lilandra is with them doesn’t sit well with Vulcan, and he and his Imperial Guard launch a surprise strike during a royal wedding, inflicting a great deal of damage and capturing Lilandra. Black Bolt swears revenge, and so we have the War of Kings.
This feels a lot like One Event Too Many for the spacebourne Marvel heroes: In just under two years of Nova we’ve had Annihilation Conquest, Secret Invasion and now War of Kings, only the first of which seemed really relevant to the character, who’s got a pretty heavy story arc of his own. Guardians of the Galaxy is now in their second event in less than a year. The occasional event can be diverting, but more-than-annual events make it very difficult to stay invested in the titles being disrupted by them. That’s pretty much why I don’t buy most books in the mainstream Marvel Universe these days – just the good stuff on the fringes that doesn’t get caught up in the cockamamie events.
All that said, is this event any good? Well, sort of. It’s hard to tell who the heroes are: The Starjammers are decidedly underpowered in this environment, and everyone else is of dubious moral fiber at best. Vulcan’s clearly the worst of them, so the anticipation of seeing Black Bolt rip him a new one seems rather tasty. On the other hand, if the series doesn’t deliver Vulcan his comeuppance – something which seems well overdue at this point – then I’d have to ask what the point in publishing it is.
I guess we’ll see. It’ll gain a lot more credit with me if it doesn’t disrupt the two ongoing series much.